girl working at Vietnamese Banh Mi shop
Vietnamese Banh Mi shop

Want to try something new for a change? If you’re sick of the same old fast food that is offered across Toronto, here are some Asian foods that you should try. They’re all delicious and guaranteed to turn you on to new types of food you might not normally eat.

They’re available across Toronto, especially in Scarborough, Chinatown, Markham, and more. We compiled a list of things you should try as well as some locations you can visit to try them at.

Banh Mi sandwich

7Banh Mi

This is the Vietnamese version of a sub sandwich. It is a baguette that has a nice crispy exterior. Ingredients can vary but most of the time it has mayonnaise, liver pate, sliced veggies like carrots, radish, cucumber. Order it spicy or regular. If you get spicy it can burn your tongue, but in a good way. The meat is delicious, which is Vietnamese sausage, pork slices, chicken and a variety of great cold cuts. If you’re on a budget, you could eat this for lunch every day and still love it. The appeal is its great taste, makes a quick meal, and is price cheap at about $2.25 a sandwich across Toronto. Try Nguyenhuong.ca

Pho Special #1

6Pho

Pho is a noodle soup that is perfectly comfortable and delicious at any time. Pho is very popular in Toronto and people from all ethnics backgrounds have come to discover and love the taste. Pho restaurants are located all over Toronto. The beef noodle soup is the best and most famous version of Pho that you should try. There are other varieties of the same Pho which would be like a seafood version. It is a beef broth with usually thin rice noodles. Sliced rare beef, beef balls, tendon, beef brisket. Every Pho restaurant has the hoisin sauce and hot sauce readily available. The soup is served with the noodles and meats. You get a separate plate of veggies you can add to your desire. This includes bean sprouts, lime slices, and mint leaves. You add the veggies and add some hot sauce and hoisin sauce. Stir it up quickly and enjoy it. Visit Pho Hung to try one of the best pho in the city.

cooking your own Korean BBQ

5Korean BBQ

This is a fun and healthy way to eat with friends. Choose from a variety of meats and seafood which you cook yourself in a tabletop grill. The meats are thinly sliced and there is a good variety to barbecue with, including slices of chicken, pork, liver, squid, ribs, beef steak, beef briskets. Kimchi, bean sprouts, and a few other pickled veggies are included. Here is a link to Seoul House Restaurant, one of the best Korean BBQ restaurants in Toronto.

seafood congee

4Congee

Congee is a thick rice porridge that has been boiled to a soupy texture, added is pieces of delightful tasting seafood, meats, eggs. Order it any way you like. It is the perfect food for colder days and good as a healing food. Most congee restaurants have a full menu of Chinese food to order with your congee. Congee Queen is one of the most popular and best places to get congee. We recommend you get the seafood congee or Congee Queen special. Also, order the fried dough fritters which go perfectly with congee.  A link to Congee Queen, they just keep on growing.

 

lechon or roasted pig
Lechon or roasted pig

3Lechon

Roasted Pig Lechon is a slow-roasted pig, that is cooked until the skin is crunchy. The pork meat is soft, there is a layer of fat, and then the crispy skin. I’m sure it’s not good for the heart, but then again everything that is delicious isn’t either. So if you feel guilty about eating this, you could always burn it off at the gym. It is a favourite for parties where the whole pig is roasted. Lechon is available in many countries, not just Asian ones. There are many styles and names for lechon, but this lechon is available in many Filipino stores. Order one for your next party and watch everyone love you for it.  Here is a link where you can order lechon, Hong Fatt BQQ (The name should say it all.)

 

Fried Bangus or milkfish
Fried Bangus or milkfish

2Bangus Fish or Milk Fish

This is a simple Filipino favourite. Eating fish can be a great or bad experience depending on what kind of fish you’re eating and how it’s prepared. Lucky for you, the bangus fish tastes great especially when fried. The meat is soft and tasty and fried to a golden color with crispy skin. The unique thing about bangus fish is that is has a center of rich fat that serves as your prize for finishing the fish. You can even buy it at your local Asian supermarket or store and cook it yourself – as it comes in a pre-marinated package, all you would need to do is fry it like you would fry an egg. You should be able to order it at FV Foods, Filipino store. Or you can buy most Asian supermarkets.

clams in black-bean sauce
clams in black-bean sauce

1Fried Clams in Black Bean Sauce

I hate eating mussels, oysters, and even clams because they are kind of gross to me. But I love eating fried clams in black bean sauce. The black bean sauce is an amazing sauce that gives any food a nice rich kick in flavor. The best way to eat it is to dip each clam in a bit of hot sauce and enjoy. We usually order the small baby clams which are not too large to eat at one time. Eating larger clams can give you a gagging experience. This is the most adventurous dish for those who want to stay on the safe side of dining. This is available in most Chinese restaurants including the congee places listed above. Also, try the fried lobster in black bean sauce.  You might like Hua Sang Seafood Restaurant