Monthly Archives: August 2013

Federick Restaurant

This past Wednesday, my colleagues and I went out for lunch. We went to Federick Restaurant which is less than a 15 minute drive from our workplace. My fellow colleague had recommended it to me. It’s a fairly small restaurant with a mixture of booth and regular tables. The decor is mostly a dark wooden finish but with ample lighting.

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We had Pakora Chicken ($8.25), Chili Chicken ($8.25) and Mixed Hakka Chow Mien ($5.5). All three of these dishes are recommended on the restaurant’s website. My colleague informed me that many online reviews recommended the pakora chicken and the chili chicken. The Mixed Hakka Chow Mien came with Chinese tea (it was a choice of pop or Chinese tea) since we ordered it from the lunch menu. We ordered the chili chicken and pakora chicken from the regular/dinner menu. They also had chili chicken on the lunch menu but our waiter said that it’s a smaller portion and it comes with rice compared to the version on the regular/dinner menu.

Pakora Chicken

Pakora Chicken

Pakora Chicken is deep fried chicken with a lemon wedge. You squeeze the lemon wedge all over the pakora chicken. It gives it an additional dimension to the taste. It’s fine to eat it without the lemon juice. It’s slightly spicy so if you don’t like spicy food, I don’t recommend this dish for you. I liked this dish, it reminded me of KFC and Popeye’s deep fried chicken however it’s better-tasting.

Chili Chicken

Chili Chicken

Chili Chicken is onions and chicken covered in (and most likely marinated in) chili. It’s quite spicy so if you don’t like spicy food, I don’t recommend this dish for you either. The chili chicken reminded me of Sichuan cuisine.

Mixed Hakka Chow Mien

Mixed Hakka Chow Mien

Mixed Hakka Chow Mien has shrimp, chicken, onions, carrots, beansprouts, green onions and thin, flat yellow noodles. When we first ordered this dish, I told the waiter to make it beef rather than chicken however when it came it was chicken so we had a lot of chicken for lunch that day. My colleague found the noodles interesting since she never had that type of noodles before. Both of my colleagues and I enjoyed the dish.

Overall, I found the chili chicken to be slightly spicier than the pakora chicken although the spiciness of the pakora chicken lasted longer (to me anyways) than the spiciness of the chili chicken. The spiciness of the chili chicken reminds me of Sichuan cuisine. I found all three dishes to be very delicious. My colleague found all three dishes to be equally tasty, she didn’t have a dish where she wouldn’t recommend or order again the next time she goes to Federick. She liked how the pakora chicken was made, even though it was deep fried, the sauce used is different from the regular deep fried chicken found elsewhere like at KFC or Popeye’s. My other colleague liked all three dishes. I recommend all three of these dishes if you are at Federick for a meal.

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Magnum Toronto

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I went with a friend to Magnum Toronto after work on the last Wednesday that Magnum Toronto was open. It’s a slight shame that the store is only a seasonal 2 month-thing. I’ve had Magnum ice cream bars before in Asia, specifically in Indonesia since they’re only slightly over $1 over there so at first I wasn’t interested in going to Magnum Toronto. The magic words were edible gold. These magic words were followed by unlimited toppings for $6 and you could get bacon bits on it.

Prior to my first/final visit, I had passed by Magnum Toronto but the line up outside of the store deterred me from getting it. However I was determined to get it before the store closes. I lined up around 7:30pm with my friend who didn’t want Magnum because she had it twice already and we waited for nearly 1.5 hours before I was able to order my Magnum.

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I got the chocolate Magnum dipped in dark chocolate with literally everything. Literally everything means goji berries, dried coconut, macadamia nut pieces, white chocolate vermicelli, crumbled french macaroons, Canadian maple fudge, crushed popcorn, chopped hazelnuts, crumbled biscuit, chocolate flakes, chopped almonds, chocolate rice crispies, honeycomb, toffee bits, popping candy, rock sea salt, nerds, chili flakes, bacon bits and some kind of edible gold. At first they told me that they ran out of gold nail polish when I asked for edible gold on my Magnum but they said that they had a substitute. The only thing my Magnum was missing was the rose petals and dried strawberries which they ran out by the time I ordered my Magnum. On top of all those toppings, I had white chocolate drizzled all over it.

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I absolutely loved the crumbled French Macaroons and Canadian Maple Fudge. The bacon bits were interesting. The chili flakes made it really spicy which was nice. The rock sea salt was too salty for my tastes. Overall, it was $6 well spent and well worth the 1.5 hour wait. Would I do this again…..it really depends.

