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Its here at last!! - Prima Taste 'Chilli Crab La Mian' ( Noodle in Sweet & Spicy Seafood Sauce)

Ah! A real Gourmand indeed!
The Mosel or an off dry Alsatian Gewurtz should pair well with this slightly sweet and spicy dish!

about 8 hours ago
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Its here at last!! - Prima Taste 'Chilli Crab La Mian' ( Noodle in Sweet & Spicy Seafood Sauce)

Yes! IMO, I think the addition of Blue Crab is the way to go. Make sure you do not steam or boil the crab but stirred fry them in oil. That way, the Crab brain and roe will infused into the oil and really heightened it.
The way I prepared the crab. I first separate the body from the shell. Making sure you retain all the roe and brain. After removing and discarding the greyish gills, I simply chop the body and shell in half and stirred fry them in oil over high heat. If Chinese Cooking wine is available, I would sprinkle a little over the crab. I also like adding just a touch of dark soya sauce for color and taste. Remove from heat, add noodles and the prepackaged crab oil. Lastly, add the spicy sauce as per instruction. NICE!!!

about 15 hours ago
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Its here at last!! - Prima Taste 'Chilli Crab La Mian' ( Noodle in Sweet & Spicy Seafood Sauce)

Nowadays, I dislike Loblaws in general finding their produce inferior in quality and a tendency of over marking up their prices. Prefer Longo's for higher end stuff and choices

about 20 hours ago
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Its here at last!! - Prima Taste 'Chilli Crab La Mian' ( Noodle in Sweet & Spicy Seafood Sauce)

They should be available in all T&T stores by now. To play safe why not just give the store a phone call and ask?!

T And T Supermarket Inc
Address: 1 Promenade Cir, Thornhill, ON L4J 4P8
Phone:(905) 763-8113
Hours:

Open today · 9:00 am – 10:30 pm

Good Luck!

about 20 hours ago
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pacific Mall Recos

Is this an off-shoot of the First Markham Place store?

Vegetarian in Paris?

If you wanted to splurge on one meal? The 3* L'Arpege has one of the best Vegetarian Tasting Menu on earth!!

1 day ago
Charles Yu in France

Its here at last!! - Prima Taste 'Chilli Crab La Mian' ( Noodle in Sweet & Spicy Seafood Sauce)

For comparison, I 'normalize'the figure so that one is comparing apples with apples. Note both sodium quantity quoted is for 80g of noodles.

Fine dinning -- Niagara region

Yup! Start with TorontoJo's unparalleled write-up! Priceless!
For me, my favorites are Treadwell and Peller Estates.

Pacific Mall Recos

A little off tangent, but HDTV is renting out a space next to the escalator in Pacific Mall and currently having a SALE of flat screen TV. Some really excellent value!

Its here at last!! - Prima Taste 'Chilli Crab La Mian' ( Noodle in Sweet & Spicy Seafood Sauce)

Sure Sadistick! But are you sure you want a 'LAZY' business partner?! Ha!!

As to making chilli crab from scratch for noodles, here in Toronto?! I am only mortal, my chowfriend!! :)!!

Pacific Mall Recos

Please don't get me wrong sbug206. Of course I realize the two places are miles apart. I am in no way encouraging a 'time constraint' OP to make a special trip just to try out Won Ton Huts offering. All I am saying is that the quality of Won ton shop IMHO is just average to mediocre at best and does not warrant the time, effort and tummy space of someone whose goal is to eat something 'interesting and special'!!
Whether the OP is Asian or not, I do not think it is really 'that' relevant. After all, average tasting food is still average tasting food. BTW, our long standing 'chowmaster' Estufarian is a real expert in Indian / Pakistani food. But he is Canadian Caucasian!! As well, the majority of fellow chowhounders who attended the 'Chinese food' chowmeets that I organized recently and in the past are NOT Asian. However, they sure can differentiate good tasty food from mediocre ones!! Even though a lot of the dishes were their first time experiences.

