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T&T Supermarket - First Visit - Any "Must Trys"?

Breadcrumbs Mar 2, 2013 04:22 AM

I love to shop in Chinatown but don't get there often enough. We've decided to head out to a T&T to pick up some supplies for my COTM cooking.

Unfortunately my time will be tight so I thought I'd check here to see if anyone had tips to share on products/produce/fish etc I should be looking for that I won't readily find elsewhere.

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  1. MissBingBing RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 2, 2013 05:23 AM

    COTM?

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      Breadcrumbs RE: MissBingBing Mar 2, 2013 05:31 AM

      Sorry MBB - COTM = Cookbook of the Month on the Home Cooking Board. This month we're cooking from Fuchsia Dunlop's Every Grain of Rice.

    2. prima RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 2, 2013 05:39 AM

      Charles had mentioned some amazing dark chocolate ice cream bars a while back. I always like walking through the snack and candy aisles. I usually pick up some assorted buns at their bakery.

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        Breadcrumbs RE: prima Mar 5, 2013 05:38 PM

        Thank so much prima. I couldn't find these but I'm wondering if it may be because of the time of year. I've saved this thread though because I had so much fun at T&T we'll definitely be going back.

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        Suechee RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 2, 2013 05:42 AM

        I like to pick up kaffir lime leaves - fresh, in the produce section. They freeze very well, and you can pull out a couple to add to homemade Thai curries for a more authentic flavour than limes alone.

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          Breadcrumbs RE: Suechee Mar 5, 2013 05:40 PM

          Suechee, thanks for this tip. Not only was I able to pick up the lime leaves, I was excited to find fresh curry leaves too!! Thanks so much!

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            Suechee RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 5, 2013 06:19 PM

            mmm - fresh curry leaves! Sounds like I am going to have to make a trip there soon myself as well!

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              Breadcrumbs RE: Suechee Mar 5, 2013 06:20 PM

              I know! I'm so excited! I'm so used to find pkgs of dried leaves where most are just a crumbly mess!!

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          Herne RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 2, 2013 06:05 AM

          Frozen sticky rice from a "bunker" near the baked goods in the one on Cherry Street.

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            Breadcrumbs RE: Herne Mar 5, 2013 05:41 PM

            Thanks Herne, I was at the Scarborough store and didn't see this but have saved the thread and will have a look when I get to the Cherry St store.

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            millygirl RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 2, 2013 08:24 AM

            Very thinly cut slices of frozen raw beef tenderloin. Excellent for pho or stir frys, etc.

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              caitlink RE: millygirl Mar 2, 2013 09:38 AM

              Cooked food is mediocre. But food court does do a sticky rice roll where u pick 2 ingredients ( beef, tendon, fried dough, etc) for $3 that makes a tasty quick lunch.

              It's like a big hot sushi roll stuffed with meat and things. U can get it in white rice or mixed grains.

              If u like malaysian toast, can or jar of kaya.

              Good quality frozen wonton in the dumpling aisle, three for $11, $9 if on sale.

              They now have good quality kalbi similar to galleria.

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                szw RE: caitlink Mar 5, 2013 08:22 AM

                I'd avoid the canned kaya....had one from Yeos that was pretty gross.

                i'd have a stroll through the SE asian section and pick up some packages of malaysian curry sauces. They aren't jarred, they are in packages with spice paste in them. They are pretty decent these days.

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                  Breadcrumbs RE: caitlink Mar 5, 2013 05:50 PM

                  catlink I stocked up on dumplings and picked up 3 pkgs! We didn't get to the food court this time around but will definitely do so on a repeat visit. Thank-you!

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                  Breadcrumbs RE: millygirl Mar 5, 2013 05:43 PM

                  That's such a great tip millygirl. I picked up the beef and, some pork shoulder. I think this is an amazing time-saver for weeknight meals. I would never have looked in the frozen meat section if not for your comment. Thanks!

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                    millygirl RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 7, 2013 09:24 AM

                    Yay, happy you had success Breadcrumbs.

                    Your post has me thinking I need a return visit myself.

                    Cheers

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                  timeo RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 4, 2013 11:18 PM

                  The tofu soybean ice cream. Whoever invented it deserves a medal.

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                    happycamper RE: timeo Mar 5, 2013 10:02 AM

                    Link? Never heard of this. Is there a specific brand you are referring to?

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                      timeo RE: happycamper Mar 5, 2013 10:17 AM

                      Oh my bad. Upon investigation again it was black sesame tofu ice cream. It's made by Kowloon Dairy from Hong Kong and distributed in Canada by King Tower Holdings Ltd.

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                        happycamper RE: timeo Mar 5, 2013 10:25 AM

                        Aha, gotcha. Thank you!

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                          Breadcrumbs RE: timeo Mar 5, 2013 05:52 PM

                          timeo, I'm sorry I missed your post but I'll be sure to put this on my list for my next visit. This sounds outstanding! Thank-you!

                    2. jayt90 RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 5, 2013 05:04 PM

                      Frozen Yamachan ramen with a superb pork based broth, very handy to have at home, for $4.
                      http://rrrater.wpengine.com/2012/12/0...
                      It is in a frozen display near the live lobsters.

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                        Breadcrumbs RE: jayt90 Mar 5, 2013 05:55 PM

                        jay thanks for this and I really appreciate the link & photo, that really helps. I'll put this on my list!

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                          caitlink RE: jayt90 Mar 5, 2013 05:59 PM

                          The yamachan ramen are great. Got it as a tip from charles yu. I stock up when on sale.
                          The frozen beef slices - taste great if u use korean kalbi sauce. Or u roll it with enoki mushrooms like the japanese appetizer.
                          Or use it for your own pho. Pho powder soup base in cans. At the soup base aisle. Won ton powder soup base is good for quick lunches as well.

                        2. Breadcrumbs RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 5, 2013 06:10 PM

                          Thanks so much to all you for sharing your recommendations. I had so much fun shopping here! I found all the ingredients I was looking for and then some!

                          Other items included:

                          Sugar Apples!! Wow, we haven't had these since our trip to Antigua so this was a nice surprise.

                          Pea leaves (fresh)

                          Yellow chives

                          I was blown away by the selection of sauces, oils and tofu and, the super-helpful staff. It's a pity Loblaws didn't take a page from the T&T service book!

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                            26Marushka RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 29, 2013 05:49 AM

                            I think Loblaws owns T & T?! I could be wrong...

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                              Breadcrumbs RE: 26Marushka Mar 29, 2013 05:56 AM

                              They do 26M...that's what I was getting at. I was surprised to get such good service from a Loblaw company. Too bad T&T's best practices weren't incorporated into integration plans.

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                            daeira RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 5, 2013 07:51 PM

                            I'm a bit late, but if you go to T&T again, you must try the thinly sliced spicy pig ear. It's located near the prepared foods section.

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                              Apprentice RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 28, 2013 07:18 AM

                              Can anyone comment on the quality of the dumplings and/or a particular brand I should look out for?

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                                Kellz RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 29, 2013 10:07 AM

                                Won Ton soup bouillon! A must have!

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