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Lion City Restaurant

Yesterday, a childhood friend and I went all the way to Mississauga for me to satisfy my bak kut teh craving. Restoran Malaysia doesn’t serve bak kut teh and Gourmet Malaysia has a variation of it called Bak Kut Teh (Chicken Hot Pot) priced at $28.99. Lion City Restaurant is slightly hard to find if you’re not familiar with the area and the restaurant’s exact location. The size of this restaurant is smaller compared to the size of Restoran Malaysia and Gourmet Malaysia. The decor is typical of a Chinese restaurant. We ordered bak kut teh ($6.95), fried kway teow ($7.95), nasi lemak ($7.95) and teh tarik ($3).

Top: Braised Beancurd Bottom: Bak Kut Teh  At SongFa Bak Kut Teh in Singapore

Top: Braised Beancurd
Bottom: Pork Tenderloin Bak Kut Teh
At SongFa Bak Kut Teh in Singapore ($8.50)

Bak Kut Teh at Lion City Restaurant

Bak Kut Teh at Lion City Restaurant

Bak kut teh is herbal pork rib soup. The flavour is as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore. I would have preferred more meat in the soup at Lion City Restaurant. The meat itself was soft, flavourful and tender. My friend enjoyed the dish. She thought the meat was very tender though she didn’t like how the soup had MSG in it.

Fried Kway Teow at Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center in Singapore

Fried Kway Teow at Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center in Singapore

Char Kway Teow at Lion City Restaurant

Char Kway Teow at Lion City Restaurant

Fried kway teow is fried rice noodles with shrimp, chinese sausage, egg, fish cake, beansprouts and chives. It’s not as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore and not as good as the one I had at Gourmet Malaysia but it’s just as good as the one I had at Restoran Malaysia. My friend liked the dish and found it interesting but nothing special.

Nasi Lemak at Lion City Restaurant

Nasi Lemak at Lion City Restaurant

Nasi lemak is coconut rice with cucumber, fried egg, sambal, otak, and kambong. The restaurant serves nasi lemak with either kambong (mackerel fish) or ikan bilis (dried anchovies). Sambal is a spicy chili paste that’s quite prevalent in Indonesian, Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine. Otak is fish paste wrapped in a banana leaf. The dish was ok. I liked the sambal, otak and coconut rice. I would have preferred ikan bilis over kambong however it’s my personal preference. My friend really liked the coconut rice because she found it quite fragrant.

Teh Tarik at Lion City Restaurant

Teh Tarik at Lion City Restaurant

Teh tarik is pulled tea. It’s as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore and at Restoran Malaysia. My friend enjoyed it.

Overall, if you’re in Mississauga and you want to eat Singaporean or Malaysian cuisine then it’s a decent restaurant however for somebody who’s from the east side of Toronto, it’s not worth the drive all the way to Mississauga during rush hour traffic for dinner unless you have to satisfy a huge craving for bak kut teh.

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Gourmet Malaysia

My colleague and I wanted to eat stingray in Toronto. Restoran Malaysia doesn’t serve stingray so I was on the hunt to see if I could find any restaurant in the GTA that would serve it. I came across Gourmet Malaysia and we decided to go on the first Saturday of August for lunch. We ordered poh pia ($3.80), ikan bakar (banana leaf grilled stingray) ($16.99), Penang char kwei teow ($7.80), Hainanese Chicken Rice ($7.80) and chendol ($3.99).

Poh Pia at Gourmet Malaysia

Poh Pia at Gourmet Malaysia

When I was in Singapore, I was fortunate enough to be able to have homemade popiah at a fellow local colleague’s home. She had prepped everything and all we had to do was put whatever toppings we want in it, roll it up and enjoy it. The homemade popiah was crammed with lots of stuff and the roll was quite moist which made it very delectable. At Gourmet Malaysia, the poh pia isn’t very moist and the filling isn’t as varied. Poh pia is a crepe roll with vegetables and egg. The poh pia was ok but nothing like the ones I made at my fellow colleague’s home in Singapore. My colleague in Toronto enjoyed it alot more than I did.

Fried Kway Teow in Singapore

Fried Kway Teow in Singapore

Penang Char Kwei Teow at Gourmet Malaysia

Penang Char Kwei Teow at Gourmet Malaysia

The fried kway teow at Gourmet Malaysia is way better than the fried kway teow at Restoran Malaysia however it is still slightly lacking compared to the ones I had in Singapore. The fried kway teow at Gourmet Malaysia is fried hor fun noodles with seafood served on top of a banana leaf. My colleague and I found it very delicious all things considered.

Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore

Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore

Hainanese Chicken Rice at Gourmet Malaysia

Hainanese Chicken Rice at Gourmet Malaysia

The Hainanese Chicken Rice at Gourmet Malaysia isn’t as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore. I absolutely love the Hainanese Chicken Rice at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice stall at Maxwell Hawker Center. Hainanese Chicken Rice comprises of chicken, spicy chili sauce, black sauce, vegetable garnish (typically cucumbers and/or tomatoes) and rice. The chicken meat at Gourmet Malaysia wasn’t as soft, silky and smooth as the chicken meat at Tian Tian. It also lacked the black sauce that you can find with any Hainanese chicken rice dish served anywhere in Singapore. My colleague liked it while I wasn’t a huge fan of it although it tasted good for chicken rice.

Chendol at Gourmet Malaysia

Chendol at Gourmet Malaysia

Chendol is coconut milk, ice, green jelly noodles and grass jelly. It was very delicious and quite authentic. I would have preferred it with less ice though.

Stingray in Singapore

Stingray in Singapore

Stingray at Gourmet Malaysia

Stingray at Gourmet Malaysia

Ikan Bakar at Gourmet Malaysia

Ikan Bakar at Gourmet Malaysia

Ikan bakar also known as grilled stingray on a banana leaf is fairly authentic compared to the ones I had in Singapore. My colleague and I loved it. In order to eat the stingray, you first squeeze the lemon wedge all over the stingray then you use the fork and spoon to slice the stingray into pieces and serve it. In Singapore, the restaurants and hawker centers only give you a fork and spoon to use. Unless you ordered steak, you’ll be able to get a steak knife. When you stay in Singapore for some time, you learn to just use a fork and spoon to cut food into pieces. The sauce we’re given is spicy so if you can’t handle spicy then eat it without the sauce. My colleague prefers the stingray without the sauce while I prefer it with the sauce. I would have liked the stingray more if the sauce was drizzled all over the stingray and grilled along with it so that the stingray could really soak up the spiciness and the flavours. Overall, I would recommend this dish to everybody unless they are allergic to seafood or they don’t like to eat seafood.

Overall, now that I’ve been to two Malaysian/Singaporean restaurants in Toronto, I recommend Gourmet Malaysia over Restoran Malaysia. There is more variety of food at Gourmet Malaysia and in general, the food is more authentic in comparison. Gourmet Malaysia is also nicer on the wallet compared to Restoran Malaysia. If you’re in the mood for authentic Singaporean/Malaysian cuisine then go to Gourmet Malaysia!

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Bahn Mi Boys

My friend and I went to Bahn Mi Boys for dinner this past Monday. A university friend recommended this place to me. I’ve been here before with a high school friend who got the Five Spice Pork Belly Bahn Mi. The five spice pork belly bahn mi has braised pork belly, carrots, cilantro, pickled radish and house mayo. She liked it alot but she couldn’t finish it.

Five Spice Pork Belly Bahn Mi

Five Spice Pork Belly Bahn Mi

My friend had the Grilled Chicken Bahn Mi ($5.49). The grilled chicken bahn mi has grilled chicken with garlic soy, Asian BBQ sauce, carrots and cucumber. She liked it.

Grilled Chicken Bahn Mi

Grilled Chicken Bahn Mi

I had the Duck Confit Bahn Mi ($7.49). The duck confit bahn mi has braised duck leg with onion chutney, carrots, cilantro, cucumbers, and house mayo. It was delicious. I liked how the flavours combined together and that there was this non-spicy kick to it that reminded me of lemongrass and fish sauce. The duck was quite tender.

Duck Confit Bahn Mi

Duck Confit Bahn Mi

I also ordered the kimchi fries ($5.99) for takeaway for Tuesday’s lunch. Kimchi fries are fries with kimchi, mayo, green onions and pulled pork on top. It was slightly too salty for me and there wasn’t enough kimchi on it but other than that it was very tasty.

Kimchi Fries

Kimchi Fries

If you’re in Downtown Toronto and you’re craving Vietnamese food, then this is the perfect place to go to.