Back to Pacific Mall delicacies. Interesting no body mentioned 'Bubble Tea'? Also, the freshly made 'Crisp Egg Roll and mini Chinese waffle Desserts' on the second floor, across from the Sharks Fin place, are pretty good as well. Lastly, the Potato noodle in lamb broth at the end of the corridor next to the lamb skewer place is delicious too>

Private Dining-Mistura vs. Splendido?

First off, I love the ambiance of Spendido's wine cellar private room. IMO, Just the right intimate cozy size for your party.

Foodwise, you are looking at Italian influence of Mistura versus French ( plus a bit of Japanese fusion lately ) influenced of Splendido.

Splendido's Chef Victor Barry is 99% there in the kitchen to overlook the food. Unsure whether Chef Massimo Capra still preside over Mistura's kitchen?

Chef Victor just came back from a recent trip to California where he ate and visited the chefs at the Michelin 3* Saison and French Laundry. Have picked up new ideas and inspiration for incorporation into his food!

My choice - Splendido, hands down!

Its here at last!! - Prima Taste 'Chilli Crab La Mian' ( Noodle in Sweet & Spicy Seafood Sauce)

Yes, may be?! - but on the surface!
However, the fact that 'this' noodle is steamed and air-dried NOT fried. Contains no MSG, preservative, zero cholesterol and transfat and most of all taste good is worth the premium in my book.
From the packaging description, Mr Noodles falls into the following 'deadly' category, I think?!
http://www.inquisitr.com/1418559/rame...

Pacific Mall Recos

Quality of the Wonton Shop is far inferior to those of ' Won Ton Hut' on Warden and Hwy#7. Broth of the former is bland and nothing like the traditional 'shrimp egg and dried bonito' based Hong Kong version. The essential 'yellowing chives' is missing from their condiments. Aroma of lard is missing from the noodles. Won ton is also less bouncy and the seasoning of the prawn filling is inferior.

Its here at last!! - Prima Taste 'Chilli Crab La Mian' ( Noodle in Sweet & Spicy Seafood Sauce)

Hello foodyDudey,
Nice looking dish! BTW, I too had another package for lunch! Ha!
The crab I guess comes from the 'Crab oil' which indeed has a very pronounced crab flavor. I did find the amount of sauces and oil slightly insufficient for the amount of noodles provided. As such, I reduced the noodle quantity to further heightened the taste profile. My next bowl of Laksa will be one huge bowl of noodles! :)!!
I also added bean sprouts to enhance the textural feel of the dish! Chowhounders do think alike!!

Its here at last!! - Prima Taste 'Chilli Crab La Mian' ( Noodle in Sweet & Spicy Seafood Sauce)

No! Instant noodles section

Latest Opinions on L'Arpege??

Hello Souphie,
Isn't 'inconsistency' the name of the game with most restaurants these days? Even with the 'best of the best' Michelin 3 stars? Not only nowadays, but I can still recall my meals at Jamin and Louis XV years ago, when both master chefs Robuchon and Ducasse were manning the kitchen, still have dishes that miss. My only 'near perfect' French meal was at Troigros when both father and son were in the kitchen. I think nowadays, most consistency are found with Japanese Michelin star chefs! Tokyo is known for that.
As for 'expensive'. Again, isn't this the norm with Michelin 3* in Paris? Be it Ledoyen, Astrance, Pierre Gagnaire, Guy Savoy......etc. IMO, the main thing is for one to get one's money's worth. Worst thing is to pay 3* pricing but for 1 or 2 star food and service. On the other hand, it is a great bonus and satisfaction for one to pay 1 or 2 star pricing at ( new or upcoming ) restaurants but getting 3* quality food!!
In fact, L'Arpege was such restaurant, when Le Figaro first reviewed it years ago. Not long after I ate there, it was promoted from a 1 to 2 stars and again, when I ate there next, Michelin promoted it to 3* a week after my meal!! Talk about great timing!!

