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Chowtrip to TO: Carousel, Mothers Dumplings, Bocce, Matahari Grill, Tiny Toms,Takebashi

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Chowtrip to TO: Carousel, Mothers Dumplings, Bocce, Matahari Grill, Tiny Toms,Takebashi

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gourmaniac | | Nov 19, 2009 11:25 AM

I had the good fortune to be back in my hometown that I left 30 years ago. The back bacon on a bun at Carousel Bakery (St Lawrence Market) was a disappointment. Nice soft roll but the bacon while generous in amount was kind of bland and the texture seems more processed than i remember. I stopped also at the Blue Chip truck at City Hall and got the special hot dog and french fries (gravy always free). FF and gravy was marvelous as always but the hot dog was mediocre and wished I'd saved room for one of the carts further up University. Dinner was a Mothers Dumplings (Huron and Spadina) and this was a treat. I had Xiao long biao, scallion pancake and these were so good I ordered an order of boiled shrimp, egg chive and pork dumplings though i was already quite full. Its so nice to have the dumplings made to order with housemade wrappers. I think this place compares favorably to dumpling houses in Taipei and Busan (though not quite that good) and better than anything I've had in the US. Tried a couple of places the next day on Baldwin: Bocce for fettucine with lamb ragu and Matahari Grill for sea bass siracha and mango sorbet with fruit. Both places were fine but not special. That said, the abundance and diversity of good places on Baldwin is impressive. Based on reports here I tried the first Tiny Toms retail store on Woodbine at Dension, which opened last Monday. It was definitely a nostalgic taste of childhood spent at the CNE and lived up to those memories. The dozen bags are $3.50 but there are two for one coupons available online. Also, two new flavors since I was young: Chocolate sugar and apple cinnamon sugar but i'm still a sucker for plain icing sugar melting into the fresh hot fat coated morsels. Lastly Takebashi is a noodle place in Richmond Hill (Highway 7) that is servicable but tries to do too many things. One real ramen place (think Tampopo) would be terrific but haven't found this outside of Asia. Nice to see the pan-Asian diversity in these malls now with Korean, Vietnamese, and Northern Chinese places augmenting the wonderful Cantonese restaurants here. Overall good eating and I always feel blessed to visit your fair city.

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