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Cooking forums for Toronto chefs

Does anyone know of any cooking forums for Toronto chefs ONLY? I know George Brown has a culinary program, so I presume the students may have an online forum where they go to exchange ideas. Does anyone have any info on this?

Thank you in advance for your input!

Regards,

Eric

Mar 10, 2013
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

One-stop baking supplies store in Scarborough/North York?

Thanks for your detailed tips, StayThirsty!

I just checked Williams Sonoma's website. The French tapered rolling pin is list as $22.18 (http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...). They sell stick rolling pins in Chinese supermarkets for under $1. For the $21.18 difference I can try sanding down the two ends myself. What a rip-off Williams Sonoma shop is.

Feb 13, 2013
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

One-stop baking supplies store in Scarborough/North York?

afong56: When you say "there", do you mean Tap Phong? How tapered was it, slightly or as tapered as the ones in the picture?

Feb 13, 2013
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

One-stop baking supplies store in Scarborough/North York?

Thanks for all your tips!

I contacted Tap Phong and was told they don't have tapered rolling pins.

Feb 13, 2013
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Vital Wheat Gluten - differences?

Where can you buy Vital Wheat Gluten in Scarborough or GTA, and around how much per pound?

Bulk Barn's website has a product called "gluten flour" (http://www.bulkbarn.ca/en-ca/products...), don't know if it's the same as vital wheat gluten?

Regards,

Eric

Feb 12, 2013
ericdunn in Vegetarian & Vegan

One-stop baking supplies store in Scarborough/North York?

Hi everyone,

Does anyone know of a one-stop baking supplies store in the Scarborough/North York area? Not only carries baking tools but also flour, yeast, etc. Preferably a Chinese baking supply store.

I'm in particularly looking for High Gluten Flour, Vital Wheat Gluten, and tapered rolling pins like these. I could not find them in regular supermarkets.

Thanks you!

Eric

Feb 11, 2013
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chicken and ducks in supermarkets

Does anyone know what breeds of chicken and ducks are sold in Chinese supermarkets? Here is a list on Wikipedia, just don't know which ones are being sold in GTA.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_duck_breeds
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_chicken_breeds

And where do they come from (raised in)?

Also, is everyone also aware of this issue - "Superbugs in the Supermarket"

http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/2011/su...

Hope to hear your feedbacks.

Best regards,

Eric

Oct 12, 2012
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where can you buy Bombay duck in GTA?

foodyDudey: Thanks for the two tips. I presume you are Indian, sorry if I'm mistaken. Any Indian seafood stores in Toronto that you know? If yes, where?

Charles: Here is a link for you on Bombay duck if you have any interest in doing some followup.

http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/bomba...

Regards

Eric

Mar 07, 2012
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where can you buy Bombay duck in GTA?

Has anyone seen Bombay duck being sold anywhere in GTA?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombay_duck

According to this article, it's available fresh in Toronto where there is a large Indian population. Has anyone seen it in a Chinese supermarket?

Any tip is greatly appreciated!

Eric

Mar 06, 2012
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What is the different between Korean soy sauce and Chinese soy sauce? [moved from Ontario]

I'd like to try making my own Kalbi sauce for a change and wonder what the difference is in taste between Korean soy sauce and Chinese soy sauce?

Or a better question is what types of soy sauces do Koreans use for their cooking?

Below is a good link on the recipe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn_p_m...

Thanks!

Aug 20, 2011
ericdunn in Home Cooking

▇▇▇ Looking for economical do-it-yourself sushi ingredient suppliers ▇▇▇

I've been to the PAT's in Scarborough and they don't have fresh fish.

Foody's Supermarket at Warden and Bamborough has a sushi counter. They have a guy who supplies them with ready-made stuff. All they have to do is make the rice and place the ingredients on top.

This is what I'm looking for, ready-made sushi ingredients at a reasonable cost.

Thanks!

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Foody's
534 Bayfield St, Barrie, ON L4M5A2, CA

Aug 20, 2011
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

▇▇▇ Looking for economical do-it-yourself sushi ingredient suppliers ▇▇▇

I'm talking about everything: fish(ready-to-eat sashimi), fish roe, imitation crab meat, etc. Everything ready to serve, almost.

Aug 19, 2011
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

▇▇▇ Looking for economical do-it-yourself sushi ingredient suppliers ▇▇▇

Thank you for reading this post.

