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8 must try fried foods in Toronto for Hanukkah 2015

Hanukkah in Toronto begins tonight. This eight-day-long holiday is a happy one that celebrates the miracle of light (basically, a jug of oil lasted for a week instead of one day). To commemorate it, Jewish people light the menorah and eat fried foods, traditionally, but definitely not limited to, latkes and sufganiyot (donuts).

Here are my picks for must try fried foods in Toronto this Hanukkah.

Sufganiyot, or fried jelly donuts, done the right way are better than anything you can get from Tim Hortons. Kosher bakeries like My Zaidy's Bakery in the north end of the city sell out quickly, but these delicious morsels of dough are available elsewhere, including year-round at Fat Pasha.

Un-Chicken and Waffles
Hogtown Vegan is well-known for highly-caloric vegan comfort food. And, a trip to this Bloorcourt eatery isn't complete without a plate of un-chicken and waffles. So, go ahead, indulge in a plate of pillowy waffles topped with deep-fried tofu nuggets.

Buffalo Cauliflower
You'll barely believe these bite-sized balls of deep-fried goodness from Home of the Brave are actually veggies thanks to their beer-battered exterior and generous coating of buffalo sauce and creamy ranch dressing.

Gra Bong
These Thai-style squash fritters are totally addictive thanks to their crunchy shells and seriously flavourful interiors. It's pretty much impossible to eat just one.

Quinoa Onion Rings
Fresh's onion rings are covered in quinoa therefore rendering them a health food. Well, that's what I always tell myself before completely devouring an order (or two).

Vegan Donuts
Apiecalypse Now! serves its iconic Simpsons-style donuts on Fridays and Saturdays only. If you can't get your hands on one, the vegan bakery and pizza joint serves up a variety of treats daily.

This is another health food disguising itself as junk thanks to its golden shell. But, falafel balls, like those from Fat Pasha, are great on their own or ensconced in a pita. Either way, you should always eat them with tahina.

No Hanukkah-related list would be complete without latkes. Grab a traditional potato pancake from a restaurant like Caplansky's, Free Times Cafe or United Bakers. Or, go the gourmet route and try them topped with creme fraiche, caviar and smoked salmon from People's Eatery.

What did I miss? Add more must try fried foods to the comments.

Latke photo by Whole Foods on Instagram.

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