Yummy Yummy Kitchen - Re-discovery of a Chowhound Hall-Of-Famer
The last reference I can find to its existence was in 2002 – subsequent posts (including one this year) merely lament the loss of the Yummy Yummy Kitchen truck (which used to park outside 1 Edward street). I used to work at Atrium On Bay and this was my “go-to” place for lunch. But its appearance had been interrupted by several breakdowns/absences, and I didn’t have any method of contact so it slowly slipped from my memory. One of the quirky things was that, on the street side, the sign said ‘French Fries’ – the ‘Yummy Yummy Kitchen’ sign was ONLY on the road side, and not visible to customers.
But I never lost my taste for their Singapore Noodles – still (for me) the benchmark (at least in Toronto). Cooked when ordered – so you always had two line-ups - one to order, and one to receive the food.
Then recently, I arranged to pick-up AmuseGirl at Dupont subway stop. As she jumped (sorry, alighted gently) into the aging (1994) but still functional transportation, she yelled “Follow That Truck!” I politely requested that she put on her seatbelt, but then she added – “I think it’s the Yummy Yummy Kitchen”. Leaping into action, as is my wont (or more recently want), I hurtled (?!) along Dupont in pursuit of the receding van (literary license – it was already out of sight as Dupont curves just west of Spadina). So I was chasing a vehicle I hadn’t seen which, to me, seemed like a distinct disadvantage.
In the movies, car chases seem so easy! On a busy, curving road with cars parked both sides and traffic both ways (and of course, this is Toronto, so not forgetting road-works), this is a more difficult pursuit. Plus, there is the small point of how one gets a truck to pull over when there’s nowhere to pull alongside. I’m pretty sure if someone pulled alongside me, and motioned me to stop, that would be the last thing I’d do!
Fortunately, I was following the wrong truck, which became clear to AmuseGirl when I turned off to follow it North, while she had assumed I was following a completely different vehicle. NOTE TO SELF: Don’t ‘follow-that-car’ until you get a complete description of exactly WHICH car to follow – somehow the movies don’t seem to have that problem.
But the Chowgods were smiling on me that night (in several ways – the restaurant we were originally heading to was excellent – different post to follow on Nataraj), as the ‘real’ target had stopped to refuel, right where I had turned off, so while sitting at the lights (after the U-turn) it was quietly waiting for us.
Approaching someone while they are re-fuelling is still not a ‘normal’ activity – but far easier than (attempting to) pull someone over. And indeed this was the ‘reincarnated – that’s not the right word, but I can’t find one for “assuming another identity but replacing it with the lost identity” Yummy Yummy Kitchen.
I don’t have all the details, but another ‘original’ food truck was/is ‘Wokking on Wheels’ – known to generations of U of T students. This has been around for at least as long as the ‘original’ Yummy Yummy Kitchen. Subsequently (time unknown) the ‘Yummy Yummy guy’ (who AmuseGirl had recognised driving the truck) had taken over the ‘Wokking On Wheels’ franchise (?) and replaced the menu with the original Yummy menu.
So, Yummy is back – identified as Wokking on Wheels, and situated outside the Robarts Library on St George, just north of Harbord (and South of Bloor). The Singapore Noodles (served with pork, but also available with beef) now cost $6.50 (all-in) – up from the $4.00 of 10 years ago – but the portions are huge – will serve two (unless one is satisfying a 10-year-old craving). Previously the noodle dishes were better than the rice dishes, but it will take several more visits to re-confirm that. And I don’t know what the opening times are (use to be ‘flexible’). Typically he arrived about 10:30am and left about 4:30pm on Edward St – except we saw him a bit after 6:00 on Dupont, so may stay later now.
NOTE: No traffic rules were broken in research for this post!
estufarian, you deserve post of the year! LOL, what an adventure!!! I could almost picture myself in the back seat cheering you both on.
I'm not familiar with Yummy Yummy but the noodle dish you describe sounds wonderful. I must check it out.
Thank you for a most entertaining read.
That was pretty hilarious. Adventure! Excitement! Good stuff. Makes me (almost) want to go and wander back up St. George for some greasy noodle love...
Great report Estu! And its not far from my work so great for a quick nosh. I'll definitely check it out!