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Beginner question on roasting vegetables

Salt, pepper, and olive oil or butter is what I usually use to season my veggies. Depending on what I'm roasting I might put some garlic and parmesan on it too! Beets I will roast without any seasoning and leave the skin on to peel afterwards. I do my veggies on a baking sheet or cast iron pan. Try roasting asparagus! Yummy!

Apr 27, 2014
loodle in Home Cooking
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Looking for a whole chicken, complete with head and feet intact

You seem a bit out of touch with the changes in Toronto neighbourhoods. A lot of neighbourhoods are gentrifying due to increase in home values (especially those neighbourhoods close to the city centre). The ethnic neighbourhoods we once knew are now slowly changing. Most Asians immigrating to Toronto are from mainland China and Taiwan now vs. Hong Kong. So you'll see more mainland influence in cuisines in Toronto.

But back to your chicken quest, do you have to get one and cook it yourself? Or can it be cooked already? I know when my mom is pressed for time she'll go to the Chinese bbq place and order a whole "white" chicken (I think it's steamed). They come in free range and non free range. Just ask the guy not to cut the chicken for you.

Jan 18, 2014
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for a whole chicken, complete with head and feet intact

Old chickens are just more mature chickens (vs. young chickens). They're bit more chewy compared to young chickens. I find the texture for free-range and old chicken similar.

Anyways, my mom practices Chinese folk religion, you'll have to go uptown (meaning to Markham) to find nice whole chickens. Grand Fortune is a good one, there's another Chinese supermarket at the other end of Market Village as well. If not, try Foody Mart at Warden just south of Steeles. The necks are all slit now, but they should still be decent for offerings.

Chinatown (both Spadina and Broadview locations) is gentrifying. You should see the Broadview location, so many stores boarded up, it's sad. It's harder to find these things, plus most Chinese people that are coming here are more modern so don't follow these practices.

Jan 16, 2014
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What menu items you can't resist when you see them

Uni and any other kind of seafood usually (especially shellfish!)
Bone marrow
Snowpea shoots

Nov 10, 2013
loodle in General Topics

Burdock Root? How tasty can it be?

In Chinese cuisine, we make soup with it. Usually we add some carrots and shitake mushrooms.

Nov 10, 2013
loodle in General Topics

Chinese Black Chickens

The black chickens are a breed known as Silkie. They're used in herbal soups and are supposed to be good for your blood. My mom tends to use them for ginseng soup. They're not very meaty and the meat is more chewy/gamey since they're mostly raised free range. I find the soup to be richer tasting than when my mom uses regular chicken bones for the soup.

Sep 13, 2013
loodle in General Topics

What is your absolute favorite dish from your cultural heritage?

Bun rieu is awesome! Love it when mom makes it...especially using tomatoes fresh from the garden. I could eat a giant bowl of it for lunch and dinner (maybe even breakfast too!)

May 20, 2013
loodle in General Topics
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What is your absolute favorite dish from your cultural heritage?

I'm Chinese-Canadian with some Vietnamese sprinkled in from generations before my parents, so I'll list my favourite dishes from each culture (I prefer Viet cuisine more...so hard to choose just one!)

Chinese:
-For savoury dishes I love dim sum, my favourite would be garlic chive and shrimp dumpling (I like all variations - steamed, pan fried and deep-fried). It's like a har gow but with garlic chives mixed in. Yummy!
-Chinese sweets are not like traditional western sweets, most are sweet soups. I like either soft tofu with syrup (do fu hua) or bean curd skin with gingko nut sweet soup.

Vietnamese:
-Savoury I would say bun rieu (noodle in tomato-based soup with crabmeat paste) or fermented pork ham called nem chua.
-Sweet dish would be cassava cake unless you count beverages too. Then it would be vietnamese iced coffee.

May 20, 2013
loodle in General Topics

Your Bottom Five Vegetables

1. Carrots
2. Bell Peppers
3. Celery
4. Eggplant
5. Fennel

May 11, 2013
loodle in General Topics

Early Bird Dim Sum

Does anybody know if Sam Woo is still offering early bird dim sum and at what price? We would like to try it

Apr 06, 2013
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fire near Zen Sushi

Drove by the plaza where Zen is located. Firefighters and police were on scene. Looked like the apartments above where Zen is located was burnt - windows are broken and exterior is black. Don't know how much of it affected Zen. Hopefully they weren't too many damages...haven't even tried the place yet - it's on my list.

Jan 20, 2013
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Yellow Beets

Looking to buy a bunch of yellow beets to make as part of a salad for this weekend. Does anybody know where I can find some fresh ones in downtown Toronto or Southwest Scarborough? Thanks in advance!

Oct 03, 2012
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Congee Queen - What are their best dishes AND are they licensed?

