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Nom Nom Nom – Reviews: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Edition – Part 2

Congee with fresh fried dough stick and rice roll w/dough stick

Welcome back. I decided to split these reviews into 2 separate parts so you wouldn’t be too overwhelmed with all that reading at once. How thoughtful am I, huh? Anyways, I hope you enjoyed reading Part 1, so without much further ado, here is Part 2 with more reviews of Asian restaurants.

Mei Nung Beef Noodle House
3229 Highway 7 East
Markham, ON L3R

Review Date: March 2011

Homemade beef noodle soup

We walked into this place because the pungent aroma emanating from here to the parking lot attracted us. This joint is all about the Taiwan-style beef noodle, hence its name, “Mei Nung Beef Noodle House,” and I’m guessing that that was beef noodle that we could smell from the outside too. We actually came here on our last day in Toronto and we were on a mission to try to eat as much of the good food as we can before we headed back. This was the first stop before we went to Ding Tai Fung, just a few storefronts down, so it was a quick stop.

Tofu with preserved eggs

First, we ordered the tofu with preserved eggs appetizer. It was chilled (supposed to be) but it was good. Then we split a bowl of homemade beef noodle soup and a bowl of homemade noodle with fried beef sauce among 4 people. After ordering, our waitress gave us a quizzical look, like the kind that says “you guys are only ordering 2 bowls for 4 people??” Yes, we are only ordering 2 bowls for 4 people. We are trying to save our stomach for our food binge later on.

Anyways, everything here was really good. I liked the appetizer a lot and the beef noodle soup over the one with the sauce. I would come back here again next time, hopefully for more than 15 minutes and I get my own bowl myself too.

Money: $ (out of 4)

Good date place? Okay la.

Grade: A

Would I return? (Yay or nay): Yay. I need to come back here again and try more of their stuff on the menu, and hopefully stay for more than 15 min next time.

Station Asia
4390 Steeles Ave, Unit B59
Markham, ON L3R 9V7

Review Date: March 2011

We came into this place because some of us got excited seeing “scallop rabbitfish congee” on the menu. I guess it was supposed to be good? I dunno… Personally, I think we “water turtles” got tricked with their huge flashy ad sitting outside. The scallop rabbitfish congee tasted only “meh.” I didn’t find anything special with it. We also were going to order the “blueberry and strawberry fried rice” (yes, weird I know, but we just wanted to try something different) but anyways, no dice because they didn’t have any blueberries nor strawberries so they wanted to substitute with papaya and cantaloupe instead (probably even weirder). Right now, I don’t even remember what second dish we had order but I know we did order something. Oh well. Oh yeah, and the service was pretty shoddy as well. Felt like the server had a bad attitude. Not impressed and not coming back here.

Money: $ (out of 4)

Good date place? No. If you come here on a date, then you’ll be guaranteed that you won’t get a second date.

Grade: D

Would I return? (Yay or nay): Hells nay.

Tea Shop 168
4300 Steeles Ave E
Markham, ON L3R 0Y5

Review Date: March 2011

Fried assorted meatballs (w/passionfruit black tea in background)

Came in here to kill time while waiting for a member of our group getting a haircut across the way. I saw that they recently made available fresh sugarcane juice so that’s what I had to drink. Mmm very good. It did tasted like it was fresh and not fresh from concentrate or syrup. I ordered the “medium” size and it came in a super tall glass that seemed like it was “extra large” instead. I guess this is how Canadians roll.

Also ordered some kind of fried assorted meat balls for a quick snack that also turned out to be VERY oily. When you picked up a piece, you can actually see big drops of oil dripping. -1 star for that.

Money: $ (out of 4)

Good date place? Sure, if you were still in high school, it’d probably be a good hangout place after school or for playing hooky, like with some of the kids we saw there that day…

Grade: B-

Would I return? (Yay or nay): Maybe. If someone else wanted to get a haircut too at the place across the way, and I needed some time to kill.

Sam’s Congee Delight
4390 Av Steeles E
Markham, ON L3R 9V7

Review Date: March 2011

Congee with fried dough stick

Came in here because we were observing from the outside that they were making fresh dough stick in there, from scratch, with real dough and all, not from frozen! So of course we had to go in and try it and their congee too! We ordered the pork and preserved egg congee and the assorted topping congee, along with the fresh fried dough stick (of course) and also the dough stick with rice roll around it. And everything was very good here, though I prefer the pork and preserved egg congee more.

Service was very quick here too. Once you come in, they hand you a piece of paper with the menu on it and they insist you to write down what you want with a pencil. The server comes back, checks what you want, head for the kitchen, and pretty instantly, comes back out with your food already. Wow!

Money: 1/2 $ (out of 4) – It was really cheap!

Good date place? Not really the most romantic place but if your date loves congee and fried dough stick… why not…

Grade: A

Would I return? (Yay or nay): Yay, I WANT to come back here again.

And last, but definitely not least…

Mi-NE Japanese Restaurant
10815 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3E3

Review Date: March 2011

Agedashi tofu

We wanted some sushi in Toronto so after reading the rave reviews here on Yelp, we decided to check out what Mi-NE was all about. We come in on a Friday night and it was packed. I suppose that’s a good sign… probably had to wait 15 min or so, not too bad. Once we sat down, we ordered the age dashi tofu for appetizer. When the appetizer came, the dried shaved bonito on top was still moving! (Or the heat or a/c was blowing hard in here). Anyways, I can tell you that this was one of the better age dashi tofu I’ve ever had and I’ve had some pretty crappy ones. For sushi, we ordered a whole boatload of raw fish, quite literally! I forgot how many pieces we had ordered but it was more than enough. I was quite full at the end. The sushi was really good here too. Fish seems fresh. Pieces nicely cut. The makis tasted good. Mmm nom nom nom! We had ordered so many pieces that I’m not even going to try to break down what we ordered individually mainly because 1.) I had forgotten what we had ordered and 2.) there’s just too much to list; I’d still be here tomorrow writing this if I were to list everything out. All you need to know is this place does live up to its rave reviews and awards it had gotten and for sushi, it is reasonably priced as well.

Mmm fresh sushi...

Whole boatload worth of sushi

Sidenote: we did take much longer than expected to get here though, because we took the “scenic route.” By the time we got here, everybody in the car was ready to gnaw each other’s limbs off and more. Luckily, it wasn’t too long of a wait inside. I guess that’s what we get for being tourists hah. On the other hand though, I did get to see a lot more of Toronto than I would have ever imagined. Now I know that there is a “Korea Town” there–or at least a Korean section of Yonge Street.

Money: $$$ (out of 4)

Good date place? I think *most* Japanese restaurants (at least the ones I like to go to) are good date places…

Grade: A

Would I return? (Yay or nay): Yay, but next time, I should take the less scenic route.

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