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REVIEW: The Keg Steakhouse – Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Looking for a place to eat on a Friday evening?

Try one of the best steakhouses around the GTA.

Check out my review on The Keg Steakhouse

Click here: Yelp, Google Maps, Tripadvisor

#Mississauga #GTA #Steakhouse #meatlover #foodie

REVIEW: GOODFELLAS – Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Italian Food

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Check out my review on Goodfellas

Click here: Yelp,  Google MapsTripadvisor

Very mixed reviews about this particular restaurant. While they succeed in one area, they completely fail in the other.

#Mississauga #Streetsville #Italian #foodie

REVIEW: Chinese Food At Din Tai Fung, Hong Kong, China

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My family visited this branch in Hong Kong after our trip around HK Disney Land. I have heard about this Michelin Star restaurant and their famous Xiao Long Bao. Let me tell you, they do not disappoint.

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Din Tai Fung’s menu is very easy to order from. Small photos of every dish on the menu provide you with an idea what the food will look like. Each dish is translated into four languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English. There is also a legend of small icons that helps describe some dishes such as the type of meat or vegetarian recommended, whether it is spicy, or even if it contains nuts.

What we ordered and why you need to order it:

Xiao Long Bao (Steamed Pork Dumplings). Each tray had 6 pieces so we ordered 3 trays for our party of 6 hungry people. On the table is a small instruction pamphlet that shows the proper method to eat dumplings. After reading the pamphlet, I gave it a go. The broth, the pork, and the wrapping all together is like a firework of flavours exploding in your mouth. Slightly salty and great texture is just the sort of taste you expect from a pork dumpling. After finishing a few pieces I felt like it was a new experience for me because I have been eating dumplings the wrong way this whole time!

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Xiao Long Bao – Steamed Pork Dumplings

Steamed Shrimp and Pork Shao-Mai. It looks like a wrapped flower filled with shrimp. I ate it the same way as the dumpling and the seafood flavours from the shrimp really comes out. That’s because the size of each shrimp is equal to the proportion of the entire Shao-Mai. Nestled at the bottom of each Shao-Mai is a small parcel of steam pork.

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Shrimp And Pork Shao-Mai

Steamed Vegetable And Pork Bun. Inside this dough-filled bun is a mixture of both worlds. I love the combination of veggies and meat so when this showed on the menu I couldn’t resist. Unlike most buns that are dry, this particular dish has a moist texture after every bite.

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Steamed Vegetable And Pork Bun

Fried Rice With Shredded Pork. Sometimes the standard dishes are worth ordering. It’s always tasty when they add some egg to the plate for that extra bit of flavour.

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Fried Rice With Shredded Pork

Sauteed Choy Sum. Crunchy and full of good flavour. I’m not sure the type of cooking they use to stir fry but it is definitely the right kind. Most of all, it’s not swimming in oil nor is it over/under cooked.

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Sauteed Choy Sum

Spicy Vegetable And Pork Wonton. So it might not look like the most delicious looking plate on the menu but don’t judge a book by it’s cover. If you enjoy a little spicy kick to your palette, give this dish a try. Like the Shao-Mai, each piece is cooked inside a thin wrapping. But the difference here is that the sauce on the outside

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Spicy Vegetable And Pork Wonton

For dessert, clear your palette with a cold, fresh serving of Almond Pudding With Fresh Fruit or Sago Soup With Mashed Taro. Nothing is more refreshing than finishing off your meal with either one of these two delicacies.  And just for the experience, we ordered up the Steamed Peach-Shaped Red Bean Bun. Not at all dry, extra chewy outside and soft red bean paste on the inside. Just a wonderful dessert overall.

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Almond Pudding With Fresh Fruit
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Sago Soup With Mashed Taro

What I find most impressive about Din Tai Fung is their fast-paced service. We were a party of 6 eating at peak lunch hour and the food arrived within a good amount of time. Whenever we needed service, we always looked for the floor supervisors and they instructed the servers to follow up quickly.

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Kitchen Staff Creating Masterpieces

Just before we walked out, I couldn’t help but take a quick picture of the kitchen staff hand-pressing all the Shao-Mai and dumplings. It made me appreciate my meal even more. I love Din Tai Fung!

Spicychopsticks.blog

Yes! I have officially upgraded my WordPress plan to a premium account!

My official website is now http://www.spicychopsticks.blog. The site will be down for a few short days and until I figure out the design layout, I should have something up and running in the near future so until then, I sincerely apologize for my website’s renovations.

I want to thank the WordPress community for providing me with support on the world of blogging. It has taken some time to find my way how I wish to express myself and live the life I see ahead of me but somehow I’m getting there.