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Jeon Ju Hyang Korean BBQ Restaurant

Another high school friend and I went to eat at Jeon Ju Hyang on the first Friday of August. Another friend had recommended this restaurant to me.

a decent selection of kimchi

a decent selection of kimchi

Jeon Ju Hyang has a good selection of kimchi compared to other Korean restaurants however it doesn’t have the large variety available at Oh Geul Boh Geul. I equally liked all of their kimchi dishes although my friend preferred the non-spicy kimchi dishes.

Pork Galbi

Pork Galbi

My friend and I both ordered the Pork Galbi ($10.99). It comes with a bowl of rice and miso soup. Pork galbi is marinated pork ribs. The pork galbi is on a sizzling hot plate. It was quite savoury. I really enjoyed it.

Soup Noodle

Jan Chi Guksu

My friend also had the Jan Chi Guksu ($7.99). Jan Chi Guksu is Korean noodles with chicken soup, beef, zucchini, egg, seaweed and carrot. My friend absolutely loved it. She said that it tasted very delicious.

Overall, if you’re in Scarborough and wanting to eat Korean cuisine then I recommend this restaurant.

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Restoran Malaysia

Say, for example, you want to travel and you love food; but you don’t have the money. The next best thing to travelling is finding the authentic restaurants for whatever country you want to visit but can’t. Restoran Malaysia in Richmond Hill serves fantastic Malaysian, Singaporean and Indonesian food. They have a fairly wide selection and they serve halal food. The word Restoran is the Malay word for Restaurant.

 My friends and I went to Restoran Malaysia during Reading week for lunch. Restoran Malaysia’s food is pretty good, all things considered. My friends and I had the teh tarik ($4), Indonesian nasi goreng ($8), fried kway teow ($7.50), Penang rojak ($10) and bobochacha ($5).  

Fried Kway Teow in Singapore

Fried Kway Teow in Singapore

Fried Kway Teow at Restoran Malaysia

Fried Kway Teow at Restoran Malaysia

The fried kway teow (or char kuay teow) dish comprises of flat rice noodles, soy sauce, egg, shrimp, bean sprout, chives, and orange garnish. I was slightly disappointed with the fried kway teow (the dish didn’t have the different kinds of noodles or chinese sausage or fish cakes and the colour was too light-the soy sauce should be darker) since I was comparing its authenticity to the fried kway teow in Singapore (against the best of the best in Singapore). On the whole though, the fried kway teow was good.  

Rojak in Singapore

Rojak in Singapore

Rojak at Restoran Malaysia

Rojak at Restoran Malaysia

The Penang rojak comprises of fruits, vegetables, and tofu covered in a shrimp paste dressing with crushed toasted peanuts. The rojak was great. I preferred if it was slightly spicier but on the whole, it tasted pretty authentic to me. Of course, I only had Singaporean rojak which may be slightly different than Penang rojak since it also has fried dough stick in it. If you have any kind of nut allergy, I don’t recommend this dish for you.

Nasi Goreng at Restoran Malaysia

Nasi Goreng at Restoran Malaysia

The nasi goreng comprises of fried egg, chicken, shrimp, vegetables, fried rice, shrimp chips and orange garnish. The Indonesian nasi goreng was good although it’s not as spicy as the ones I had in Indonesia.

Bobochacha at Restoran Malaysia

Bobochacha at Restoran Malaysia

The bobochacha comprises of sweet potato, taro, cassava, sago, coconut milk, palm sugar and pandan. The bobochacha was better than the ones I had in Singapore.

Teh Tarik at Restoran Malaysia

Teh Tarik at Restoran Malaysia

Teh tarik literally translates to pulled tea. During the tea preparation, you would transfer the tea between two cups quickly and thus, a “pulling” effect occurs. This pulling effect helps make the tea smooth and quickly cools it. Teh Tarik comprises of black tea, condensed milk and evaporated milk. The teh tarik is definitely very authentic and a must-have!

I went there again with my friend and her family in April. This time we had satay (mutton ($15), beef ($14), and chicken($12)), fried kway teow ($10), gado-gado ($7), chicken murtabak ($6.50), roti canai/prata with beef curry ($9) and with chicken curry($8.50), mango salad ($8), Singapore laksa($10), teh tarik ($4), teh halia ($5), kek lapis ($5) and bobochacha ($5).

Chicken Satay at Restoran Malaysia

Chicken Satay at Restoran Malaysia

Beef Satay at Restoran Malaysia

Beef Satay at Restoran Malaysia

Mutton Satay at Restoran Malaysia

Mutton Satay at Restoran Malaysia

The satay was good. It’s exactly like the satay served in Singapore, with the peanut sauce and the side of cucumbers. I don’t have a preference between mutton, beef or chicken although I did find the beef to be quite chewy. Satay itself is basically BBQ meat on a stick.

