Memorial Day Weekend 2015 in Toronto

May 22, 2015 – May 25, 2015 – I originally went to Toronto to attend a wedding, but I got to see so much more than just that. I found out that the Markham, a city in the Greater Toronto Area, has a huge population of Hong Kong/Chinese and that the HK food there is really good, particularly the HK milk tea at Marathon Cafe and the Hainan chicken rice at Phoenix Restaurant.

I also went on a hunt for the best Portuguese egg custard tarts – from actual Portuguese bakeries, not Chinese bakeries that I’m used to that makes the Chinese version of Portuguese egg tarts. My favorite ended up being the local chain Nova Era Bakery. The crispy caramelized edges were the deciding factor.

I had to eat at a few of the famous hipster places, first being Khao San Road, known for its Thai food, which I actually wasn’t too impressed with, and twice at Momofuku, first time for their Milk Bar and a second time for their Noodle Bar. The treats at Milk Bar were delicious (and overpriced) and I’d probably do it again the next time I visit. The Noodle Bar was as expected – good but overpriced ramen. That’s how I remembered it being in New York years back, but I had to check out this location too. Banh Mi Boys and Grand Electric were good for what they were – hipster Asian and Mexican fusion restaurants.

Uncle Tetsu opened its first North American branch in Toronto. They specialize in Japanese cheesecake, which is much lighter than New York cheesecake, almost like a souffle. It was worth the 1+ hour wait, I’d say. I also had the mille crepe cake at Millie Creperie. Not too many places make a good one, but this one is a winner, though nothing can seem to beat Lady M in New York and LA.

Overall, it was a fun and filling trip. For the entire weekend I had forgotten what the slight feeling of hunger felt like.

Here’s a list of all the places that I could remember I visited:

Khao San Road
Sense Appeal
Nova Era Bakery
Venezia Bakery
Chinese Traditional Buns
Moonbean Coffee Company
Kensington Market
Cafe Novo
Millie Creperie
Uncle Tetsu
Yummy Korean Restaurant
Tim Horton’s
St. Lawrence Market
Carousel Bakery
Marathon Cafe 馬力雄咖啡店
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Cho Sun Ok 조선옥
Momofuku Milk Bar
Graffiti Alley
Banh Mi Boys
Romeo’s Juice Bar
Roundhouse Park
Lake Ontario
Grand Electric
Trinity Bellwoods Park
Phoenix Restaurant 金鳳餐廳
Doce Minho Pastry and Bakery
Emma’s Country Kitchen
Momofuku Noodle Bar

Khao San Road

Khao San Road

Sense Appeal

Sense Appeal

Sense Appeal

Sense Appeal

Nova Era Bakery

Nova Era Bakery

Venezia Bakery

Venezia Bakery

Chinese Traditional Buns

Chinese Traditional Buns

Chinese Traditional Buns

Chinese Traditional Buns

Chinese Traditional Buns

Chinese Traditional Buns

Chinese Traditional Buns

Chinese Traditional Buns

Moonbean Coffee Company

Moonbean Coffee Company

Cafe Novo

Cafe Novo

Cafe Novo

Cafe Novo

Kensington Market

Kensington Market

Millie Creperie

Millie Creperie

Uncle Tetsu

Uncle Tetsu

Uncle Tetsu

Uncle Tetsu

Uncle Tetsu

Uncle Tetsu

Uncle Tetsu

Uncle Tetsu

Yummy Korean Restaurant

Yummy Korean Restaurant

Tim Horton's

Tim Horton’s

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St. Lawrence Market

St. Lawrence Market

Carousel Bakery

Carousel Bakery

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Marathon Cafe 馬力雄咖啡店

Marathon Cafe 馬力雄咖啡店

Unionville, Ontario

Unionville, Ontario

Cho Sun Ok 조선옥

Cho Sun Ok 조선옥

Momofuku Milk Bar

Momofuku Milk Bar

Momofuku Milk Bar

Momofuku Milk Bar

Graffiti Alley

Graffiti Alley

Banh Mi Boys

Banh Mi Boys

CN Tower

CN Tower

CN Tower

CN Tower

Romeo's Juice Bar

Romeo’s Juice Bar

Roundhouse Park

Roundhouse Park

Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario

Sitting at Trinity Bellwoods Park eating Grand Electric tacos

Sitting at Trinity Bellwoods Park eating Grand Electric tacos

Phoenix Restaurant 金鳳餐廳

Phoenix Restaurant 金鳳餐廳

Doce Minho Pastry and Bakery

Doce Minho Pastry and Bakery

Emma's Country Kitchen

Emma’s Country Kitchen

Emma's Country Kitchen

Emma’s Country Kitchen

Momofuku Noodle Bar

Momofuku Noodle Bar

Jun 3 2015 Category: Canada Earth Greater Toronto

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