Had Congee Queen for the first time on labour day weekend, but at the new Sheppard-Kennedy location. Ordered a plate of bak choy stir fried with garlic, a bowl of abalone clam and chicken congee and Empress Fried Rice (bbq eel, crab meat and fish roe fried rice). Loved the fried rice, very tasty although some may find it a bit sweet because of the glaze from the bbq eel. The bak choy was tasty too, very big plate of veggies. The congee we had was a bit plain, a good palate cleanser but probably won't order that variety again.

Sep 08, 2012
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Why do chinese restaurants insist on having "secret" Chinese menus their English-Speaking customers can't decipher?

Exactly this. What westerners don't understand is that alot of chinese dishes have very romanticized names. It's not easy translating all the dishes and explaining what they are especially with very foreign/exotic foods (all those different types of fungi, herbs, vegetable greens). And these more interesting ingredients are generally off-putting to westerners except for a few exception such as OP. Would you want to eat coagulated pork blood jello with chives?

Jul 07, 2012
loodle in General Topics

Maple Yip Menu

Great thanks! Any idea for the glutinous rice stuffed chicken?

May 15, 2012
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Maple Yip Menu

Would you be able to tell me what I would be expecting to spend per dish on average? Always nice to know if I'm going to be pre-ordering certain dishes haha.

May 14, 2012
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Maple Yip Menu

Hi - thinking of trying Maple Yip for a special occasion. I've read good things about it here and was wondering if anybody would know where I can find a menu? Just wondering what are must try dishes and the avg price per dish. Thanks!

May 07, 2012
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good wings and good beer

I'm looking for a place downtown that has good wings (preferably breaded, non-buffalo style) that also has some good craft beers on tap. I'm getting tired of the chains with all their Coors, Molson and Labatt "beer". Thanks!

Mar 10, 2012
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Big Meal, a new Japanese all-you-can-eat with table service

Aww that's too bad - would've loved to see what they offer that is unique to their restaurant. Oh well, I'll find out tomorrow. I just made reservations for 7pm just in case - sounds like they're starting to get busy. Have a Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2011
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Big Meal, a new Japanese all-you-can-eat with table service

Thinking of trying Big Meal this coming weekend with some friends. Does anybody have photos of the menu that they can post up? They have a website but it's only half completed. Thanks!

Dec 26, 2011
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO bean sprouts (or other asian veggies) in Windsor

I'm a former Torontonian that has relocated to Windsor to work temporarily and I'm without a car (how I get around Windsor, I don't know...). I'm looking for bean sprouts (or other asian vegetables) to add to my diet. Alas there is no T&T or Foodymart or Chinatowns in Windsor. The one asian supermarket I've been to on Wyandotte is more like an asian convenience store - alot of instant noodles, not too many produce (and oddly enough - no bean sprouts). I know there must be bean sprouts around as I've had pho here and they still give you a plate of sprouts to add to your pho. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Nov 04, 2011
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO frozen pork skin

I'm looking for frozen package of pork skin (bi in viet) to make nem chua. Supposedly it can be found in asian supermarkets but I haven't seen it in the one in my area. Has anybody come across it? It looks something like this: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_oZPshEqT8q8...

Thanks!

Sep 08, 2011
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

5th Element on Queen W at Portland

That's probably because 5th Elementt classifies itself as "fine dining" whereas Lahore Tikka is more of a casual family place. Besides, food can look good but taste pretty crappy.

Aug 16, 2011
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Taste of the Danforth

I haven't been in a few years. The last time I remember big crowds and long lines. Is it worth going anymore? Anything worth a try?

Aug 06, 2011
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Scarborough Gems

I think Channaman might have closed. I remember passing by it while on the bus and didn't see it's sign anymore.

Jul 09, 2011
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

local strawberry sightings & pricings, 2011

I'm thinking of heading to Whittamores today. I normally go to Reesor but it's their last week so I doubt there will be much to pick from. Seems like the berries are hit or miss this year thanks to the crazy rain we've had. Hopefully I get some good ones for eating as is!

Jul 07, 2011
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

local strawberry sightings & pricings, 2011

Has anybody gone strawberry picking recently? Just wondering if the taste has improved now compared to when the season started early last week.

Jul 02, 2011
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Foods you eat strangely

That is the only way to eat sunny-side up eggs! If the egg breaks and there is yolk-loss (heaven forbid!), the egg is no good and is given to my sister.

Oct 30, 2010
loodle in General Topics

Cheap Eats around UofT?

I'm not sure if they're still doing it this year, but Hart House on campus would have $5 lunches on the first and last wednesday of each month. The menu varies depending on what group is hosting it but it's definately worth checking out.

Aug 31, 2010
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO: Cheese cloth

Great! Thanks, I'll try those places...I figured Metro and No Frills would have it but i guess not...

Apr 13, 2010
loodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)