Toronto Gems: Fried apples, Milk tea, House-made pita

1 Jan

Happy new year! Not only is this my first post of 2014, but also my 100th post! What could I write about to make this post extra special? Such pressure…So I thought I’d share some gems I recently found in my hometown.

1. Fried Apples.

No, this isn’t some redneck deep fried apple you might find at a deep-fryer party, beside some deep-fried Twinkies. In fact, the English name doesn’t do it justice. In Chinese, these are “silk apples.” At Asian Legend (505 Hwy. 7 East, Thornhill, ON Canada), they are apple pieces fried golden brown, brought to your table along with sugar syrup, and a bowl of ice water. The server coats the apples with the syrup, and then dunks the pieces into the ice water.

apples in ice water

The sugar caramelizes over the tender apples pieces, forming a delicate, crunchy layer. If prepared exactly right, you’ll see thin sugar strands on the apple pieces, like silk.

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Silk apple

HK iced milk tea2. Milk Tea.

Not too far from Asian Legend is Marathon Cafe (155 East Beaver Creek Road, Richmond Hill, ON, Canada), the home of award-winning Hong Kong-style milk tea. If you go in the summer, try the iced version. Absolutely smooth!

Marathon Cafe

3. House-made Pita.

In Toronto’s downtown core, Paramount Fine Foods (253 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Canada) is a Lebanese restaurant that makes the largest, poofiest, pita bread I’ve ever seen.

Paramount - pita

Dip it in mousakaa – a delicious combination of grilled eggplant, diced tomatoes, onions, peppers, and chickpeas mixed in a tomato sauce. Or, wrap the pita around crunchy falafel and top with tahini.

falafel (Paramount Fine Foods)

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