Gado Gado at Restoran Malaysia

Gado Gado at Restoran Malaysia

The gado-gado was slightly spicy but quite delicious. The gado-gado is composed of bean sprouts, cucumber, hard boiled egg, fried tofu, jicama, peanut dressing and shrimp chips. The shrimp chips is slightly different from the shrimp chips that you would find in the dish in South East Asia.

Mango Salad at Restoran Malaysia

Mango Salad at Restoran Malaysia

The mango salad was ok. The mango salad has green mango, shallot, sweet pepper, chopped sundried shrimp, toasted peanut and Thai vinaigrette.

At Restoran Malaysia Top: Prata with Chicken Curry Bottom: Chicken Murtabak

At Restoran Malaysia
Top: Prata with Chicken Curry
Bottom: Chicken Murtabak

At Restoran Malaysia Top: Prata with Beef Curry Bottom: Chicken Murtabak

At Restoran Malaysia
Top: Prata with Beef Curry
Bottom: Chicken Murtabak

The chicken murtabak is a stuffed roti and it’s stuffed with chopped chicken, spices, onion and eggs. The chicken murtabak was good. It’s not as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore since the ones served in Singapore  come with a large bowl of curry so you can dip the murtabak in it then eat it. The one served at Restoran Malaysia doesn’t  come with curry or any kind of sauce. Luckily, we were able to dip the murtabak in the curry sauce for the roti so it became fairly authentic to me.

The prata with beef curry and the prata with chicken curry were both good. It was as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore. There were pieces of meat in the curry sauce and the roti was crispy.

Laksa in Singapore Left: Singapore Laksa Right: Assam Laksa

Laksa in Singapore
Left: Singapore Laksa
Right: Assam Laksa

Singapore Laksa at Restoran Malaysia

Singapore Laksa at Restoran Malaysia

Singapore laksa is comprised of Miki noodles, chicken. tofu, fish cake and beansprouts in a shrimp based laksa broth. It was enjoyable although it wasn’t as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore. There were more toppings in Singapore and it’s spicier in Singapore.

At Restoran Malaysia Left: Teh Halia Right: Teh Tarik

At Restoran Malaysia
Left: Teh Tarik
Right: Teh Halia

Teh halia means ginger tea in Malay. I had the ginger milk tea. It was just as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore. It had a strong ginger taste and smell. I really enjoyed it. My friend had the teh tarik and she loved it.

At Restoran Malaysia Side: Kek Lapis Center: Bobochacha

At Restoran Malaysia
Side: Kek Lapis
Center: Bobochacha

Kek lapis is spice layered cake. It originates from Indonesia and was brought to Malaysia where it’s served on special occasions. Kek lapis comes in many different colours and patterns. It’s made with butter, flour, eggs, spices, baking powder, caster sugar, vanilla essence and condensed milk. The one at Restoran Malaysia is authentic if on the plain side.

Overall, I felt that the quality of the food for both of my visits were delectable and the service was good. I would definitely go back there again =)

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Kenzo Ramen

My high school friend and I decided to try Kenzo Ramen this past Monday since it’s the only ramen restaurant in the neighbourhood of Yonge Street between Shepperd Ave and Finch Ave.

King of Kings Ramen

King of Kings Ramen

I had the King of Kings Ramen ($16 including tax and tip). The King of Kings Ramen is spicy Sapporo style ramen with roasted pork, sliced egg, fish cake, and seaweed. It wasn’t very spicy to me however it was quite appetizing.

Tonkatsu Miso Ramen

Tonkatsu Sho-Yu Ramen

My friend had the Tonkatsu Sho-Yu Ramen ($14 including tax and tip). The Tonkatsu Sho-yu Ramen is sho-yu (Japanese soy sauce) flavour Hakata pork bone soup ramen. She really liked it.

I wasn’t amazed by Kenzo however if you’re in North York and not willing to go all the way downtown for ramen then this is a decent restaurant.

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Don Don Izakaya

It was the first time my friend and I went to Don Don Izakaya two weeks ago at the end of July. Another friend was telling us about eating at an Izakaya restaurant so we decided to try this one since Guu Izakaya and Guu Sakabar were too far from where we were wandering around in Downtown Toronto. Matsuri (the first Japanese cultural festival in Toronto) was also occuring at Yonge Dundas Square on that day. We went there first and we weren’t completely wow’ed by it. It was fun to see people cosplaying though. At Don Don Izakaya, my friend and I sat at the bar because there were no tables available. The decor is quite rustic in a Japanese style. Most of the furniture looks like it’s made from wood.

