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Scarborough Authentic Chinese

Kennedy and Eglinton

Apple picking suggestions please?

Whittamore Farms also had apple picking and a play area (charged admission) for the kids. How old are your children?

Little Saigon - Richmond Hill

Was in the area on Tuesday - noticed the owner, was speaking Vietnamese, so hopefully it's the real deal! Didn't see any stickers for Interac/credit cards, so might be cash only right now.

Estrella Taqueria: New Taco Place Opening in North York

I'll be sure to take some pictures next time I walk by - I work down the street from there.

Estrella Taqueria: New Taco Place Opening in North York

I saw their Twitter - just a lot of retweets, nothing really original...

Even their Facebook page stopped posting after May 8th...

OpenTable says the restaurant could not be found in their system.

Forgot to mention that their logo/sign was also taken down as well, just exposed wiring amongst the awnings.

Estrella Taqueria: New Taco Place Opening in North York

Anyone hear anything about Estrella closing down?

Currently has paper signs taped on the windows saying they're closed on June 2nd and 3rd, but there's also a sign on the door saying they're closed for the day (not specifying which particular day); people have been leaving comments in pen on the sign about how they've shown up and the restaurant is still closed. The restaurant voice mailbox is also full.

Watercress in Ottawa

You should be able to get watercress at your Ottawa T&T supermarket - the watercress may not be grown in Ottawa, but it can be imported.

saffron - where to get it?

You do realize that this thread and replies are over 10 years old...

Many of the independent higher-end supermarkets also carry saffron in the little square packages - what area are you in?

ISO of catfish fillet in Vaughan or even Toronto if there is no place in Vaughan

Fortino's? Walmart? Most major supermarkets carry them fresh

Another new kid on the block - 'Yang's' Chinese Cuisine, MARKHAM

Been there twice so far and yes, I have agree that the quality is good and consistent.

The general manager used to be one of the managers/partners of Emperor in Richmond Hill, but left around 2 years ago - I remarked to my wife that the chinese restaurant scene is quite close-knit and you'll see staff recycled from other restaurants.

Service is attentive, servers speak decent English and the aquariums full of seafood are so inspiring - my wife loved some of the seafood set menus and my 2-year old son didn't stop saying "fishy!" for over 2 hours!

The har gow skin was a bit thick, however the freshness and flavour were spot on. Steamed beef balls were perfectly springy and didn't have a radioactive pink tinge from overuse of tenderizer. All other items, too many to list, were seasoned correctly and appropriately - no blandness! The soya sauce for the cheung fun was nice and warm, the container was a bit TOO warm to hold at first though - such a hardship for some good food :)

Everything is $3.00 before 11am on weekdays, and I haven't noticed any tricks with not letting customers in like some other restaurant mentioned.

As per my wife, Yang's has toppled the Emperor for dim sum - long live Yang's!

"The Emperor" - A short 'quality' up-date

Went back to Emperor this morning for dim sum at around 10:00am - apparently it's their 5 year anniversary and it's 10% off from March 1st thru May 1st; unfortunately I assume it doesn't apply on weekends, even though the bill is paid in cash

But I digress - ordered har gow, beef cheung fun, minced beef balls, shrimp and chive dumplings, chicken and ginger bun, sauteed mushrooms with garlic, and green onion pancake.

The beef cheung fun and chicken & ginger buns were fine - sheets were relatively light and the buns were standard like other steamed buns

The har gow and shrimp & chive dumplings were disappointing - the wrappers ripped while being extracted from the steamer and were very doughy. The shrimps themselves were mushy and off, not crisp and fresh. To be honest, my wife compared the har gow to the frozen ones that she could get as take out from food court stands!

The green onion pancake barely had any green onions, nor flavour - very bland! I knew I shouldn't have ordered it, but I had a craving for it *sigh*

The mushrooms sauteed with garlic - non-existent; I had to cancel it because it never arrived; apparently the kitchen was short staffed.

I've even noticed a change in the quality of the tea leaves - I drink Iron Goddess and usually it leaves a sweet and fresh aftertaste, even if it's brewed strongly. This time though, the aftertaste was sour.

Also, the order sheet was a photocopy, as opposed to how the restaurant used to provide regular printed sheets - I'm nitpicking now, I know costs are skyrocketing for everyone.

Finally, yes I didn't receive my 10% discount, even though I paid cash. As well...the restaurant charged my 2 year old son the standard tea charge! It was only $1.20, but I was surprised about that; most restaurants I've been to will waive most, if not all, charges for children under a certain age, especially if they don't eat! The service was ok, just had to wait a bit of time for my change - in the end, I flagged someone down to say I was waiting for my change,

Oh well. It's been agreed between my wife and I that we will probably not be returning to the Emperor, especially with the influx of all these newer, and probably, superior dim sum restaurants. It's a shame - it was the first dim sum restaurant that I brought my wife to where she didn't feel discriminated against; if you read my prior posts about the Emperor, I've always been mostly positive and "forgiving".

