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Warning on a couple of horrible tasting products!

What a day!

I went grocery shopping at both T&T ( Warden/Steeles location ) and Metro this morning. Bought two 'never tried before' products which ended up to be absolutely HORRIBLE!

At T&T, after noticing quite a few customers lining up at the Dim Sum counter to get Har Gow ( steamed shrimp dumpling ), out of curiosty, I followed suit and bought some! What a big mistake! The Har Gow must be one of the worst in town! Supposedly with paper thin and translucent skin wrapper, this T&T products has skin the thickness of perogy!! The shrimp filling was mushy instead of crunchy with loads of corn starch fillers. A totally unappealing tasting experience!!

Next, I made my way to Metro for some western groceries. There, I noticed some nicely packaged 'Irresistable Brand' Proscuitto. Man! This product was even worse than the previous one! One taste of this ham and I nearly threw up!! It must be the saltiest Proscuitto I have ever eaten! In my mouth, whilst chewing, I could actually bite into 'grains of salt'!! A closer look at the ham slices revealed every surface was scattered and covered with fine grains of them! Never have I seen salt cured products like this in my life!! 'Irresistable'!! - My foot!!

Just like that, $10 down the drain!!

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  1. Thanks for the heads up! I'm always tempted by the dimsum at T&T but now I'm glad I never bothered.

    However, I did buy some "Double Happiness Mochi" on sale in the frozen section at T&T - big thumbs down. They have that strange medicinal herb smell that I can't quite place.

    And I also tried the Asian Delight beef samosas (again on sale in the frozen section) at Loblaws. Just plain salty, with highly processed mystery filling. I was just at a get-together where someone brought some samosas from Little India. They said they were made in-house and then frozen for home baking, but I never got the name of the place. That's what I get for shopping on an empty stomach!

    1. Unfortunately, I've always been disappointed in T&T's bakery and ready-to-eat hot foods. The items look appetizing but don't live up to their appearance...

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      1. re: ibbileyta

        Charles, long may you live - and eat. It's a pleasure and a comfort having you run interference for me on questionable food products. Your snappy assessment of T&T's har gow and Metro's Irresistable proscuitto is one of the most entertaining disembowelments of dreary foods on supermarket shelves that I've read recently. Agreed, It cost you $10, but look on the bright side - you saved me $10. And countless others, I'm sure.

        1. re: juno

          The disappointing state of T&T's ready made food is no secret. We tried it once a few years ago and never again! Because of how bad that food is, my wife won't even go in the store. The strange thing is you see all these Chinese people buying that stuff and think it must be good, then after buying it and rushing home to eat it, you will wonder why you even bought it.

          1. re: juno

            Hi Juno! You're most welcome! Afterall, its 'Thanksgiving'!!

            1. re: juno

              damn, that was just funny.....you brought a smile to my face and for that I thank you

            2. re: ibbileyta

              I agree about the ready-to-eat hot foods, but there are some goodies to be found in the bakery section. I am partial to the coconut bread and taro bread. I know they are unhealthy, but very tasty!

              1. re: LTL

                Oh Charles, been there and done that! I couldn't agree more about T&Ts dim sum items. They're all lukewarm, mushy and terrible. You can just taste the low quality ingredients in them. I've also tried a dim sum dumpling assortment that was prepackaged. Not one item was good, and all featured an odd unchewable bit or two per dumpling. I've tried a prosciutto product from Loblaws that was identical to your description. It has temporarily turned me right off of prosciutto and serrano hams, although I'd probably make an exception for a top notch authentic version, just for comparison.

                I haven't had a single prepared item from T&T that was excellent and I've tried a few salads from the northern Chinese options, the sushi and sashimi and dim sum offerings. I bought tea eggs once and they tasted old. I'd stick to ingredients from T&T and do all the preparing of food myself in my own kitchen, personally. I've had no problem with anything else there, except a frozen octopus that didn't smell or taste great once defrosted and cooked.

                1. re: 1sweetpea

                  Hello 1sweetpea. The Loblaw's 'Presidential Choice' Prosciutto and Serrano ham though mediocre at best was still 'way better' than its Metro counterpart. Besides being less salty it doesn't 'stink' like the Metro version.
                  As for T&T, surprise as it may, but there's 'one' prepared food item that I actually like! Its those $3.50 a pack 'sea snails/whelks in sweet and spicy Korean hot chili sauce' in the sushi section. Nicely marinated, chewy and addictive! Nice snack!

                  1. re: Charles Yu

                    I second Charles on the Spicy snails.....Nice with a Cold Beer....but be prepard for the miniscule portions.....I normally have to buy 2 of them......

                2. re: LTL

                  The Egg Bread is excellent, as well.
                  Better than Challah

                  1. re: LTL

                    I tried their Meat assortiment. So disappointing, But I fully agree with you about the coconut and taro breads, I am a fan of their cream puffs.

                3. Can't understand the scramble for T&T dimsum, especially when there's no shortage of the real deal here in Mississauga or the east end. Convenience doesn't trump the generally crappy quality.

                  The take-home lesson on proscuitto is never buy pre-sliced. Same goes for any salumi.

                  1. 2 comments =-=- T&T simply to shop carefull, the simple ready food counter has lost any lustre, only product always appreciated has lost it's minitive glow in time, the spicy tofu has no heat and less and less and less chile flakes, I think it is time to call the dish extra spicy tofu = - once there is no taste or trace of heat ------ Metro, dead in the water, products under the corporate banner best 99.9999% best avoided, seems to me that the products are never researched for taste and quality, but rather simply bought at the least cost to sell at retail, a very big Ugh to the Metro line!!!

                    1. Give the ham back for a refund, even without a bill. It should not be a problem.

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                      1. re: bigpestle

                        I grabbed a meal from the ready cooked section and binned it after 3 bites.
                        I can eat anything, but not that.

                        1. re: bigpestle

                          Sorry! Too late! Threw them away on the same day!!!

                          1. re: bigpestle

                            Only refund I ever made at either Metro or Loblaws were their ' frozen wild blueberries'. They are so big in size and 'white' inside that they must be the 'cultivated' kind and not the small and purple interior wild ones! To get the sweeter, smaller 'wild' ones one has to buy the more expensive 'organic wild' ones. Wonder if this constitute ' misleading and/or false labelling'??!!