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GRAND REOPENING: Baos ‘n beers @ Broadview Hotel

Here on Triple B, we’ve been to more than a few rooftop patios downtown, but there aren’t nearly as many in the East End — the only ones I know are Gusto 501 and the Broadview Hotel. Now, I’ve got some good memories of slamming some AYCE BBQ at the Broadview back in the good old days of 2019, so we figured it’s time to head back to their rooftop. Only this time, there’s no BBQ on the menu…but they are serving up not one, not two, not three but four different kinds of baos, bro!

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I really wanted to try one of every bao on the menu…but man, this Nashville hot chicken bao was about as Nashville as Lil Nas X. I mean, at this point, I kinda know that anything called “Nashville hot chicken” in Toronto ain’t gonna have the face-melting, extreme heat of Hattie B’s — but I was expecting at least a lil bit of spice here. And there was none. Chicken wasn’t bad on its own, but man, I’ve had mild Thai food that was (a lot) spicier than this!!!

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Now we’re going with something more traditional in this braised pork belly bao. While it didn’t blow my mind, up in the air, up in the air, it is pretty much what you’d expect from a Chinese steamed-bun sandwich.

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While I was really looking forward to this beef brisket bao, it turned out to be more brisket pho than Texas BBQ. Still wasn’t bad though — the cashews were an interesting touch.

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But now we’re gonna funk it up a notch with a crispy tofu bao, bro! I could say that this was one of the top five crispy tofu dishes I’ve ever had…but I don’t think I’ve even had five crispy tofu dishes ever.

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When it comes to the beers, I was pleasantly surprised to hear they had Dieu du Ciel’s Rosée D’Hibiscus as their rotating seasonal tap. Probably the pinkest beer I’ve ever had, it packs a lot of fruity flavour with a slightly sour finish.

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And you KNOW I couldn’t hit the former home of Jilly’s Strip Club without slamming down a Jilly’s Blonde, bro! Hey, it beats licking the sweat off a stripper’s g-string, or so I’m told… 😛

Kanpai Snack Bar has made me a fan of TFC!

Now, I really don’t watch any soccer, but apparently our local team won last weekend or something? Son, the closest I come to soccer is kickin’ it old-school to some funky fresh beats—and they’ve got all the beats you can kick it to at Kanpai Snack Bar, which is serving up Taiwanese street food with a side of hip hop… These guys are like the Renegades of Funk in the kitchen!

Now, they might be known for their Taiwanese Fried Chicken—and we’ll get to that in a Grandmaster Flash—but this place also has some of the funkiest vegan dishes I’ve even had. Check out this little jam called Taipei Tater Slaw:

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This is like Potatoes Gone Wild, bro! You’ve got some thinly slice julienned potatoes tossed in a Szechuan peppercorn dressing for a nice spicy kick. It really goes well with the Cabbage Patch Kids—say what now!?

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This funky dish is totally bringing the 80’s back, dude! You’ve got a nice, crispy Brussel sprout salad, with pork belly bacon bits, and all kindsa flavour from the bell peppers to the red-hot chilis, to the sesame soy dressing. Now, I never say this about Brussel sprouts, but I could go for another helping of these!

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Of course, then I wouldn’t have room for the Fu Manchu. This deep-fried dish is the King of the Road, bro! Named after my favourite SoCal skater-rock outfit, this funky tofu is crispy on the outside, pillowy on the inside, with a sweet chili sauce on top. This has gotta be one of the top-five tofu dishes I’ve ever had… Wait, I don’t think I’ve ever had five tofu dishes, but this one is definitely gangsta!

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Speaking of gangsta, it doesn’t get more gangsta than the O.G. Bao, bro! Super-succulent pork belly with Taiwanese relish, picked cabbage and crushed peanuts, son!

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And then we get to the main event. I’m pretty sure I’ve already had the TFC at Taste of Toronto, but this time it came paired with a side of Red Rooster—a funky-fresh spin on fried rice. I probably couldda eaten six or seven pieces…this bird is the word, bro!

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But of course, you know I still had room for dessert! They call this Let Your Backbone Slide, and it’s about as funky as it sounds. They take sesame mochi—a Japanese rice cake—deep fry it, and serve it up with a slathering of strawberry jam and crushed peanuts. Probably the most outta-bounds PB&J you’ll ever see, son!

Dude, if they had this kinda food at BMO Field, I might actually go to a soccer game sometime…