I did ask the owner of the cafe next door on whether there was a change of ownership - he said there wasn't, but that there was a high turnover of staff, especially in the kitchen. Incidentally, the buns at the cafe are wonderful and the chocolate mousse cake is divine!

Charles Yu, any comments? I've taken my wife to Skyview, and we enjoyed it immensely, but with the "scandal" of tables being held back during early bird, I find it hard to justify going back to Skyview. I guess Yang's Chinese Cuisine is next on my list to try!

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

I never noticed their premium cuts being mechanically tenderized when I purchased them - I know that the practice was being discontinued due to insufficient cleaning/sterilization.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

Ah, I get what you're saying now :)

Gristly Choice steaks in the US is somewhat upsetting, especially on a Rib steak!

I know for a fact that all of Costco's beef is Albertan beef, no US-finished feedlot beef. Visble marbling can be visually appealing, but it is not always indicative of tenderness and quality of the beef. Mind you, Costco has a great return policy, and I guess you could always bring back the cooked steak if it wasn't tender enough :)

True, you may have had a bad run, OR you're right, the visible marbling is lacking. It was also a rough winter, so maybe the cows weren't finishing well, thus not fattening to the likes we consumers are used to.

Give it another chance. But if the rib steak sucks, you're right to complain :)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

What particular cuts are you referring to? If the labels on the packaging indicate the beef is AAA, it indeed would be illegal to sell anything of lesser grade.

I bought a pack of two gorgeous boneless chuck roasts last week - cut them into stew beef cubes and they cooked up fantastic. Also bought a nice prime rib roast.

Haven't noticed a drop in quality of beef though.

Monday night sushi

Even Anthony Bourdain, in his latest book "Medium Raw", stated that what he said in Kitchen Confidential was BS
:)

Where to buy kang kong/ong choy/water spinach

I think it's in season late spring through early fall

Where to buy kang kong/ong choy/water spinach

I don't think it's in season right now - if it is, then it's the darker green one which is grown in ground and is tougher

Have you tried T&T or any of the asian supermarkets?

It's also known as Morning Glory :)

Pancake Tuesday

Niagara Falls is too far!!! Why couldn't IHOP be in the GTA?!

Meaty English Cut Beef Short Ribs -Where can I find them in Toronto?

You could try T&T - they usually have the whole fresh short ribs and they can they cut it to your specification. I've seen it between $4.99-$6.99/lb.

The Chippery potato chips

Their website says Sobeys carries them.

Anchovies : Love it or hate it.

You're absolutely right, Wiley - I love seeing a nice Caesar salad with anchovies

Love making a pasta dish with an anchovy based sauce - heat up a pan, hit it with the anchovies and the oil it came in, then add shallots and garlic, salt & pepper, and then add the cooked dripping pasta, top with fresh parmesan. Yum!

'Chuan Yu-Home' - Some AWESOME tasting Sichuan food!!

Hopefully the pancakes aren't pre-made/frozen from a supplier...

Wild salmon

Hey Flex,

Exactly - the box's label clearly stated farmed king salmon fillets, and it was being labelled and sold in store as wild caught pacific coho salmon fillets. It was a supermarket, not an independent fishmonger. I never thought to take pictures of it, nor brought it up because I was still employed. To be honest, I forgot the whole situation until I read this thread.

Wild salmon

I've seen personally where farm raised king salmon fillets were passed off and sold as wild caught salmon

Won't mention the store (don't want to be libellous, as I don't have physical proof), but I worked there myself and was in that department.

'Chuan Yu-Home' - Some AWESOME tasting Sichuan food!!

Morning Charles,

Looks fantastic! Do the servers speak English or Cantonese? Do you order via a sheet?

'Dragon Boat Chinese Fusion Cuisine' - Hit and Miss Dim Sum!

Was there a long wait for a table? Did regulars get to jump the queue?

Was the head-on shrimp overcooked (mushy) or decent?

How was the "thousand-layer" cake?

Hot Pot?

My wife and I enjoy Made In China in Scarborough (3280 Midland Avenue, units 27 & 28) and 100 Degrees in Richmond Hill (650 Highway 7, unit 102). Both restaurants have menus in English and the servers are also fluent in English.

I'm sure Charles Yu will have more recommendations or even suggest doing it at home, which is very fun as well :)

'Richlane Chinese Cuisine' - A first look at their dinner offering!

Hey Charles,

The presentation is definitely appealing. How has dim sum been? Are they running any specials on seasonal items? How was service? Was it busy last night?

Good Chinese New Year Festive Cakes? - Howabout 'Judy's Cuisine'!!

Hey Charles,

Did they also have special packages with the various cakes? Did you feel pressured to buy?

Rice - which type and where?

My family loves Oxhead Jasmine Rice, available at most Asian supermarkets, and also found at Loblaws/No Frill's/Walmart.