Last year, the world went through a strange and challenging time. Let’s hope 2021 is better.
A good way to welcome a lucky, prosperous and peaceful new year with your family is to order some tasty take-out from top Asian restaurants in the Greater Toronto Area.
Vietnamese Cuisine – Demen Bistro
When mentioning Vietnamese cuisine, steaming, mouth-watering bowls of pho are a must. To create the best flavor, Demen Bistro selects the freshest ingredients. The slices of rare beef are tender, moist, savoury and rich in flavor. However, Vietnamese cuisine is more than just pho. Other authentic Vietnamese dishes here include beef noodle soup, fried chicken wings on sticky rice, and rice noodle with fermented shrimp paste. In particular, the special rice noodle with fermented shrimp paste is worth a try. The dish includes fresh rice noodles, Vietnamese pork cartilage sausage, chewy fried pork and green rice flake patties, crispy pan-fried squid patties, and fried tofu served with shrimp paste. A bestseller, it is mostly ordered by Vietnamese customers.
Address: 500 Queen St W, Toronto
Phone: 416 364 2888
Thai Cuisine – Pai Toronto
The northern region of Thailand is a popular tourist destination and is known for famous landmarks and diverse cuisine. When you enjoy Pai Toronto’s food, it feels like you are being taken directly to the Land of Smiles.
A small bowl of Tom Yum soup with ingredients such as shrimp, lemongrass, scallions, mushrooms, tomatoes, shallots and cilantro is an excellent appetizer. The combination of spicy and sour helps to stimulate the taste buds, making your meal even more delicious. Choose Khao Soi, the chef’s favourite dish and a specialty of Northern Thailand, for your main dish. It consists of boiled egg noodles covered in golden curry rich in coconut flavour with crispy egg noodles on the top. There are different types of Khao Soi that you can pick, such as beef, chicken, tofu and vegetables (with shrimp paste), shrimp, or you can go with a completely vegetarian option. Pad Thai, Green Curry with Chicken, and Pad Gra Prow are also good dishes to try.
Address: 18 Duncan St., Toronto
Korean Cuisine – Onnuri
If you love Korean dishes, you must try Onnuri. Start your meal with corn cheese, a simple yet delicious dish thanks to the corn’s sweetness, and the salty flavor of the cheese. Your food is only prepared after the order is placed, ensuring freshness. When indoor dinging was still allowed, it was such a delight to see a steaming hot bowl of Unagi Dolsot Bibimbap (rice with eel) placed on the table by the waiter. Besides rice options, don’t forget to try Potato Pork Bone Soup GamJaTang, or seafood and tofu soup SoonTofu which are comforting in cold weather.
Address: 1170 Burnhamthorpe Rd W # 15, Mississauga
Taiwanese Cuisine – Green Grotto
Green Grotto first opened in 1993 at Yonge and Sheppard Streets. After many years, this brand is now one of the famous names that youngsters think of every time they crave a sip of Taiwanese tea. Hokkaido milk tea is a bestseller. The restaurant also offers Taiwanese dishes such as minced pork rice with egg, and fragrant hot beef shank noodle.
Address: 7040 Warden Ave, Markham.
Indian Cuisine – Indian Cuisine By The Lake
There is nothing like a little warm spice on a cold day. Located in the heart of Port Credit, Indian Cuisine By The Lake has a myriad of delicious, authentic options for you to enjoy. Crispy samosas, which look like fried Vietnamese pillow dumplings but with vegetable filling, are a mouth-watering way to start a meal. Chicken from the clay oven (Tandoor) comes in a variety of flavors including tikka, Afghan and Hariyali (mint) tikka. Tikka chicken is marinated with tandoori seasoning, and Afghan chicken has a little yogurt, cashew nuts, ginger and garlic. Hariyali tikka is an eye-catching green color thanks to green chili and mint. Another famous main is butter chicken, served with traditional naan flatbread.
Address: 56A Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga
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