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International bubble tea chain lands in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / August 17, 2014

gong cha tea torontoWith dozens of locations around the world, this chain of bubble tea cafes has finally come to rest in the GTA, with its first Canadian location now open in Markham's Metro Square. Your old favourites like taro milk tea are all here (only updated with fresh ingredients - no powders here), but there's also "moustache drinks" - the house specialty - and an infinite combo of toppings, flavours and add-ons.

Read my review of Gong Cha Tea in the cafes section.
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The top 10 bakeries in Markham

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / June 13, 2014

markham bakeriesThe top bakeries in Markham are, surprisingly, rather multicultural. Shedding Markham's oft-quoted stereotype of being Chinatown North, these purveyors of lovely pastries (and other enemies of my thighs) reflect a wonderfully diverse cultural spectrum. You could ostensibly pick up Cantonese egg tarts, macarons, jalebis, CNE-style donuts, and a tiramisu cake in one large trip, and still never leave Markham. And the best part? They are all excellent.

Here are my picks for the top bakeries in Markham.

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The top 10 Taiwanese restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / April 2, 2014

taiwanese restaurants torontoThe top Taiwanese restaurants in Toronto are (surprise, surprise) located far from the downtown core. While there are many Chinese restaurants in the heart of Toronto that serve a Taiwanese dish or two, you need to look at the city's northern edges to find entire restaurants dedicated to this rather underrated cuisine.

The flavours of Taiwanese dishes are usually quite distinct, though the food itself never feels so rich that it causes a food coma. The three-cup chicken (san bei ji), popcorn chicken (no relation to the KFC variety), stinky tofu, and beef noodle soup are some of the more recognizable examples of Taiwanese cooking. The best part is that these dishes are, generally, very reasonably priced, making them great for both your wallet and your tastebuds.

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The top 10 Chinese restaurants in Scarborough

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / March 15, 2014

Chinese restaurants ScarboroughThe top Chinese restaurants in Scarborough are, by all accounts, extremely subjective. I know that seems like an obvious statement, but such is the cultural mosaic of this oft-maligned part of the GTA that each end of the Chinese cuisine spectrum can be found here. Some would even argue that the area's Chinese culinary diversity surpasses even northern heavyweights like Markham and Richmond Hill.

Here are my picks for the top Chinese restaurants in Scarborough.

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The top 10 cheap Chinese restaurants in Markham and Richmond Hill

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / March 11, 2014

Cheap chinese restaurantsThe top cheap Chinese restaurants in Markham and Richmond Hill are an extremely diverse bunch. The two towns (sorry, one town and one city) have long been known by purists to be the mecca of excellent Chinese food. From Canto-Western, Indian-style Hakka, Taiwanese, to traditional Cantonese restaurants, the varieties of excellent Chinese food in the region resemble something out of a United Colors of Benetton catalogue.

Here are the top cheap Chinese restaurants in Markham and Richmond Hill.

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The top 10 Chinese lobster in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / February 12, 2014

Chinese lobsterThe top restaurants to chow down on Chinese lobster in Toronto serve up food that's a far cry from the plain simplicity of the steamed and dunked in butter version prevalent in most North American style seafood spots. The Chinese (or Cantonese) way of cooking lobster is pretty damn impressive and involves infusing these sea critters with seasonings and spices that make the whole dining experience a feast fit for a king. Common ingredients include Chinese cooking wine, soy sauce, and ginger and many restaurants offer the option to choose whether you want the crustacean steamed, stir-fried, or deep-fried.

Here are 10 restaurants to hit up for Chinese (Cantonese-style) lobster in Toronto.

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