I admit that I’ve been a big foodie since I graduated. I only started aggressively blogging about food and restaurants since the start of 2016. I have worked around the Markham and Richmond Hill areas for 10+ years. Throughout the years, I have sampled many cuisines from many of the restaurants in the area and have even helped organize corporate food events.
During some days of the work week, my colleagues and I may have only 1 hour available for lunch. Most of the time, it is really good to get out of the office and enjoy great food to refresh the mind and spirit.
Here are my recommendations for quick – but good – lunches in the area depending on the type of cuisine you are craving for.
Restaurant #1: Pho 88
Cuisine Type: Vietnamese
Reasons: Though this location is in Scarborough, it is close enough to the York Region border that those who work in Markham can access it easily. Once you get a table, the pho dishes come out really fast (like within five minutes). The restaurant is styled like a cafeteria and you get seats pretty quickly. Fast and good food, consistent taste, and fast service with no nonsense. I used to eat only bun (vermicelli) dishes, but their restaurant had such great pho it converted me and I never went back. My favourite dish is the Satay Pho above.
Restaurant #2: Mei Nung Beef Noodle House
Cuisine Type: Taiwanese
Reasons: If you want to taste Taiwan, these is the closest thing. This restaurant is famous for their beef noodle soups and stinky tofu side dish. The dishes normally come out quickly. Beware of the clothing you wear into the restaurant because the stinky tofu smell can stay on you.
Restaurant #3: Northern Dumpling Kitchen
Cuisine Type: Northern Chinese
Reasons: This place offers great tasting dumplings and other northern Chinese cuisine for very reasonable prices. My friends and I really like their steamed, boiled, and fried dumplings along with the shredded pork cold dish. I personally think that their xiao long bao is the best in Toronto. Their service speed is good for a fast lunch.
Restaurant #4: Phoenix Restaurant
Cuisine Type: Hong Kong Style Cafe
Reasons: Even though there are three locations, this location has more space for seating and parking. They have a large menu when it comes to HK-style foods. Their meals are very consistent with each visit. The pricing isn’t too expensive and you will definitely leave feeling full. Their dishes come out very quickly (within 5-10 minutes). My favourite dish is the Fried Pork Chop with Maggi Sauce on Rice.
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The York Region is home to many amazing dishes! When the Markham Food team asked me to write an article featuring my favourite dishes in Richmond Hill & Markham, I happily agreed.
Here are my five top dishes in Markham and Richmond Hill to get your appetite going:
Smash Benedict at Smash Kitchen (Unionville, Markham)
2 poached eggs, pulled pork, gravy, 4 cheese blend, English muffin, sm’hash browns
The brunch of champions! The combination of the ingredients was perfect.
Popcorn Chicken at Mama Bear Taiwanese Cuisine (Richmond Hill)
Mama Bear is one of my favourite places for popcorn chicken. Crispy, juicy and tender. It wasn’t salty and it has distinct taste of herbs that differentiate it from other popcorn chicken I’ve tried.
Honey Garlic Oysters at Fishman Wharf Seafood (Markham)
Huge oysters in honey garlic! A friend said to go with the Salted Egg Yolk version for next time.
Green Tea Wizard (Green Tea Snow Ice) at Cha Me. Cha (Unionville, Markham)
With Grass Jelly, Red Bean, Tapioca, Condensed Milk
Green tea lovers will rejoice with this popular shaved ice dessert at Cha Me. Cha.
Deep Fried King Oyster Mushroom – ZenQ (Unionville, Markham)
Best fried mushroom I’ve had. Mushroom is juicy and tasty, and not overly salty nor oily.
I hope this post inspired you to try some of my favourite dishes in Markham and Richmond Hill! Let me know if you have any questions.
Whenever I want to have Taiwanese food, I’ll stay in the uptown area. There are a lot of Taiwanese restaurants to pick from, but among all, the following five are my favourite and each of them has something that I like in particular.
Mama Bear is famous for their stinky tofu, but my favourite dish there is the sticky rice. The taste and texture are both great. Since sticky rice is quite filling, I usually share it with friends so we can try more dishes.
I think the Ten Ren at Hwy 7 & Times Ave. serves the best bubble tea in town. The tea they use is really different from other bubble tea shops. And among all savoury dishes, I like their Taiwanese sausage & minced pork rice the most. They use a lot of ingredients in this dish, making it very colourful. For some people, one order of this is enough for two meals or people!
There’s always lineup at Tai Ping Siang during lunch time. They have my favourite Taiwanese bento set in town. Their popcorn chicken is irresistible and I love that they have a lot of side dish choices. And again, their portions are quite big too, so it’s good enough for two meals when I’m not in my super hungry mode.
Though they don’t make the best drinks, I sometimes go to Green Grotto with friends because they have a lot of magazines. Green Grotto is a great place to hang out and chat with your friends. Most Taiwanese snacks are deep-fried, so sometimes we’ll have the “marinated platter”, which has beef tripe, dried tofu, and egg. Compared to other tapas there, it’s really a healthier option.
I’m happy that they opened a new location at Pacific Mall because it’s way more convenient for me to enjoy their bentos now! I think their food quality is above average and consistent. There is no particular dish that I really love, but I find that my friends and I always order the same deep fried shrimp when we eat there. They use breadcrumb batter instead of tempura batter, so it’s not the type of thick batter with tiny shrimps. I also like the sauce they use – it’s the highlight of this dish!