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Chef’s Plate Review – Meal Kit Delivery in Ontario

November 27, 2015

This post is a little different from what we usually write about because it’s not about a standalone restaurant. BUT.. this service we’re trying out delivers to all of Ontario, including areas in the York Region. Chef’s Plate recently gave us the opportunity to try out two meals: the Roasted Pork Tenderloin and the Coconut Shrimp Chowder.

Chef’s Plate is a service that delivers fresh pre-portioned ingredients right to your door. This saves you the time and energy from grocery shopping or planning meals at the beginning of each week. The ingredients they deliver are fresh, clean (but you should still wash everything first), and all clearly labelled so you know exactly what you’ll be eating.

At $10.95 per plate, the price is reasonable considering the time (and sometimes, stress!) you save from planning and grocery shopping. If you want to try out three free plates (that’s $33!) off your first order, use this link to sign up! If you don’t see the discount, just enter #MarkhamFood (include the symbol) at checkout.

Here’s what we ordered to prepare at the Markham Food household

Coconut Shrimp with Thai-inspired corn chowder

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When we ordered this, we didn’t expect it to be very filling. It’s just a small bowl of soup, right? Looks can be deceiving! We thought this might’ve needed some rice on the side (we’re Asian), but after finishing the last drop, we were stuffed and extremely satisfied. The amount of shrimp and corn definitely helped fill us up. We thought we’d be getting five pieces, but we had nearly 10 each!
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If you’re already a pro in the kitchen, you can make any of the dishes on Chef’s Plate with ease. We’re by no means pro chefs, but the Coconut Shrimp (listed as “hard) was extremely easy for us to make! Maybe it’s because we cook regularly for ourselves anyway, so we’re using to maneuvering around the kitchen. For those who are new to cooking, try their “easy” dishes first and work your way up! 🙂

Roasted Pork Tenderloin over heirloom purple potatoes and figs

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As mentioned earlier, the ingredients are pre-portioned and all packaged separately before they’re delivered to you. We could’t believe that the ingredients above were enough for the both of us, but Chef’s Plate surprised as again! The meat and potatoes definitely were very filling.
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This second meal wasn’t as enjoyable for us because we aren’t fans of the meat cooked with the ground fennel seeds. However, it doesn’t mean that someone else won’t like it! The colours of this make for a pretty fall dish. Wouldn’t you agree?

What’s great about Chef’s Plate is that they send recipe cards with clear instructions and tips on how to prepare the ingredients. (You can kind of see them in the background of our pics on the tablet easel – available here.) We plan on keeping these cards (which are on good quality paper) so that we can make our favourite dishes again in the future!

If you’re interested in trying out three free plates (that’s $33!) for your first order, sign up for Chef’s Plate using this link! If you don’t see the promo automatically applied, just enter #MarkhamFood (include the symbol) at checkout.

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Dinner Lunch Out with Markham Food Reviews Thai

Little Bangkok Thai Cuisine Review – Out with Markham Food

November 19, 2015

We used to drive past Little Bangkok Thai Cuisine all the time, but never ventured into that little plaza. Authentic Thai food is hard to find in Markham, so when we were invited to try some of their dishes out, we were excited! This family-owned restaurant takes pride in their hand-picked ingredients. They believe in serving quality Thai food to give their customers a taste of Thailand in the comfort of their restaurant on Main Street Markham.

This was our first dine-in experience at a true Thai restaurant since our earlier experiences all took place at “fast food style” restaurants. Here’s a look at some of the dishes we had:

Appetizers at Little Bangkok Thai CuisineAppetizer Assortments – A combination of Thai appetizers served for two (2 Chicken Satay, 2 Thai Spring Rolls, 2 Fresh Spring Rolls, 2 Shrimp Rolls, Deep Fried Taro and Mango Salad) ($12.99)

Since it was our first time, this appetizer plate was a great introduction to Thai cuisine. The mix of nutty, sweet, and spicy played very well on our palates. The Mango Salad in particular was our favourite.

Spicy basil mussels, dry curry salmon, and pineapple fried rice - Little Bangkok Thai CuisineTop: Spicy Basil Mussels – Stir-fried fresh mussels with onion, chilies, sweet pepper and Thai basil leaves ($12.99)
Middle: Dry Salmon Curry – Salmon fish, lime leaves and fresh Thai basil leaves cooked in thick red curry paste and coconut cream ($14.99)
Bottom: Fried Rice with Pineapple – Thai style fried rice with tiger prawns, chicken, fresh pineapple, cashew nuts, and egg ($12.99)

We love seafood so we had to try the mussels and salmon. The mussels tasted as expected and were really good (and spicy!). The Dry Salmon Curry was true to its name, but it wasn’t our favourite. The pineapple fried rice however, was surprisingly filling given how small it looks in the photo above. They definitely packed a lot of rice in that little dome.

Thai Iced Tea - Little Bangkok Thai CuisineThai Iced Tea

Can you believe that this was our first time trying Thai Iced Tea? That first sip had us like WOW! We’re big fans of Hong Kong-style milk tea and thought this would taste the same, but the flavour is very distinct. Needless to say, this is going on our list of drinks to order at Thai restaurants.

We hope you’re craving Thai food now because we certainly are. You can find this hidden gem near the GO station on Main Street Markham. They’re located in a little plaza, so there is plenty of free parking.

