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

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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. COTM?

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    1. re: MissBingBing

      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. 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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      1. re: prima

        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.

      2. 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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        1. re: Suechee

          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!

          1. re: Breadcrumbs

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

            1. re: Suechee

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

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

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          1. re: Herne

            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.

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

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            1. re: millygirl

              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.

              1. re: caitlink

                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.

                1. re: caitlink

                  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!

                2. re: millygirl

                  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!

                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                    Yay, happy you had success Breadcrumbs.

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

                    Cheers

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

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                  1. re: timeo

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

                    1. re: happycamper

                      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.

                      1. re: timeo

                        Aha, gotcha. Thank you!

                        1. re: timeo

                          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. 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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                      1. re: jayt90

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

                        1. re: jayt90

                          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. 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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                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

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

                            1. re: 26Marushka

                              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.

                          2. 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.

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

                              1. Won Ton soup bouillon! A must have!