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Jun 7, 2010 11:14 PM

Lingering Flavour (Kingsway near Joyce) - ever been ?

I was doing midday errands at London Drugs near Joyce when I accidentally let lunch slide (how is that possible ???). The hunger pangs became hard to ignore and I had to get somethin' to eat ASAP. Sure there was Honolulu Cafe, Gold Train Express Pho and a good dozen restaurants on the other side of the road just waiting for my lunch coins. But dammit the CH in me had to try a new and different place. Looked to my right, what's this "Lingering Flavour" business (my schoolgirl giggles of the name took a few mins to fade ....). Hmm, must check out.

Turns out they're a very casual (think commissary) Taiwanese eatery where you order at the counter. High square tables with traditional Chinese/Japanese stools .... hmm maybe they're not so makeshift afterall. I couldn't decide from the two dozen or so choices of rice, noodles, dumplings etc, but eventually Jia Jiang Mein (noodles with fried meat sauce) caught my fancy. It came in a fairly large paper bowl (guess the Royal Doultons were in their dishwasher) filled with steamy noodles topped by a mound of thick, rich brown meat sauce, soy beans and diced firm tofu. Very tasty. Noodles were al dente firm, not quite handmade but close. Julienned cuke, coriander and green onions provided decoration. Very satisfying bowl of JJM, had no hint of MSG.

How come I never been here before ?!? I guess their location is not highly visible unless you are walking into/out of LD.

I will be back.

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  1. I couldn't get past their I have never set foot into the place. Thanks for report.

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    1. re: fmed

      I'm the same as fmed--the name's holding me back from going in, and I've had plenty of chances. But happy to hear something about it.

      1. re: el_lobo_solo

        I plan to go back one more time at least. Their prices are low and I want to see just how Taiwanese they are (I heard Fujian/Taiwanese in the back so that's a good sign of authenticity). A few things I want to try:

        - Pork on rice (肉燥飯 / rou zhao fan)
        - Rice vermicelli (米粉 / mifen)
        - Minced, cubed, or ground fatty pork, stewed in soy sauce and spices, then served on rice (魯肉飯 / lǔròu fàn)

        1. re: LotusRapper

          You heard Fujian in the back? Lotus, could this be a crypto-Fujian place? Please investigate further if you can...

          1. re: grayelf

            Well, it's likely Taiwanese which is based on Fujian.

            Hey I think I know where you're going with that thought [wink], but this venue would definitely NOT able to host an event like that.

            But that got me thinking, some of the bigger Taiwanese bubble tea/restos (ie: Chill,. The One, Pearl House) would be able to logistically, if they have the right chefs or at least the knowledge to cook up Fujian cuisine.

            I will re-investigate.

            1. re: LotusRapper

              if ur heading in that direction, i would suggest delicious(zephyr in the sky). zits is the BBT spot, same owners own Deliciuos next door that does Taiwanese food well. just my .2 cents.

              1. re: betterthanbourdain

                I nominate ZITS for worst (resto) acronym of the year.

                1. re: grayelf

                  Yup you heard it here first on CH. BTW, ZIT's food is very inconsistent. dont bother going. Just stick to Delicious Cuisine..

                  Is Ben stalking the CH post again? hehe... just kidding, Sir.

      2. ahh TOFTT. :-D

        agree with the name. do they serve BBT? perhaps with lingering flavour........

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            1. re: fmed

              I must say I've never really gotten that abbreviation -- where does the other B come from?

              1. re: grayelf

                Texting abbreviations are usually based on key syllables. So BBT comes from BuBble Tea.

                1. re: LotusRapper

                  It could be the phonetic sounds of Bubble Tea in Cantonese (not sure what it is in Mandarin), where the "bubble" part is something along the lines of "Bo Ba."

                  1. re: LotusRapper

                    Aha, that makes sense, since I know absolutely nothing about texting (ask fmed). But I like clutterer's explanation too.

                    1. re: grayelf

                      maybe like in Barbeque - BBQ . or as suggested by cluterer..

                      1. re: betterthanbourdain

                        Ha, you are right, btb -- although I think THAT acronym comes from the (egregious) habit of writing it out thusly: Bar-B-Que.