Crispy Fried Shrimp

Crispy Fried Shrimp

Between the two of us we ordered a total of 5 dishes. My friend had the Crispy Fried Shimp ($6) and Beef Bowl ($6.20). He liked both of them. I ordered the Black Seafood Rice ($7.8). We split the Hoppeta Yaki ($8.50) and the Grilled Quail ($9). I was pleasantly full from the three dishes.

Hoppeta Yaki

Hoppeta Yaki

Hoppeta Yaki is potatoes and chicken in otafuku sauce. The bonito flakes (it’s hiding the potatoes and chicken) actually moved even though there was no wind or breeze where we were sitting, it’s quite cool to see your food move by itself. All things considered, it’s quite tasty.

Black Seafood Rice

Black Seafood Rice

The Black Seafood Rice is seaweed, seafood, rice and ketchup. It was enjoyable although there wasn’t alot of seafood in it.

Beef Bowl

Beef Bowl

The Beef Bowl is beef, sesame, onion and rice. My friend liked it because it reminded him of the beef bowls that he would eat in Hong Kong from the fast food chain Yoshinoya.

Grilled Quail

Grilled Quail

The Grilled Quail is 4 pieces of qauil that’s wasabi flavoured. I didn’t taste the wasabi flavour at all. The quail was delicious though.

If you’re at Don Don Izakaya, I recommend the Hoppeta Yaki. The Black Seafood Rice and Grilled Quail are also good if you want to eat seafood rice or quail. I wasn’t amazed with this restaurant however it does have fairly tasty food even though it’s slightly pricey for the portion sizes.

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Summerlicious: Linda Modern Thai

An elementary school friend and I met for dinner on Wednesday in July to catch up. She wanted to eat Thai food and so we went to Linda Modern Thai. I’ve been to this restaurant before. My first experience was when it was still in downtown Toronto. It’s now located at Shops at Don Mills. The decor is alright. We went during Summerlicious so we had their Summerlicious menu (choose 1 appetizer, 1 soup/salad, 1 main and 1 dessert from a set list) which meant dinner was $25+tax+tip.

Mieng Kum

Mieng Kum

My friend and I had to split the Mieng Kum appetizer because of the restaurant’s Summerlicious policy. Mieng Kum is peanut, dried shrimp, shallot, lime, chili, shredded coconut and sweet  chili sauce wrapped in a betel leaf. I love this appetizer and I have yet to find anything similar at any other Thai restaurant in Toronto and Kitchener/Waterloo. I usually order this appetizer when I go eat at Linda’s with friends or family friends.

Mango Salad

Mango Salad

Coconut Milk Soup

Chicken Coconut Milk Soup

I had the Chicken Coconut Milk Soup while my friend ordered mango salad. The chicken coconut milk soup has chicken breast, mushrooms, lemongrass, lemon leaf, galangal, chili paste, coconut milk and seafood stock. I enjoyed it although it was more sour than spicy. The mango salad has mango, peanut, cabbage, tamotoes, basil, fish sauce, lime juice and mango salad dressing.

Top: Crispy Beef Bottom: Fried Chicken

Top: Crispy Beef
Bottom: Fried Chicken

My friend ordered the Crispy Beef while I ordered the Fried Chicken. My friend didn’t like the Crispy Beef cause the sauce was too rich so we swapped mains. I really liked the Crispy Beef. The Crispy Beef is in a coconut milk and peanut based Penang curry with pieces of crispy beef, bell peppers, Asian basil and lime leaf. It comes with a bowl of rice. The Fried Chicken is half a fried chicken with peanut mustard sauce, cucumber slices and cabbage. I liked the combination of the fried chicken with the peanut mustard sauce. The peanut mustard sauce has a spicy kick to it, almost like wasabi and it went really well with the fried chicken. The cucumber slices and cabbage would help out if you find the kick too overwhelming.

Deep Fried Banana with Honey

Deep Fried Banana with Honey

Papaya Ice Cream

Papaya Ice Cream

For dessert I had papaya ice cream while my friend had the Deep Fried Banana with Honey. My friend liked the deep fried banana with honey. I never had papaya ice cream before and it’s quite refreshing and tasty.

Overall, if you’re at Linda’s I recommend Mieng Kum as an appetizer and Crispy Beef and/or Fried Chicken for a main.

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