I'm planning to make sushi for my own consumption. I am looking for stores/individuals that sell sushi ingredients at a reasonable price. I find Taro's Fish's ingredients are pricier than Chinese supermarkets sell their final products. Does anyone know any store or individual supplier, preferable in the North York, Scarborough areas that you can recommend?

Thank you in advance!

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Taro's Fish
800 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M2K, CA

Aug 19, 2011
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dim Sum lunch at Regal 16 - Ordinary presentation but great tasting.

Just an observation, it's interesting how two different individuals can have two completely different opinions on the same restaurant - Regal 16.

Aug 19, 2011
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Spiny Lobster

Has anyone ever tasted spiny lobster before? What is the taste like compared to American lobster? Where to buy in GTA? And how much a pound?

Jul 16, 2011
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The search for acceptable Dim Sum continues! - This time, 'Sam Woo Seafood Restaurant'.

Hi Charles,

Appreciate this type of threads you started. Hope you also provide the pricing at each Dim Sum restaurant as well. (e.g., price for Small, Medium, Large, and special price hours, etc.)

Have you come across any restaurant charging lower than $1.50 a dish?

Please welcome anyone else to contribute.

Regards,

Eric

Jul 15, 2011
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What happened to Elegantview Chinese Restaurant on Victoria Park?

Are they closed? Why?

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Victoria Park Restaurant
335 Durham Market St N, Kincardine, ON N2Z1Z4, CA

Jul 14, 2011
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Who is the seafood supplier for Toronto Chinese supermarkets?

Just wondering who supplies seafood for the Toronto Chinese supermarkets or mainstream supermarkets and seafood mongers?

Everyone please weigh in and share your knowledge.

May 08, 2011
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What is this Italian dish called?

"cioppino".

No, that's still not it. This is Italian. There is an English name for it. It just escaped my mind.

Mar 20, 2011
ericdunn in General Topics

What is this Italian dish called?

alkapal, I'm glad to refresh your love of seafood stew. Please share your recipe and finished product (photo) with us.

Any other Italian seafood soup source would also be welcome to share with us.

Mar 20, 2011
ericdunn in General Topics

What is this Italian dish called?

Thanks for all your replies! I remember there is an American English (not Italian) name for the dish, and it's the name that I'm looking for.

Mar 19, 2011
ericdunn in General Topics

What is this Italian dish called?

There is a very common Italian soup dish with different types of seafood, tomato sauce, and spaghetti. Does anyone the name of this dish?

Something like the one in the photo.

Mar 19, 2011
ericdunn in General Topics

Ace Baguettes - bake at home

Where can you buy frozen Ace Baguettes?

Nov 21, 2010
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Price of kosher salt

The price of kosher salt at no frills is $4.99, three times the price of sea salt. Is this normal? I thought it's cheaper to make kosher salt? Could someone shed some light?

Regards,

Eric

Nov 21, 2010
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for the best kaiser bread in Toronto

Thanks for your reply juno! Yes, Kaiser rolls is what I meant. The last time I was at Bagel Plus I was told they didn't sell kaiser rolls.

I wish there were more of these types of Jewish bagel shops in the east end. Are there any in Scarborough?

Nov 13, 2010
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for the best kaiser bread in Toronto

Hi all,

I am looking a place to buy kaiser bread. The type I'm looking for is lightly crusted on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. When pressed, the crust cracks, preferably still warm.

Anyone knows a place sell such kaiser bread? Preferably in the Scarborough and North York areas.

Thanks!

Eric

Nov 13, 2010
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy FRESH imitation crab meat ?

jayt90,

Thank u so much for that complete answer! By fresh I meant not frozen before. But as you said, you can't guarantee that it has never been frozen before.

Taro's seems to be a bit pricy though.

Sep 04, 2010
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy FRESH imitation crab meat ?

The type of imitation crab meat sticks they sell in Chinese supermarkets are frozen. By the time you defrost them, they just don't taste good. So I'm looking for fresh ones, like the ones in the pic. Anyone knows where you can get them?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kan...

I'm also looking for fresh sushi and sashimi ingredients at reasonable prices in the Scarborough, North York area.

Thanks!

Eric

Sep 04, 2010
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Black oatmeal

Has anyone seen black oatmeal being sold anywhere in GTA? I found the product from a Chinese website so there is such a product.

Jul 19, 2010
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Seafood, fish wholesalers in Toronto

Hi,

Where do fish retailers (TnT Supermarket, St. Lawrence Market, etc.) get their fish?

Please list all the fish wholesalers in Toronto you know, for all to benefit.

Thanks in advance!

Sep 16, 2009
ericdunn in Ontario (inc. Toronto)