Tag Archives: Taiwanese food

Oodles of noodles @ Awas Tea Noodle

Now, neither noodles or soup are normally a part of my diet, but if you put the two together in a bowl with some beef brisket, then I could go for that. We’re hanging out at Awas Tea Noodle, this funky little joint right in the heart of Downtown Chinatown, where they’re serving up some real-deal Taiwanese food that’s heading straight down my piehole. Text me these noods, bro!!!!

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What we’ve got here is a boiled beef bone broth, with some thick ‘n slurpy noodles, baby bok choi and green onion…oh yeah, with some beef brisket on top! Now, this is definitely different from southern smoked BBQ brisket, but any way you slice it, I’m probably still gonna eat it!!!

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Now, as much as I might like to wash down some beef soup with a nice cold beer, you can’t get that here–so I settled for a lemon ice tea, instead. This beverage was fresh and refreshing, and I was surprised to find they actually left the tea bag at the bottom. This might be the only time that getting teabagged ain’t a bad thing, broseph!!!!

Super-crispy fried chicky @ Gdous Juicy Chicken House

I guess I’ve been eating a lot of fried chicken lately. Whether it’s cheesy Korean style or a serious southern sammy, nothing clogs the ol’ arteries like some deep-fried white meat. Man, my doctor even said I should cut back…so I fired my doctor. And now we’re hanging out at Gdous Juicy Chicken House, this funky Taiwanese fried chicken joint just a stage dive away from Lee’s Palace at Bloor and Brunswick.

Now, I’ve had Taiwanese fried chicken before, and just like Hot Star, this place is known for its chicken steak. So well known, in fact, that it was all sold out at 7 o’clock. So I had to go for a three-piece meal instead. But am I complaining? No way, Jose!!!

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Now, this bird was super-crispy, deep-fried to perfection with a thick, crunchy batter…but still nice ‘n juicy on the inside. The fries had just about the same amount of breading, which made for a nice, heavy snack. I ordered mine “hot,” and while it really didn’t have much of a kick, that didn’t stop me from shoving it straight down my piehole, bro!!!

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Now, I know what you’re thinking…but no bro, this ain’t a frozen margarita, though! While they don’t put booze in a blender here, they do have a Tea Shop 168 right inside, and you can upgrade your combo to a bubble tea for just one dolla. That’s money well spent in Flavourtown!!!


When medium fried chicken just won’t do the trick…

So we’re hanging out at Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken, this funky Taiwanese chicken shack at Yonge and Gerrard, right across from where The Big Slice used to be. Now, I know I just scarfed down some TFC on Monday, but that was like just a small taste after so many veggies. But at this place, they don’t do small and they don’t do vegetables, either—just some real-deal chicken steak that’s as long as a ruler, dude!


Now, you could go home and eat this with a fork and knife like someone with a teeny wittle appetite, y’know, and save the rest for later…or you could do it like they do in Taiwan and eat it with your hands, son! That’s what the paper bag is for, after all:


Now, the chicken has a nice, thick, crispy breading, with some spicy seasoning salt giving it that extra kick. It’s super-hot, Straight Outta Deep-Fryer, and pretty much explodes in your mouth, dude! The combo comes with a side of uber-crispy fries, and your choice of fruity soda drinks. Cuz real men drink Blue Curacao, son:


Now, I know what you’re thinking: Where do they get boneless chicken breasts this big? Trick question, bro—this chicken ain’t boneless! As my homeboy Gord Downie once told me, watch out for them little bones…


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:


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!?


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!


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!


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!


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!


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…