Little Master Toronto
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Little Master

Little Master serves up Shaanxi-style (Northwestern) Chinese cuisine a stone's throw away from the Mecca of good food that is Northtown Way . There's seating for maybe a dozen and the walls are covered with hand-drawn art of Little Master himself.

Little Master Toronto

Skewers are a traditional part of Shaanxi cuisine, so I order a lot of them. The Lamb Kebab ($2.99 each) is the winner here with cumin and chill powder giving it a punch.

Little Master Toronto

The Deep Fried Gluten ($1.99) and Curd Rolls ($1.99) are less flavourful and probably not something I'd order again.

Little Master Toronto

The most unique skewer might be the Deep Fried Coriander ($1.99). Here, the fragrant coriander is wrapped in a beancurd skin and basted in a spicy sauce, making for a light yet excellent snack.

Little Master Toronto

For the less adventurous palate I'd recommend the Fried Boneless Chicken Strips ($5.99). They come delicately battered with a side of sweet Thousand Island-like dipping sauce.

Little Master Toronto

Shaanxi-style cuisine is traditionally lamb-heavy, so the Lamb Pilaf ($9.99) is a must-try. Seasoned rice and sweet potatoes are served with several cuts of fatty lamb. The meat is a tad gamey and buttery rich, which is just what I'm looking for. It's fantastic.

Little Master Toronto

The Braised Chicken with Noodles ($8.99) are also very good - the chicken is tender and the noodles are enjoyably chewy.

Little Master Toronto

An unexpected highlight of my meal is the Pork with Salted Vegetables on Rice ($8.99). This is more of a Taiwanese dish than a Shaanxi one - the fattiness of the pork adds tons of flavour to the rice and a dash of chili oil kicks it up to another level.

Little Master Toronto

To cool things down you can't go wrong with either the Honey Lemon Juice or Honey Green Tea ($3.49 each).

Little Master Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo. When not writing for blogTO he can usually be found tweeting here or delaying mealtimes indefinitely by posting pictures here . Photos by Hector Vasquez.


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