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Taste of Empanada

Taste of Empanada is a hidden gem whose entire menu consists of two things: Filipino empanadas and stuffed dessert pastries known as hopia. 

This hidden plaza shop is the second outpost of the family-run staple Super Bakers, which has been operating for more than 20 years. 

taste of empanada torontoBringing their fool-proof empanada recipe to Scarborough, this tiny iteration isn't quite as cozy as the one on the Queensway, which feels a lot like stepping into a family member's living room. 

taste of empanada torontoCo-owner Joe Garcia runs this location, which is basically a takeout counter for boxes of their flaky empanadas.

taste of empanada torontoA former employee of the now-shuttered Campbell Soup Factory, Garcia teamed up with several of his past co-workers to turn what used to be a hair salon into this 600-square-foot empanada-making machine. 

taste of empanada torontoTheir secret recipe dough is shipped over from Etobicoke daily to form the basis of all their pastries.

taste of empanada torontoUnlike the Etobicoke shop, there's a consistent offering of veggie empanadas ($21.49 for a dozen, or $2 each) filled with potatoes, peas, and carrots. According to Joe, there's more of a demand for it in this area. 

taste of empanada torontoChicken empanadas run the same price, while pork is slightly cheaper if bought in bulk , at $20.99 per dozen. 

taste of empanada torontoUnlike the Spanish empanadas, these cultural crossovers are slightly sweeter than the original, and less packed with meat. 

taste of empanada torontoHopia, a small, flaky pastry, is a popular snack, also known as merienda, in the Philippines.

taste of empanada torontoThey're dense bites stuffed with fillings made in-house. 

taste of empanada torontoThey're filled with ube, baboy (or wintermelon), and mung beans. taste of empanada torontoThey range between $1.29 and $1.59 each, or up to $16.99 for a dozen. 

taste of empanada torontoA convenient value meal for $3.49 gets you one empanada, hopia, and a drink, making Taste of Empanada an crucial pitstop for something quick. 

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Photos by

Hector Vasquez

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