Beef & Tomato over Rice Recipe

If you are Asian, you’ll most likely have eaten Beef & Tomato over rice at least once in your life. This is a popular dish in Taiwanese culture. My mom makes a pretty good version, so I got this recipe from her. There’s only one problem…she never measures anything, making it hard for me to replicate anything she makes.

So, this is my interpretation of my mom’s home cooking.

Beef & Tomato over Rice – by Mom (feeds 2)

Ingredients:
1 large tomato
1 beef patty (or ground beef or beef slices)
1 tblspn ketchup
1 teaspn white vinegar
1 egg
Leftover rice (or cook 1/2 cup of rice)
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Dice your tomatoes. Heat up a frying pan with some oil. Add tomatoes & cook it down until they are almost soft.
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Add the ketchup & vinegar & mix too incorporate.
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Add the beef patty & break up the pieces. Cook meat thoroughly.
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Crack an egg in the center & mix into the tomato.
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Serve over rice. There’s always leftover rice in the fridge so I would just reheat it.
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This is a quick meal. The ingredients are simple & if you use brown rice instead, it’ll be a pretty healthy option.

ENJOY!

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 – Casa Victoria Review

CASA VICTORIA
8601 Warden Ave, Unit 4-6
Markham, ON L3R 0B5, Canada
905-948-1618

If you want high end dim sum in the Markham area of Canada, then Casa Victoria is the place for you. The restaurant is elegantly decorated, the food is excellent & the prices matches the quality of the food. It is definitely on the expensive side, but if you want to indulge, then this is the place to do it.
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The restaurant is very popular during lunch time, so if you plan to go, you’ll most likely have to wait for a table. The place is quite large, but it fills up quickly because the Asian community really love their dim sum. It is a madhouse during the weekends, but if you go early or on a weekday, you might luck out with a table.
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From left to right:
Spare ribs, fried tofu rolls, beef ribs, fried dough rice roll (can’t remember what was in the 2nd rice roll), chicken feet, beef tripe, sui mai & har gow.

The food is amazing here & it is a place you should try at least once. Everything is made to perfection. From the thin, freshly made silky smooth rice rolls to the finger licking good beef ribs to the har gow which is 3x bigger than your normal shrimp dumplings, you will not be disappointed. We absolutely love it here.

If you are in the area or plan to visit, this is a must try.

ENJOY!

Mian Review

MIAN
18402 Horace Harding Expy
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
347-732-9365

Hubby & I worked up an appetite after attending Michael’s Grand Opening (it was a madhouse, but we scored some freebies)! Mian was nearby & we’ve been meaning to try it out, so this was the perfect opportunity on a rainy Sunday. We read some good & some bad reviews online, but it’s cheap Chinese food, what do you really expect, right?!?

The inside was reminiscent of Saint’s Alp Teahouse in Manhattan. With the tables & the uncomfortable little chairs, but I can see this as a cute little hangout if you want to get some tea or dessert with friends. Btw, they offer Eileen’s Cheesecake here, which is great if you don’t want to trek out into Manhattan for it.

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Inside of Mian

They have a small menu, which in my opinion, is good. It makes deciding easier, plus we’re hoping they excel in those few items they serve.

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A quick background, Mian means Noodles in Chinese. So we’re expecting them to at least make good noodles. Hubby ordered #9 –  Mian Soup Noodle.

You pick a Noodle (Broad Rice Flat Noodles, Egg Noodles, Udon, Rice Noodles).
Then, you pick a Topping (Roast Pork, Roast Duck, Shredded Chicken, Beef Brisket Stew, Homemade Wontons).

Hubby went with Egg Noodles & Homemade Wontons.

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#9 – Mian Soup Noodle – egg noodle & wonton

I decided to order one of my all-time favorites, #26 – Pork Chop – Deep Fried Pork Chop Served with Pork Sauce Over Rice.

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#26 – Pork Chop

The verdict: The hubby thought the noodles were cooked well, the broth wasn’t too salty & the wontons tasted fresh. And the price point of $6 was on par with other cheap eats Chinese restaurants, so he had no complaints. If you like spicy, don’t forget to ask for the Chili sauce. That was the star of the whole meal. It looks to have been made fresh & with the right amount of spiciness.

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You see the chili sauce on the right side. That was the star!

As for my pork chop over rice, I was pleasantly surprised when I moved the pork chops. I didn’t realize they had minced pork sauce covering the rice. Yeah, yeah, I know the description said “pork sauce” but I honestly didn’t even know what that meant! Oh, I slathered that pork sauce all over my white rice & enjoyed every bite. Hubby liked it too, but the pork chop over rice at 66 Lu’s Seafood still reigns supreme. At $6, it was decent & it will do on a rainy day & if you don’t want to trek into the heart of traffic-filled, human-filled Flushing, NY.

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Look at the brown pork sauce! Mumm…

We thought the place wasn’t bad. I wouldn’t make a special trip out here just to try this place, but if you’re in the neighborhood, it’s a decent place for decent food.