Shi Miaodao Toronto

Shi Miaodao Toronto

Shi Miaodao is a Chinese chain specializing in Yunnan-style rice noodles soups in the heart of Chinatown. 

Marking the first Toronto location of the brand with hundreds of locations across China, the franchise takes over the old home of Jackpot Chicken Rice

shi miaodao torontoThis clean and well-designed restaurant, whose name loosely translates to "ready in 10 seconds" from Mandarin, has a menu of of soups eaten in a DIY-style sometimes referred to as "crossing the bridge" noodles. 

shi miaodao torontoThe eating technique includes mixing the ingredients of the meal at the table yourself, which can be fun for proactive eaters who like to be hands-on. 

shi miaodao torontoAll soups arrive in pots that have been preheated in ovens at around 500 C. The base for nearly all soups are made from a chicken and pork bone base, except for the vegetarian option. 

shi miaodao torontoAt your table, every soup order arrives with a platter of sides including fish tofu, ground pork, goji berries, wood ear fungus, black ear fungus, and rolls of beef. 

shi miaodao torontoYou'll also get your portion of rice noodles—those are unlimited—which are made and shipped from China.  

shi miaodao torontoYour first step: add your favourite toppings to orders like the Shi Miaodao Famous Crossing Bridge Rice Noodle ($9.99) before adding the noodles.

shi miaodao torontoAfter 10 seconds, all the flavours should be absorbed and the noodles are ready to be eaten. 

shi miaodao torontoAnother popular order is the House Special Malay Laksa Rice Noodle ($11.99), a creamy flavour available only at this Toronto franchise. It's surprisingly not spicy at all, which is uncommon for most Malaysian laksa soups. 

shi miaodao torontoThe Kimchi Rice Noodle with Beef ($10.99) is likely the spiciest on the menu, and my favourite. 

shi miaodao torontoThere's also a bunch of classic sides available like a Jackpot Soy Egg for $1.99, in homage to Craig Wong's previous establishment (Shi Miaodao's chef used to work at Jackpot). 

shi miaodao torontoA collection of fruit teas include some from popular bubble tea manufacturer Boduo, which also provides to brands like Incha. The Mix Fruit Green Tea ($6.99) is a refreshing drink with fresh orange, kumquat, lime and watermelon slices. 

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Herman Wong

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