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Ding Tai Fung

A group of my university friends and I went out to eat dinner at Ding Tai Fung last month. My colleague had repeatedly told me to go to this restaurant and I had a craving for Shanghainese cuisine. While finding parking at First Markham Place can be tough, it wasn’t too bad since we were meeting up at 8pm on a Wednesday night. The decor at the place is quite modern and the service was quite prompt. My friends basically let me order. This has only happened once to me before (please refer to my earlier post about One 2 Snacks). We had the xiao long bao ($5.99), wor tip ($5.99), spicy wontons ($5.99), steamed rice and meat Chinese dumpling ($5.99), stewed beef in pancake ($5.99), fried baguette ($3.25) and souffle balls stuffed with red bean paste ($6.99).


The xiao long bao was delicious. The soup was good, the skin was thin and soft and the meat was juicy.


The wor tip was delectable. It was fried perfectly, not too crunchy but not for looks. It’s the northern style kind so the skin is thicker than the southern style kind. The meat was juicy and the soup in it was good.


The spicy wontons were enjoyable. It wasn’t as spicy as I would prefer it to be however the skin was very thin and the meat was juicy. The meat to dough ratio was heavily skewed towards the meat which is basically how I prefer my wontons.


The steamed rice and meat chinese dumpling was interesting. It’s glutinous rice and meat siu mai. A friend of mine found it dry. I found that it goes well with vinegar.


The stewed beef in pancake was good. It’s green onions and beef rolled in a pancake. I think the ones at Asian Legend are better.

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The fried baguette was nice. The crust is crunchy while the inside is soft and chewy and you dip it in condensed milk. My friends who are girls enjoyed this dish more than my guy friends.


The souffle balls stuffed with red bean paste was scrumptious. My friends found it too sweet while I found it alright. There’s the option of having sesame paste rather than red bean paste but a friend of mine prefers red bean over sesame.

Overall, my friends found the place alright. They thought the food was ok for the price. For the most part, this place adheres to the adage “you get what you pay for”.

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Thai Fusion

My family friends and I went to Thai Fusion for dinner back in January. My family friends usually order take out from the restaurant however this time around we were eating at the restaurant. It’s an affordable Thai restaurant in East York, close to Danforth Ave. We ordered five different appetizers and dishes. We had the sticky rice with peanut sauce ($3.95), crispy fusion ($10.95), shrimp pad thai ($9.95), spicy thai eggplant ($7.95) and tamarine beef curry ($9.95).

Sticky Rice with Peanut Sauce

Sticky Rice with Peanut Sauce

The sticky rice with peanut sauce is exactly that, a bowl of peanut sauce (I wouldn’t recommend this dish to anybody with a nut allergy) and sticky rice rolled up into these cute little balls. The sticky rice wasn’t as sticky as I thought it would be. I thought the sticky rice would be similar to the glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves that’s prevalent during the Chinese Dragonboat Festival or at dim sum restaurants.

Crispy Fusion

Crispy Fusion

Crispy Fusion includes 2 chicken satay, 2 fresh rolls, 3 Thai baskets, 2 deep fried tofu and mango salad. Fresh rolls are a kind of rice pastry that’s filled with shredded chicken, cucumber, carrot, basil and mint leaves and it’s served with sweet and sour sauce. I liked the mango salad, fresh rolls and Thai baskets.

Shrimp Pad Thai

Shrimp Pad Thai

Shrimp pad thai consists of shrimp, eggs, tofu, bean sprouts, tamarind sauce and fried rice noodles. The peanuts are served on the side along with a wedge of orange and lime. The pad thai is delicious but not as good as the one I had in Bangkok, Thailand.

Spicy Thai Eggplant

Spicy Thai Eggplant

Spicy Thai Eggplant consists of stir-fried eggplant, onion, chili, red and green peppers and basil leaves. I really liked it. I prefer ordering eggplant when I eat out since I don’t know how to properly cook it or select the best eggplant when grocery shopping.

Tamarine Beef Curry

Tamarine Beef Curry

Tamarine beef curry comprises of beef in a spicy coconut milk curry sauce with tamarine juice, potatoes, roasted peanuts, onions and tomatoes. It was my favourite dish out of the five dishes we tried. It goes very well with the shrimp pad thai.

The next time I come here, I want to try their banana and jackfruit fritter. Overall, if you’re in East York and you have a craving for Thai food, this is a delicious and affordable place to go to.

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