505 Highway 7
Donburi was something I stumbled on when I was trying to find a middle point for me and a friend to meet up. It turned out to be a hidden gem with huge portions!
We decided to try the Takoyaki and I was glad it had the sauces and garnishes. It wasn’t bad but still not the best I’ve ever had. The dough was partially chewy and the octopus piece was a good size.
The Donburi Gyuu Don is one of their classics and comes in a fairly large bowl with a lot of meat! It’s flavoured nicely and isn’t bland so you’ll have no problem finishing it! The rice is also partially wet and sticky like it’s supposed to be.
The Chicken Oyako Don was what I chose because I love eggs with my rice :). The onions were even super sweet and grilled to a soft texture so I had no problem eating it. The rice to topping ratio is just right and I wouldn’t change it.
This place is a little hidden but worth a try if you’re in the area. Try to avoid dinner rushes though since it fills up fast! It’s family friendly so a lot of groups come in at the same time.
505 Highway 7 (Markham)
This ramen shop is a little hole in the wall and they don’t really have a front door either. You have to go into the plaza and use the side entrance.
It’s a good sized restaurant and the wall is littered with people’s drawings and their expressions of love for Jyuban. Maybe because of this, I had high expectations.
They pride themselves on not using MSG and preservatives and I was interested in how different that would be.
I had the Beef Shank Ramen in Jyuban Own Flavour which is their secret mixture in chicken broth. Not much description other than that but the beef shank was not fatty, pretty lean. The egg was also a bit too overcooked, not runny enough. You can definitely taste the difference with their broth being very clear and on the lighter side.
I have mixed feelings about this because I like my meat a little on the fatty side and my broth creamy. It’s not to my preference but my cousin loved it. She likes things a little simple and there it all comes down to what you like.
The Ramen in Butter Flavour is Hokkaido style ramen in salt and chicken broth. It’s simple with no complex flavours and the egg and broth were the same as my dish. The butter gave it a nice subtle fatty flavour but you can only get so much with butter. It’s fun to watch it melt though.
It’s another Poppin Cooking box and this one is the best one out of all the ones I’ve ever tried. The “beef patty” actually tastes good and the bun as well! The cola tastes like it could pass for the real thing and the fries, oh my god the fries! They got the taste and texture as well! I really want to know how they come up with this stuff. Can someone find me a video of their factory :p?
3160 Steeles Avenue East (Markham)
My boyfriend surprised me by taking me here for dinner on a random day and it quickly became one of my favourite places! This Japanese fusion place is a great place to take a date for any occasion.
The Nori Fries are AMAZING! It’s seasoned so evenly and the fries are covered from head to toe so no matter whichever one you pick, it will be full of flavour. They have different variations and I can’t wait to try the others.
This Side Salad comes with almost every dish, just like if you were to go to any Japanese restaurants. Nothing special about the salad.
The Shiso Clam Vongole has white wine, olive oil, garlic, bacon, tomato and Manila clams. I cannot begin to descibe how amazing this is. There is a good amount of clams and everything has such a bold flavour that isn’t too overpowering. Vongole is more on the lighter side that uses olive oil instead of cream or tomato sauce so you really get to taste to ingredients for what they are.
Their Unagi Don has a cream teriyaki sauce and shimeji mushrooms with Japanese BBQ sauce eel. Again, great flavour and everything is cooked perfectly.
Side Note: After writing this post, I have decided to go to Shiso Tree for dinner this weekend.
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.
I’ve always wanted to try making one of these Poppin Cooking sets and there’s so many different kinds out there, it was hard to choose. But I ended up with this one because it seemed different.
Make note that these are a little pricey since it’s imported from Japan but sometimes they’ll be on sale.
If you look closely around the package, you’ll notice dotted lines where you’re supposed to cut. They make the most use out of the packaging so there’s less garbage. It’s important you don’t rip the bag because you will be using it as a placemat, stencil and measuring tool!
Everything is packaged separately and colour coordinated so you’ll know which bag is for which step. It’s not shown here but the back of the box has full instructions on what to mix, what to measure with and everything you need to know.
I would’ve shown more of the steps but I’m using my hands to make everything and didn’t want to spread germs from my phone.
Using my cut out as the placemat, here is everything me and my boyfriend made. I heard it would taste disgusting but it’s nat as bad as people say it is. Everything was edible and I think it’s a fun activity to do. It’s not something that will satisfy your cravings but it’s a fun experience.