Sunday, October 24, 2010

Seafood Laksa at Gourmet Garden -- Heavenly

After hearing about it a lot, and having managed to some of the dishes, I recently got the chance to visit the Gourmet Garden Malaysian & Singapore Cuisine in east Toronto.
Tucked behind a series of stores, the building houses a food court with at least three restaurants.
The Gourmet Garden in Toronto

Friday, October 1, 2010

A Quick, Long Lunch at a Korean Fast Food Joint

 After a three or four month gap, it was time to visit the T&T supermarket at Middlefield & Steeles, in Toronto.
Visiting a gigantic Chinese supermarket such as T&T is an experience of its own, but this story is not about the supermarket.
After the shopping, I was hungry. Thinking back, there were probably two key reasons why I felt hungry at that point – the tasters – from the pieces of dim sum, grilled oyster mushrooms and even a lump of sticky rice -- I had inside the supermarket, and of course the sight and sounds of a food court. This is one of the few ‘ethnic’ supermarkets with its own food court.
As usual at such places, it was tough to decide where to go – should I go to a Chinese restaurant, or to the Japanese. I was going from one end to the other when I noticed a customer taking from one of the stands a tray with a bowl of colourful soup.
I went to the woman behind the counter to ask what it is. With a very friendly face she pointed to the board behind her, and said it was tofu soup. Coming to a Chinese food court and having a vegetarian soup? I was not impressed but the sight of that dish was too enthralling, so I asked her what it contained. Tofu and seafood.
Sea food?
I ordered it.