1852 Dundas St East (Mississauga)
Cuisine: Northern Chinese
This restaurant uses a lot of lamb in their dishes; I’d say about 80 per cent. So if you don’t like the taste of lamb, DO NOT go here. If you do then by all means, this might be the place for you. If you can handle your spice that is.
Their Fried Barbecue (Lamb) is a pretty big plate of lamb with quite a spicy kick. I couldn’t eat too much of it at one time but I kept going back because it was chewy and full of flavour.
The noodles in the Lamb Soup Noodle was handmade and so fresh! They were chewy and did not break apart easily but they were heavy so you couldn’t lift it too high. This one wasn’t too spicy but there was a lot of black pepper which is a different experience.
The Lamb Soup is similar to the previous one but there are no noodles and you have a lamb shank instead of pre-cut pieces. You have the same clear, peppery broth with the hundreds of green onions.
And of course, you can’t forget the Shish Kebab (Lamb). These are SO spicy, even if you ask them to put less but the meat was a little dry in my opinion but still had a nice texture to them.
It’s a good place to try but I probably wouldn’t be back. I would’ve liked to see more variety, even with their specialty being lamb. The service was also poor, it took a long time to get someone’s attention and even then, it seemed like they were annoyed.
It’s always great finding new and interesting snacks. These are a different take on your traditional American Oreos and of course, I had to share with all of you! Watch my video to find out how it went :).
*Oreo Green Tea Matcha Cookie Bars
*Oreo Soft Cookie: Strawberry Fields
*Oreo Strawberry Chocolate Bars
*Oreo Green Tea Matcha Chocolate Bars
*Oreo Vanilla Chocolate Bars
477 Queen Street West
The desserts are displayed beautifully behind a class and the workers in uniforms greet you cheerfully as they take your order.
You can choose to have it to go but you can also eat downstairs in a private area with padded seating. It’s nice after a day of walking and shopping at the nearby Eaton Centre.
The St Honore Chocolate is one of the variations that they rotate and it’s a creme chantilly (this one in chocolate) in a tart with berries usually and two full-sized macarons varying in flavour. It’s so good and the tart is cookie-like while the creme is so smooth, it melts in your mouth!
The St Honore Vanilla Bean is equally as good but instead of a chocolate creme chantilly, it’s vanilla bean.
I grabbed some Mini Macarons to share with some friends I was seeing the next day and they were still pretty fresh. There were different flavours and I enjoyed the ones I tried. They still aren’t the best I’ve had but if I passed by one, I would drop in to get some.
9665 Bayview Avenue #30 (Richmond Hill)
Type: Dim Sum
For Father’s Day, I brought my family to have some dim sum but I wanted to go to somewhere classy that made them fresh in the kitchen. And Yang’s didn’t disappoint!
The Baked Sweet Durian Puff + Baked Cashew & Pumpkin Puff were new to me! You can taste the durian and the puff was so flaky it crumbled right when I bit into it. The pumpkin was more deep fried and chewy with a smooth pumpkin centre.
One of the best delicacies at dim sum, Beef Tripe with Fermented Bean Paste. By itself it doesn’t have a taste but it’s the juice that it’s steamed in that gives it the flavour.
The Crispy Japanese Pearl Oyster is something I usually get if I see it. I love oysters and the batter around this one wasn’t too thick and was nice and fluffy.
My favourite dim sum dish of all time, the Crystal Jumbo Shrimp Har Gow Dumpling. I love that the shrimp filling inside is simple but the best part is the super chewy clear skin on the outside. I always eat the outside first, it’s the only time I don’t save the best for last!
The Minced Squid Ball in Bird’s Nest was a little interesting as well. The bird’s nest outside was crispy but I felt like there was too much compared to the squid on the inside. There needed to be more filling!
Their Seafood Dumpling with Russian Fish Roe (Siu Mai) was really fresh and you could taste it! It was still pipping hot but the flavour of everything was multiplied.
We got the Steamed Chicken Feet with Spices because they didn’t have the red one. It was still good and the skin and meat wasn’t thin so it wasn’t an old diseased chicken,
Last but not least, the Taro Cake. With chunks of taro, I enjoyed this one a lot because they didn’t cheap out on the main ingredient. It was a little dry though but that was probably because of the taro. You win some, you lose some.
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