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5 Noodle Spots to Avoid in Markham

September 15, 2015

We’re Janice and Joel from Blunt Food Review and we enjoy eating – we eat out A LOT! The next logical step to this was to start blogging about our gastronomic adventures. We like to keep things short and simple (a.k.a. BS-free), and we know most people do as well when it comes to food; hence Blunt Food Review was born.

Eating in Markham is always a hit-or-miss. With so many noodle choices, it’s easy to walk into a random restaurant and be disappointed. We just wish that we had a list of these ‘misses’ early on, which is why we compiled this list. We hope this will help you on your noodle adventures in Markham!

Niwatei

Niwatei - Chashu Ramen
Bluntly reviewed by Joel

If this isn’t the saddest looking bowl of ramen ever, then I don’t know what sadness is! I ordered the Chashu Ramen at Niwatei within J-Town with high expectations and I have to say that my expectations were crushed. The egg was overcooked, which you can clearly see in the picture. The chashu was not tender and quite hard to chew.  The soup was bland and worst of all, the noodles were overcooked. This was quite simply a mediocre bowl of ramen.

Mei Nung Beef Noodle House

Mei Nung - Beef Noodles
Bluntly reviewed by Janice

Mei Nung Beef Noodle House at First Markham Place has a high Yelp rating so I was excited to give it a try. Unfortunately I was quickly disappointed by my bowl of noodles as I chewed through the tough beef brisket. In addition, the entire restaurant smells heavily of stinky tofu, which doesn’t really go away and seeps into your clothes.

Beef Noodle King

Beef Noodle King - Beef Brisket Noodle
Bluntly reviewed by Janice

Beef Noodle King is a small restaurant slightly hidden behind First Markham Place. I knew I shouldn’t expect too much going into the restaurant when I saw that it was empty at lunch on a Sunday. The beef was surprisingly soft but the soup was bland and noodles were overcooked. The tacky velvet wall décor didn’t help much either.

Deer Garden

Deer Garden - Fish Soup Noodles fixed
Bluntly reviewed by Joel

This is a bowl of Fish Soup Noodles at Deer Garden, which is a favourite amongst noodle aficionados. Unfortunately, my bowl of noodles was quite disappointing. I can sum up the disappointment with one word – bland. The soup was watered down to the point where I could barely taste any fish flavour. I hate to say it, but I’ve had better from Deer Garden and I expect better from them.  Until they can keep up their consistency, I’ll be avoiding this place for now.

Pho Pad Thai

Pho Pad Thai - Pad Thai
Bluntly reviewed by Joel

This is the Pad Thai that I ordered at Pho Pad Thai. Please lower your expectations because they do not serve traditional recipe Vietnamese or Thai food here! I learned my lesson to not order Pad Thai at Viet/Thai combination restaurants following this dinner: when a Pad Thai is red in colour you know that they simply use too much ketchup for the sauce. It ends up not tasting like Pad Thai at all and more like ketchup with noodles!

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Chinese Dinner Out with Markham Food Reviews

My Wonderful Kitchen Review – Out with Markham Food

September 13, 2015

Earlier this year, we were invited by My Wonderful Kitchen to try out some of the dishes on their menu. One of the more popular dishes sold here is their baked bread loaf with your choice of sauce, and spaghetti or rice with a meat topping (which we’ve tried and loved). At this point, we were already fans of the restaurant as we’ve dined there a few times already. The service/staff has always been consistent: fast, friendly, and attentive. We tend to order the same things every time we go, so we used this as an opportunity to venture out of our comfort zone.

Click through the gallery above for photos.

F08 – Thick vermicelli noodle soup with minced pork and preserved vegetables ($6.49)

After trying their (ultra) Spicy Vermicelli Noodle Soup with Beef Intestine & Beef (F09, $6.49), this dish tasted rather bland. There were a lot of noodles, but not enough meat and veggies on top.

Steamed oysters with black bean sauce and garlic

We didn’t know that My Wonderful Kitchen served steamed oysters and were pleasantly surprised when they placed this in front of us. The oysters were delicious! Both toppings were good, but if we had to choose, we’d go with the black bean sauce. We went back the same week to order it again, but they were sold out.

P09 – Stir-fried turnip patties with curry sauce ($6.99)

This was a different take on the traditional Chinese turnip patty dish and we didn’t know what to think of it. It tasted exactly like curried Singapore noodles (minus the noodles). Overall, it wasn’t a bad dish, but we prefer regular stir-fried turnip patties.

Z08 – Sweet & sour fish filet with crispy rice cakes ($11.99)

Crispy rice cakes aren’t what we’d usually order, but this was recommended by our host. Even though they were generous on the sauce, the rice cakes were by no means soggy. It had just the right amount of crispiness that blended well with the soft filet. You can definitely feel the different textures when you take a bite.

P03 – Pan-fried stuffed eggplant, green pepper, and tofu ($7.29)

We order this every time we go out to dim sum, so you can call us “experts” on this one. ; ) This had a lot of black bean sauce compared to other restaurants, which made it a tad salty. This wasn’t entirely bad though, as we ordered it again on a separate visit.

L02 – Fried rice with soft-shell crab, pineapple, and garlic ($12.99)

This is one of our favourite dishes and is a must-have if you’re ever dining here. We’ve tried other variations at other restaurants in the area, but this one takes the cake on both taste and presentation. The chefs are generous on the toppings because every bite has something different in it.

Address: 350 Highway 7 #101, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3N2
Phone Number: (905) 889-1088
Tip: The front entrance and parking is actually at the back, opposite of Hwy 7.

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