Our New Year’s Food Expedition in Canada


How did I do this? It’s based on Paul Stamatiou’s Flickr slideshow hack.

Watch Penny and I spend New Year’s Day with Elia’s family as we travel around Ontario, Canada enjoying all kinds of Asian delights.

Our first stop was Restoran Malaysia in Richmond Hill, York Region. A three hour drive really worked up an appetite so we went for KL Hokkien Mee (looks like Mee Goreng), Kway Teow, BBQ squid w/ lime sauce, Roti Prata, Chicken Mutarbak, and finished that off with authentic Teh Tarik, Bo Bo Cha Cha, Pulau Hitam, and Coconut ice cream (which had real coconut pulp inside!).

After our massive lunch, we decided to go for a walk at the T&T Supermarket by Pacific Mall for some grocery shopping. It’s a huge Asian supermarket with fresh seafood and Chinese bakery. Seeing the need for a haircut, I hopped over to Pacific Mall for one as you can see in the before and after photos.

The evening saw us heading over to Sam Woo BBQ Restaurant (Mississauga branch) where we had a small six course dinner for the bunch of us. Since we still have lunch somewhere in our tummy, we sampled an exquisite selection of Hong Kong food. Pictured above are delicious Oyster mushrooms and spicy mayo shrimp w/ walnuts. We really had to go back to rest after this meal… where we watched Blade Runner and Aliens while we did our New Year’s countdown.

The next snow-filled morning, we started off with a tasty dim sum lunch at a neighborhood plaza. After packing it all in, we then went shopping trip at Eaton Mall in Toronto. By 5pm, we were out for dinner again.

We made our way to Asian Legend (See photo) which is like a hidden gem tucked away at the end of Dundas in Chinatown. This fine dining Chinese restaurant had a distinctly modern and minimal look which stood out of the surrounding neighborhood. From the outset, Asian Legend specializes in traditional Northern dim sum and stir fry, creating delicious feasts at a reasonable prices. This is a must-try if you are in downtown Toronto. We ended out day walking around Chinatown before bidding farewell to our wonderful host family and heading back to Buffalo.

UPDATE: Do check out Penny’s perspectives on our food expedition.

6 thoughts on “Our New Year’s Food Expedition in Canada

  1. “One Feast to rule them all, One Feast to find them, One Feast to bring them all in the hunger bind them ”

    How did you conquer so much food in just a day? I’m glad I just had braise duck meat noodles for lunch before reading this entry, if not I would probably go crazy for food now 😛

  2. Sacrelicious: Haha… it was the first time we had dinner while still feeling the likes of lunch still in our tummy. A real conquest of delicacies I must say. 🙂

  3. haha so pacific mall is THERE! I finally knew.. I got this really funny video about this indian guy who host a talk show mocking about his bargain for a wallet at pacific mall. Have you seen it? I got to send it to you.. haha

  4. heather: Happy New Year to you! You must be referring to Russell Peters. My Singaporean friends in Buffalo were raving about him since we get all his jokes being just across the border. I haven’t seen any of his skits yet but I’ll be sure to ask my friends! 🙂

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