Adventures in Canadia – T&T Supermarket

T&T Supermarket
They have multiple locations in the Markham/Scarborough/Toronto area:
Woodbine – 9255 Woodbine Ave., Markham, ON L6C 1Y9
Milliken – 5661 Steeles Ave. East, Scarborough, ON M1V 5P6
Unionville – 8339 Kennedy Road, Building C, G/F, Markham ON L3R 5T5
Toronto (Downtown) – 222 Cherry St., Toronto, ON M5A 3L2
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Put me in a T&T Supermarket & I will run rampant. An adult (namely me) in a T&T supermarket is the equivalent to a kid in a candy store. I can go buck-wild in this store. I can spend hours on end going up & down every aisle & then walking them all over again. There’s so much to explore. Some stores are bigger than others, but they all have great quality food. I am absolutely in love with this supermarket.

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Chicken Pot Pie, Beef Curry Pastry and Egg Tarts


Upon entering the store, the first thing you’ll notice is the bakery. They bake all their breads & bun pastries fresh, daily. They’re so fresh that they can’t seal the bags because they’re still piping hot. You’ll have to grab a twisty tie when you grab a bag to close it up. That’s how fresh it is.
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Taro paste baked into fresh Bread


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Pineapple bun with Red Bean filling


Seriously, these bakers are so skilled in their craft. Everything is tender soft. The fillings are always delicious & never overly sweet. You can’t go wrong with anything you pick up.
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Fresh Sushi


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Spicy Salmon Onigiri


They also have a vast section devoted to hot & cooked foods. You can get roast pork & soy sauce chicken over rice, dim sum items, sushi, Vietnamese sandwiches, steamed buns, sweet tofu dessert, egg tarts & lots of other Asian food items. They even offer tapioca drinks & soy milk.
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Fruits and Produce


After all that, then you realize this is a supermarket! There’s fresh produce & fruit, frozen items, baking items, sauces, meats, fresh seafood & so much more. They have an extensive snack section for Asian cookies, candies, chocolates & potato chips with weird flavors that you don’t usually find (i.e. curry, sushi, roasted chicken, okonomiyaki, & seaweed flavors).
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Hot Foods


Some stores even have a whole beauty section with imported items from Hong Kong, Korea, China & other countries. All the packaging is so cute!tntoverview.jpg
The Milliken location in Scarborough has a food court. These are restaurants not associated with T&T. We went there for breakfast before we headed back to NY. The food at Original Congee restaurant was delicious. They were Hong Kong style dishes, which I love. Fast, cheap & good food. This kind of food makes me wish we did live in Canada…sometimes.
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Rice Roll, Fried Noodle, Congee, Turnip Cake, Rice Roll (again)Fried Sweet Dough


Visiting a T&T supermarket is always on our agenda when we visit Canada. We always shop on the last day so we can bring back some fresh baked goodies on the ride home.

ENJOY!

Adventures in Canadia – Dragon Dynasty Review

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.

DRAGON DYNASTY
2301 Brimley Rd
Scarborough, ON M1S 5B8
(416) 321-9000

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.
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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.

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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.
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Sui Mai – Pork filled steamed dumplings.
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Har Gow – Shrimp dumpling in a thin, translucent wrapper.
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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.
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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.
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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!

ENJOY!