Oct 21, 2014
Charles Yu in France

Its here at last!! - Prima Taste 'Chilli Crab La Mian' ( Noodle in Sweet & Spicy Seafood Sauce)

FTI, Prima Taste salt content is 800mg per 80g pack.
Comparing to say 'Nissin' Tonkotsu Flavour Ramen', this latter comes in at a whopping 1760mg per 80g pack!!
Prima is much more 'healthy' - if one is allow to use this word to describe this 'junk food'?! Ha!

La Palette

For genuinely good French Bistro food cooked by a Burgundian Chef with Parisian Michelin star credential - La Croisee on Bayview Avenue close to Rahier!
Here's their latest fall menu:
http://www.lacroisee-restaurant.com/

Foodie stops in Markham

I heard their duck is mighty fine too! That one is on MY list! Ha!!

'Giando Italian Restaurant, HK' - Police called after food blogger refused to pay and threatens restaurant by writing them up!

Irrespective, no flow or slow flow of beverages should not equate to 'that patron' refusing to pay for the meal and using extortion like threatening languages. I doubt food critic, Ruth Reichel of the New York times will do that even being mistreated?!

Foodie stops in Markham

You should also try the newly opened 'Shanghai Dim Sum' as well!

Its here at last!! - Prima Taste 'Chilli Crab La Mian' ( Noodle in Sweet & Spicy Seafood Sauce)

I have a fairly low tolerance to spiciness as well. However, this one I can take. Its a nice sort of 'heat'. For $2.99! What the hack?! Give it a try. You might end up loving it

Its here at last!! - Prima Taste 'Chilli Crab La Mian' ( Noodle in Sweet & Spicy Seafood Sauce)

Yup!! $2.99 a pack!

Its here at last!! - Prima Taste 'Chilli Crab La Mian' ( Noodle in Sweet & Spicy Seafood Sauce)

Whilst shopping at the 16th Ave / Woodbine T&T, I noticed this new addition on their instant noodle shelf. With a surprisingly successful launch and positive response to Prima Taste's previous two instant noodle products - Laksa and Curry, I have no hesitation in buying a couple to take home.

The result? I urge you to buy a packet and try it out yourself. Personally, I found it very delicious, aromatic and spicy. Swarmed with a robust, tasty and umami filled sauce. Of course, the noodle is as chewy and al dente as ever. Next time, to kick it up a notch, I'll add a couple of Blue Crab to the mix!!
Hope you enjoy it?!!

Weezies for sale

Another one of those average eateries that seems to fall onto the sideline! Last review was way back in 2009. No interest or mentioning since. Looks like it was popular once but got ignored due to being bested by other new openings?.
May be that's the real 'for sale' reason. Tough to be in the restaurant business in Toronto!

'Giando Italian Restaurant, HK' - Police called after food blogger refused to pay and threatens restaurant by writing them up!

A former chowhounder posted these interesting events!!

http://www.diarygrowingboy.com/2014/1...

https://www.facebook.com/giandohk

Latest Opinions on L'Arpege??

No! No! No! PLEASE keep the reservation! IMHO, still one of the top three Michelin 3* in town. You will be amazed with the food!!

If this is your first time, I would opt for their ' Classic with meat & seafood' menu. If you prefer vegetables then the 'Classic all vegetarian' is one of the best vegetarian tasting menu on earth. If you are repeating, then go for the 'Surprise' and see what 'special' Chef Alain Passard has to offer on that day?

Oct 19, 2014
Charles Yu in France

This happened in Hong Kong - Food blogger refused to pay claiming he is famous and can cause business to fail!!

Yes! The blogger in question is the arrogant guy in the baseball cap surrounded by the police. He must think he is a clone of the New York Times Critic Ruth Riechel, to have such influence?! Ha!!

Oct 18, 2014
Charles Yu in Food Media & News

"Ocean Seafood Restaurant", Richmond Hill - Lunch vs Dinner = Jekyll vs Hyde

Shouldn't it be 'Toronto' and NOT Aurora?!

Tasty BBQ Seafood Restaurant 味皇港式海鮮燒臘
3555 Don Mills Rd., Unit 11, Toronto, ON M2H 3N3
(416) 756-7773