Address: 227 Main Street Markham North, Markham, ON L3P 1Y6
Phone Number: (905) 471-8818

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Local Events Out with Markham Food

Instameet with Me.n.u Food Truck and Feed My Phone

October 25, 2015
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Behind the scenes at MeNu Food Truck

With over 100 people in attendance at on October 4, this was the biggest food event that the Markham Food team has organized so far! We co-hosted and co-organized this event with Patrick from Feed My Phone to give back to the amazing food community on Instagram and beyond. The crew at Me.n.u Food Truck made this special event happen thanks to their donation of a venue and delicious food. We had 10 sponsors who generously donated their products for our giveaways at the event, so everyone who was still present by the end of the event was able to bring at least one thing home.

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One of the food highlights from this event was the “Decorate Your Own Me.N.U Rice Ball” station. Attendees were able to choose from various sauces and toppings to build their own unique (and delicious) rice ball.

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… and above is our finished rice ball! Check out this pic to see some of the other results from this station. Besides the rice balls, Me.n.u also served kimchi poutine (below) and Nutella green tea crème brûlée (this was too good and we forgot to snap a pic before eating it, but here’s a close-up by one of our followers).

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Special thanks to Daniel from Love Gelato for providing everyone with dessert! Even on a chilly afternoon, our attendees eagerly lined up to get a taste of the gelato. The flavours provided were coffee, hazelnut, pistachio, fig, mango, pear, and lemon. We highly recommend that you guys visit Love Gelato at their store at 75 Main St. North to try even more of their gelato, food, and coffee.

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L-R: Bryan, Alan, Allen, Joe

And of course, the event would not have been possible without the food and venue provided by Me.n.u Food Truck. Check out their website to see where they’ll be next!

Thank you to the following prize sponsors (in alpha-order): 0n_the_bright_side, Bake Code, Bunny Bumm, Chatime Canada, Dim Sum City, Donburi, Duo Patisserie, Inspire Restaurant, Sweven Media, and Wooffles & Cream.

Here are more blog posts covering the event written by our fellow foodie friends:

If you wrote about us on your blog, we’d love to read it. You can email your links to .

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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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Night It Up Review 2015 – Out with Markham Food

September 13, 2015

Our team was invited to Night It Up‘s media tasting on July 25 where we sampled some dishes from a handful of food vendors. Night It Up (NIU) is known to sell snack foods, but boy, we were well fed! By the end of the tasting, we were stuffed with two full-sized bubble teas and a lot of food.

The people behind Night It Up, Power Unit Youth Organization, organizes this annual three-day event to raise money for charity. Last year, they raised $10,000 for UNITY and this year, their beneficiary was the Yellow Brick House. We love that NIU not only gives back to the community, but it brings people together. People from all over the Greater Toronto Area drop by this event every year to join in the fun and eat authentic Asian street food.

In case you missed our coverage on Instagram, below are some photos we took along with mini reviews.

Egg waffle with green tea ice cream and fresh fruits - Night It Up!Egg waffle with green tea ice cream and fresh fruits at Sweety Bird ($6)

We prefer our egg waffles to be light and crispy, but thought this was a bit too thick. This dessert is extremely photogenic though, as it received the most comments and likes of the night!

Crispy taro and potato chips - Night It UpCrispy taro and potato chips at Happy Twist

Watching the vendors create this was really fun. They stick a whole potato into the machine and these chips spin out in one long piece. They spread out some toppings (BBQ, spicy, garlic powder, etc.) on their table for customers to use, but we thought they tasted pretty good plain.

Grass jelly roasted milk tea and wintermelon iced tea - ChatimeGrass jelly roasted milk tea and wintermelon iced tea (both with grass jelly) at Chatime

What can we say? These drinks were greatly appreciated on a smoldering hot day, especially at an event where there is a stove or BBQ every few metres.

Sakura Mochi Milk - Sakura mochi, Sakura milk, leaf powder, & aduki red beanSakura Mochi Milk – Sakura mochi, Sakura milk, leaf powder, & aduki red bean at Kakigori ($8)

We only took a photo of this because it was such a beauty, but it sure looks and sounds delicious!

Deep fried kimchi - MeNu Food TruckDeep fried kimchi at MeNu Food Truck ($5)

This is an awesome concept. We love kimchi and who doesn’t like deep-fried-anything?? We admit – this was a little hard to eat because every bite made the kimchi fall apart, but hey… it was good. ; )

Sharetea Bubble Tea - Night It UpL – Fresh lemon green tea with mixed pearls and aiyu jelly
R- Classic milk tea with mixed pearls and herb jelly at Sharetea ($5)

After downing that first bubble tea, this second one was much appreciated as we were all thirsty from over an hour of snacking on different foods. These cups were huge and very worth the $5 that they charged at NIU.

Green tea ice cream cookie sandwich at Sweets and SavouryGreen tea ice cream cookie sandwich at Sweets and Savoury

This food stand was run by food bloggers Feed My Phone and qqfoodjournal. The cookies were baked using Master Chef Canada candidate, Christopher Siu‘s recipe. Our food tour ended well with this dessert. The flavours weren’t too strong so they didn’t overpower each other and the cookies were soft and chewy.

If you missed Night It Up! this year, stay updated by following them on their social media pages! This event takes place annually in July and only lasts three days, so be sure to mark your calendars. Make sure you go on an empty stomach because they have a LOT of food vendors. We look forward to seeing you there next year!

Address: Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham, Ontario, L3R 9W3
Tip: They don’t offer parking to event goers, but you can find free street parking if you’re early. Otherwise, paid parking is available on some side streets.

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