Tokyo comes to Toronto - Touhenboku Ramen (261 Queen St. West, Toronto)
Tried the newest ramen shop in Toronto today! What’s different? Unlike most ramen places I’ve been to, Touhenboku does a chicken broth instead of a pork broth. You get to choose from 4 types of soup: original (which I had, and liked, but it indeed was thick and creamy as it says), spicy chili, garlic, and light (clear). And then you can choose a soy-based or a sea-salt based flavour. And then you can choose between the thin noodle or thick noodle. And then you can choose pork belly or pork shoulder for your meat. Each bowl comes with wood ear mushrooms, half a boiled egg, seaweed and scallions.
The noodles were good with the right chewiness, and my pork shoulder was nice and not dry. While I enjoyed my original, thin noodles, soy-based, with pork shoulder ramen, I do prefer something less creamy, so next time I will have the light broth, thick noodles, sea-salt, and pork belly :) Great location and good price at $10.50.
Touhenboku (or “Blockhead” in Japanese!!! funny!) also offers various don buri rice bowls, karaagi (deep fried chicken), gyoza (pan-fried dumplings), as well as desserts, such as tiramisu and mille crepes! Nice staff too!
From Tokyo, Japan, my new regular daily use knife from Tokyo’s Kitchen Street in Asakusa. It is super light, cuts super smoothly, and feels magical in my hand! Is it a magic knife that will turn me into a master chef?! Can’t wait to try!
Creative pumpkins!!! Happy Hallowe’en!!
Spaghetti Squash - so yummy AND healthy!
I’ve never used spaghetti squash but have heard from others this unique veggie. I decided to try it using this recipe (didn’t use the extra cottage cheese just cause I didn’t have it). I did the “lasagna” part in a separate dish because there didn’t seem to be enough room in the half squash. Anyways, forgot to take a picture of the final product, but the picture on the original blog I found is way nicer anyways! The meal was delicious and it’s so cool how the squash actually comes out like noodles!!
Taki Japanese Restaurant (5500 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls, Canada)
Mmm - Chirashi Don $22.95.
One Pot Cooking!!!
This is awesome! Found this on The Culinary Tribune blog - a one pot salmon coconut curry pasta!! And you can modify everything to taste, so this is my kind of recipe!!
Key ingredients include pasta, coconut milk, water/broth, onion, garlic, mini peppers, coriander/cilantro, grape tomatos, salt/pepper, bay leaf, - we also added cumin.
Pretty much toss everything in the pot, cook covered for 15 mins and dinner is done!!! If you’re following the recipe, we need to warn those who cannot take the spic, that even though we went with a lower number of mini peppers (5 instead of 8), that was still way too spicy for us!! It was so tasty though, so we just fought through it! Will definitely make this again! Love the minimal clean up, minimal time, and delicious flavours!
Frank’s worst nightmare now has a face!
Thanksgiving treats from OMG Baked Goodness (1561 Dundas St W www.omgbakedgoodness.com)
These ladies work hard to keep us fed with yummy desserts, working on Thanksgiving Monday! We picked up a fresh salted caramel apple pie this afternoon for our thanksgiving dinner (family size for $18). We also had previously tasted a couple of their individual sized other pies in advance ($4.50 each) such as the maple pie and the pumpkin pie. All were great!