Tucked away on a quiet street between UofT and Ryerson is the perfect place to warm up with a bowl of wonton soup, pot stickers and fried mantou.
With a streamlined menu, new decor and a space flooded with natural light, the spot is a surefire haven for students and non-students alike during the coming cool months.
- Summer’s last Filipino night market is landing downtown this week (PHOTOS)
- A fried chicken festival is coming to the GTA this month
- A ginormous vegetarian food fest is coming to Toronto this week
Ideal for a study session, a dinner with pals or a sweet date, the simple and inviting space won’t overwhelm your senses with over-the-top interiors… instead, all the intensity will come from the food’s flavours.
Start with signature soup wontons alongside a (big!) bowl of new-to-the-menu hot and sour soup. The flavours are bright, the wontons are juicy, and the soup is easily big enough to share.
Braised beef noodle soup serves as a warming, hearty and indulgent main. It would be the type of meal that might induce a food coma, but the addition of steamed greens adds a freshness that will keep your energy up, making this a well-balanced dish.
And a side of deep fried shrimp wontons certainly won’t hurt.
Speaking of balance: the crispy beef with rice dish is available served with a halo of perfectly-steamed broccoli.
So you can have your saucy, crispy, meaty deliciousness, and your rice, while still ensuring you get a hearty dose of greens. Just ensure you dip those baby trees in the meat’s sauce, for good measure.
Adding an order of fried rice noodles with beef (make ’em spicy) to the table automatically elevates your meal into one made for sharing.
The massive plate sits perfectly amongst your other pickings, with side bowls available for you to load the noodles into.
If you don’t bring enough pals along to help you finish on the spot, no worry. These noodles are also excellent as leftovers, pan-fried at home.
If you’re inclined to finish with something sweet (as you should be), you have a couple of options.
First, a glass of black bean soy milk is a delicate pairing for the savoury flavours of your main dishes. Offered in a milk-tea like cup, you can get it sealed to take on the run.
And, no question, you must indulge in a plate of deep fried and steamed mantou. The fluffiest, slightly-sweet bread with half-crispy, half-soft exterior, is a match made in foodie-heaven with sweetened condensed milk.
Order for the table, or just for yourself. We won’t judge you.
In fact, we’ll encourage you.
Address: 29B St. Joseph Street