Most of all, my inspirations and posts are shared with my wife with whom I spend every happy moment with. I thank her for giving me that extra push to start my small world on blogging.

BBQ Chicken Skewers for Father’s Day!

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For Father’s Day, why not heat up the grill and create something fun for that special someone? I have fond memories of my dad grilling. He would talk to me about dad stuff while flipping the meats around. I remember the smell of the flavours, the smoke rising out of the cover, hearing the sizzling and crackling every once and awhile. Grilling makes me smile.

This chicken skewer recipe is simple and makes about 5 skewers. Give it a try!

Ingredients

  • 1 – 2 chicken breasts, about ½ kg
  • Any bbq rub
  • Salt and pepper
  • Any bbq sauce, mix with a little water to lighten.
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 can of pineapple chunks

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken breasts into 1 inch chunks, season with salt and pepper and place into a mixing bowl.
  2. Gently coat your bbq rub into the chicken breasts. Set aside.
  3. Wash bell pepper, core and seed, cut into 1 inch squares.
  4. Peel onion skin then cut into 1 inch squares.
  5. Skewer chicken, bell pepper, onion, pineapple chunks in any order you like.
  6. Heat up the grill to 400F. Lay all skewers flat. Gently brush bbq sauce. Cook for approximately 5 minutes.
  7. Flip skewers and brush bbq sauce onto the other side. Grill for another 5 minutes.
  8. Ready to serve, ready to eat! Just be careful when handling the skewers. It’s super hot!

Happy Father’s Day everyone!

Eating Out – What I Avoid The Most

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For the past few months, since my last post, I have been fortunate to have traveled to a few destinations and eat out a few times at many restaurants. After my trip from overseas, I haven’t had much opportunity to cook from home but I did wind up eating out at several restaurants while my in-laws came to visit.

The hard truth is while I was trying to find healthy choices for meals, I wound up eating a little more carbs than I should have, a lot more salt and fatty foods, and a lot less fruit and vegetables. I don’t feel guilty about it, I mean treating my family out to many restaurants around town always gives me the pleasure of knowing that they are having a good time. After all, when we are out of the house, we can’t cook from home so we only had the option to eat out.

What I discovered is that every meal I ordered, whether dining in or even drive-thru at a fast-food joint, I never ordered any soft drinks. Not once.

Yes it did cost more to purchase bottled water.

Yes it has no flavour compared to a sweetened soft drink.

I did a small calculation in my head that for every meal I had a soft drink with in the past 4 months, I probably could have gained an extra 20 pounds (9 kgs). Perhaps had some other health issues associated with drinking all of that sugar and artificial ingredients. I’m happy to say that after all of the eating out, I had none of the above issues.

If I’m dining out at an asian restaurant, I always order a hot pot of green tea. Besides, this definitely adds to the experience if I drink some herbal tea. Now I’m not saying to go ahead and eat out at any fast food restaurant but the smarter, alternative beverage is to drink water.

Avoid soft drinks at all costs.

 

Chinese Food Is Addictive

I don’t know about all of you but Chinese food is very addictive.

Even on the next day after Chinese New Year, I look towards the leftovers knowing that I can fill my plate with what I still had the night before. There are times when I am simply watching television and this overwhelming urge to drive to the nearest Chinese restaurant will fill my mind. It’s the craving for a Yang Chow fried rice, noodles, and a mixed veggie dish.

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Every spoonful of fried rice is full of small parcels of veggies, meat, and egg. It’s as if it has a small buffet in every bite.

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I like to chew on some noodles every now and then. This plate is the soft noodles but the really good one is the crispy egg noodles otherwise known as Cantonese Chow Mein. That dish you can get stir fried beef or seafood added on top and completely eat it on its own.

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Chinese food wouldn’t be complete without some crispy broccoli with mushrooms. When it’s sautéed with a light corn starch and soya sauce mixture it just makes the entire craving go away.

I can eat it in the morning, day and night. As a light snack or a full meal. It’s so versatile that I can mix it with international foods and use it as a main or side dish. What can I say, I love Chinese food.

A Little Bit Of Time Goes A Long Way

My wife woke up around 2 am this morning. Myself just a couple of hours later.

“This jet lag is getting harder to deal with” I said to her. We laughed a little, shared some posts we saw on Facebook. Talked about what we might do later if we don’t fall asleep.

We decided to grab a little breakfast. As I sat at the table, I watched my wife whip up a cup of coffee for both of us. My favourite beverage of the day. I just sat in my chair watching her, smiling, enjoying the moment. Talking with her, laughing about whatever came across our minds.

It’s the little things that count. A little bit of time with the one I love. Just a little bit of time goes a long way.