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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.

Apr 16, 2014
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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 :)

Apr 16, 2014
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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.

Apr 15, 2014
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Monday night sushi

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

Apr 03, 2014
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy kang kong/ong choy/water spinach

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

Mar 18, 2014
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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 :)

Mar 17, 2014
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pancake Tuesday

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

Mar 04, 2014
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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.

Feb 25, 2014
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Chippery potato chips

Their website says Sobeys carries them.

Feb 24, 2014
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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!

Feb 21, 2014
dachopstix in General Topics
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'Chuan Yu-Home' - Some AWESOME tasting Sichuan food!!

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

Feb 21, 2014
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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.

Feb 13, 2014
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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.

Feb 13, 2014
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

'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?

Feb 10, 2014
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

'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?

Feb 07, 2014
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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 :)

Jan 31, 2014
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

'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?

Jan 27, 2014
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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?

Jan 20, 2014
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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.

Jan 08, 2014
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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

Looks good, Charles, lucky "Yu" :p

My family went to Emperor this past Sunday (day of the blackout), and dim sum was spot on, as always. Noticed the return of one of the senior staff.

When are you organizing another Emperor dinner :)

Dec 26, 2013
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Buffalo Smart Cooker II rice cooker in Toronto?

Yanonaka Housewares in Pacific Mall - I bought a Buffalo rice cooker there two years ago, fantastic, no coating on the cooking portion
905-947-0137

Dec 20, 2013
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Young, pink Ontario lamb

North of Finch, in which general area/radius? Any particular cuts you're looking for?

For fresh lamb, I swear by Kostas Meat Market on Ellesmere, west of Warden, on the South side.

Kostas has all different sizes of lambs on premise and will cut them down to whatever you order

Dec 04, 2013
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Apple Picking

Honeycrisp season opened on the weekend of September 14th - I went the following weekend and over two thirds of the orchard's honeycrisp trees were empty. I went to Watson Farms in Bowmanville/Courtice. I would recommend calling the orchards before going specifically for honeycrisp picking.

Oct 03, 2013
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Curry powder or paste.

I like the Suraj brand Madras Curry powder from Loblaws.

Feb 05, 2013
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Attack of the giant chicken breast

The larger breasts come off of birds that are weighing between 3-5 lbs, also known as roasters. The smaller breasts come off of birds weighing 2-3 lbs, known as fryers. It's just the size of the bird, which COULD be as a result of hormones, but more likely breed and dependent on the farmer and feed. Battery fed chickens can result in larger birds, as opposed to free range or "organic" chickens.

Remember, McDonald's bred their own chicken breed called the "Mr. McDonald" which has larger breasts for their own use.

Feb 01, 2013
dachopstix in General Topics

Watercress

You can get watercress very easily at most, if not all, Asian supermarkets - where are you located? They're usually $0.89 to $0.99 a bunch.

Jan 12, 2013
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

In search of Cotechino sausage

Not in Toronto, but the following place makes them, along with other sausages:

Sapori Italiani Manica Luigi Limited
120 Carlauren Rd
Woodbridge, ON L4L 8E5
(905) 264-1786

Jan 12, 2013
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Buying Lamb Brains in Toronto

Try Kostas Meat Market at Warden/Ellesmere

Nov 27, 2012
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to find reasonably priced chickens or parts?

What area are you in, Diane?

I usually buy a case of leg quarters - 40 lbs, for $48.00 - either processed by Maple Leaf or Olymel, from Chinese supermarkets.

Oct 14, 2012
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Side ribs cost

Walmart has vacuum-sealed packages of 2 side ribs for only $9.00

Aug 05, 2012
dachopstix in Ontario (inc. Toronto)