6012 Yonge Street
Type: Bar Food
Fried chicken is probably one of my favourite foods and if you’ve never had Korean Fried Chicken (KFC), you’re totally missing out. It’s made fresh, the skin is extra crispy and the meat just falls right off the bone. Not too mention the seasoning and spices they use! There are different kinds but if you’re generally a fan of honey garlic, I think you’ll be pretty happy.
The Flavoured Fries (Butter Garlic) was an interesting seasoning that we had to try. The fries were crispy but not cut too thick, which is how I like them. The powdered seasoning you see has a sweet butter taste to it and the garlic is very faint.
The Green Onion Chicken has crispy fried chicken that makes a crunch when you bite into it. Make sure you dip it in the extra honey garlic-like sauce on the bottom of the plate, it doesn’t taste the same without it!
The Seafood Cream Ricecake is my favourite variation of rice cakes so far. I’ve had them spicy, in soup and stir-fried but this cream sauce takes the cake! It’s smooth, not spicy and has seafood! The only downside is it’s pretty heavy, especially when you get it for sharing as a group, so don’t fill up on this too quickly.
The Steamed Corn was probably my friend Amy’s favourite. It’s something so simple and it might’ve been free (I can’t remember :p) but she likes things like that. Especially all that buttery goodness!
I would definitely come here again. I’ve had a few KFC places and to be honest, I enjoy it every time! It’s something you can’t go wrong with, if you guys find one you didn’t like, let me know and I’ll be sure to avoid it.
I started my subscription with Universal Yums and while I was a little disappointed with my first box being US snacks but there were some good finds. Watch the video and tell me what you guys think. Were the snacks up to par? Could they have done better?
Universal Yums June 2016 USA:
*Route 11 Chesapeake Crab Chips
*Grippos Bar-B-Q Potato Chips
*Black & White Cookie
*Aplets and Cotlets
*Montana Wild Huckleberry Twists
*Fralingers’ Salt Water Taffy
*Vermont Maple Drops
*Lammes Habanero Pecan Praline
261 Queen Street West
Pricing: Cheap – Average
There was a lot of hype around Touhenboku so I was really excited to try it. It was a bit of a wait since the Queen Street location was a bit small but it’s more on the simplistic, modern side.
The Karaage Bowl wasn’t bad, with crispy pieces of chicken and a good amount of rice. It wasn’t a huge portion but it it did the job without leaving you stuffed. It wasn’t anything special though.
Their Pork Ramen with Sea Salt and Pork Belly was very oily upon first impression. You could see the oil bubbles at the top. Even at the end, I left my broth alone and there was a thick layer of oil that I scraped to the side. I’ve seen this with a lot of ramen but this one was THICK.
As for the taste, it wasn’t bad but I felt the noodles were lacking. They weren’t chewy and I don’t think it come together very well. Out of all the ramen houses I’ve been to, I’d have to say this one is my least favourite so far. It could be my preference though because another friend of mine went to the same restaurant and loved it.
Have any of you been? Let me know what your experience was.
New Kennedy Square, Food Court, 8360 Kennedy Road, #81
You may have had the traditional egg puffs while strolling around Chinatown or an Asian mall/community but with all of the modern food innovations, I’m not surprised these evolved as well.
This one is located in the food court of New Kennedy Square. This plaza doesn’t really have anything to offer except a slew of restaurants on the outside for locals but this little gem probably brings in all of the young ones.
On my first trip, I had the Chinese Sausage with Seaweed and Matcha Soft Serve. The ice cream was smooth and while you could taste the matcha, they didn’t put enough (notice the light colour). The egg puff was amazing though and I would definitely get it again!
I love Cookies and Cream but this one fell flat. It didn’t have much flavour at all and was too sweet. It wasn’t the way it was made, I just think the two together don’t make a good combination.
Brownies and cheesecakes are both great desserts so why not put the two together?! This is an amazing recipe and would recommend this to try or even for an event. It’s easy to make and anyone can do it!
- 250g unsalted butter
- 420g sugar
- 2 eggs
- 380g flour
- 60g cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 80g white chocolate chips
- 300g full-fat cream cheese
- 60g icing sugar
- 1 large egg
Cream the butter and sugar together until it’s light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, remember to scrape the sides to get everything.
Sift together the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and tip it into the batter in two batches.
Break off one quarter of the dough, cover with cling wrap and put it in the fridge.
Line the tray with parchment paper and press the remaining dough into the tray and allow it to set in the fridge for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 325 fahrenheit.
Remove from the fridge and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool on a rack completely.
In the meantime, melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over a saucepan.
Remove from the stove and let it cool slightly, not completely.
Mix the cream cheese and sugar for the topping until smooth. Add the egg and mix throughly, then stir in the melted white chocolate.
Spread the mixture onto the base. Remove the saved dough from the fridge and crumble onto the topping.
Bake for 25 minutes then allow to cool completely before placing it in the fridge for about four hours. Cut into squares and serve!
Recipe: Cake Days by Hummingbird Bakery
5322 Yonge Street
This is a great place for Taiwanese snacks and desserts. There are currently two locations, one in the Yonge-Finch area and one in downtown Chinatown. They have plans to open two more in Hamilton and Markham.
They have a huge selection of snacks and an even bigger selection of desserts. I’ve tried a few of both on different trips and would suggest getting both!
The Deep Fried Beef Balls comes with a sweet and sour sauce that goes well with it. They’re bite-sized and aren’t plain at all with a small hint of spices.
I had to get the Durian Custard Sweet Dumplings and if you love durian, I highly recommend them! It’s fresh and so chewy.
This is the inside and it’s a sweet and fragrant smell. The texture is smooth they didn’t cheap out on the durian!
Their Golden Macau and Oreo Macau Pudding was smooth and is a little pricey for the size and what’s in it (cream!) but it’s goooooood. I have yet to try their parfaits but those are next! Which are a step up from their puddings.
The Golden Roll Supreme is a mango explosion wrapped with a rice roll. You’ll see things like this often in Chinese dessert places with different variations. They’re worth trying once although it’s not my personal favourite but it could be yours.
There are two different kinds of shaved ice most people know; Korean (small bits of crushed ice) and Taiwanese (smooth, melt in your mouth shavings). Their Green Tea with Red Bean Shaved Ice is AMAZING! It’s flavoured with a good amount of matcha and the sweetness of the red beans goes well with the bitter green tea.
I love the hot rice rolls when they’re nice and soft which is why I prefer them as a meal than in my dessert. Their Hong Kong Style Steam Rice Rolls was exactly what I was craving that day and it may seem plain but that salty oyster sauce gives it a lot of depth.
And of course, their Taiwanese Style Popcorn Chicken. It’s lightly breaded and very tender. Like everything else, it comes to your table hot!