Hubby & I trek to Canada a few times a year to visit his relatives. It’s almost always a food eating fest when we get up there. Our plans always revolve around food. The Asian foods up there is by far some of the best we’ve ever had, even compared to foods in Hong Kong.
Let’s go on a little food tour of Markham/Scarborough area in Ontario, Canada. This area is about a 30 minute drive from downtown Toronto. It is densely populated with an Asian community; therefore, there are tons of Asian restaurants & shopping centers in the area.
Let’s start with Dim Sum. You cannot go to Canada without having eaten at least one or two meals of dim sum. I once ate 5 consecutive days of dim sum, which caused a major dim sum overdose. I would not recommend that unless you are a die-hard fan of dim sum.
Dim sum, translated, means “touch your heart.” It’s is the Chinese version of tapas. Usually, little ladies push food carts around the restaurant & you pick & choose what you want. They are small plates of food so everyone can try a little piece or 2.
2301 Brimley Rd
Scarborough, ON M1S 5B8
TIP: If you get here before 11am & put in your order (they have a sheet to pick & choose what you want), all the dishes is one price. Usually, they go by S, M or L. The small being cheaper & the large being more expensive. Get there early to save some money & also you’re most likely to get a seat because it gets crazy in there with long wait times if you are a large party.
Chicken Feet (bottom)– This is marinated in a fatty lard sauce. Some people have an aversion to chicken feet, but I love it. It’s so tasty. You pull off the skin with your teeth & spit out the bones. I’m a classy lady, so I love spitting out bones in front of everyone.
Roast Pork wrapped in phyllo (right)– flakey crust filled w/ Chinese roast pork. These were smaller than the triangular ones we usually get, which means less filling for us. Boo.
Vegetable Spring Roll (upper left)– grandma likes this dish so we ordered it. Not sure what the fuss is all about but she really likes them.
Beef Rice Rolls – this is a standard dim sum dish that most everyone orders. It usually comes with beef or shrimp drizzled with soy sauce. You’d want the rice wrapping to be thin yet soft & silky.
Sui Mai – Pork filled steamed dumplings.
Har Gow – Shrimp dumpling in a thin, translucent wrapper.
Tofu skin wrap – These usually have veggies inside & either chicken or pork. I think this one had chicken. I absolutely loved this. It was so delicious that I think I ate the whole dish by myself.
Pineapple bun filled with Roast Pork – there isn’t any pineapple in this bun. The name comes from the cookie like crust on top that resembles a pineapple. The crunchy topping, soft bread & the tasty roast pork filling were so incredibly satisfying.
Custard buns – In Chinese, these are called “leaky sand” buns & they should come piping hot. When you bite into it, the custard is supposed to leak out if made properly. These were decent.
Note: the standard tip in Canada is 10%, but you can always tip more if you’d like.
That was a good start to our day in Canada. The rest of the day was devoted to more gluttony. More updates to come!