Surprising find - Cheap but more than decent Dim Sum snacks at a Chinese Supermarket!
The trend followed by almost all newly opened Chinese Supermarket nowadays, is the inclusion of a vast area inside the premise, devoted specially to cooked prepared foods, Dim Sums, Cantonese BBQ meats and sushis...etc. Quality, in general, is below par and not worth our foodie palette's consideration!
Today, for some of my weekly Chinese grocery shopping, I decided to visit ' Bestco Fresh Foodmart', a relatively new and huge Chinese Supermarket inside Scarborough's Chartwell Plaza.on Brimley..
Walking past their Dim Sum department, I noticed some very decent looking Dim Sum on view and all at $1.99 each. Out of sheer curiosity and feeling a bit hungry, I decided to try out a few! ( Hack! If by chance, all three of my order are un-palatable, I'm only looking at losing a small amount of money, not even enough for a Big Mac Combo! )
I tried out their Har Gow Shrimp dumplings, Fried Taro Croquettes and Steamed Prawns with Choi Sum rice-roll ( aka Cheung Fun ). The verdict! For that money! Pretty dawn good!!!
First off the Har Gow. As expected, the skin wrapper was pretty thick. But this is Toronto and NOT Hong Kong!! Even high end Chinese restaurants can sometimes fail miserably in this area! However, to my surprise, the wrapper did not break when picked up and the texture was pleasantly chewy. It encased all the juices of the interior prawn filling!. This latter component was a winner! Nicely seasoned, the prawns were juicy, sweet and crunchy! Am I eating Dragon Dynasty product, from across the car park, at half the price??!! $1.99 for 4 morsels! I'm not complaining!!
The 3 fried Taro Croquettes were greaseless. Crunchy shell encasing a mashed taro inner shell which on top houses a delicious but very stingy chive and minced meat filling. Tasty and nice textural interplay. Again, for only $1.99, I can over look the quantity of the filling!!
Lastly, the Steamed rice roll was another revelation. The rice skin wrapper was much thinner than expected. Prawns used in the filling were again pretty fresh and crunchy. This product can easily rub shoulder with some restaurants' offering! Again, at a bargain price of $1,99, its a steal!
Well, having tried some really nasty dim sum products from the likes of Foodie Mart and T&T in the past. Bestco's product was indeed a huge pleasant surprise!!
Have you tried Nations yet at Hwy 7 and Weston in Woodbridge? I'm curious to hear what you think because it has become a staple for our office lunches (also because there are not a ton of good options for a quick, cheap, and delicious lunch in the area). The sushi is better than any other supermarket in the area (and better than many restaurants in the are), but stick with "Salmon town, some of the nigiri as the rolls with the fried shrimp inside are soggy. The BBQ duck and crispy BBQ pork with rice is really good and we have tried a variety of dim sum options which were pretty good, all things considered. I don't often eat off the hot table as a lot of the options are fried, Chinese-Canadian offerings, but the flat rice noodle with beef is decent.
I also noticed that the food in general is not as good (or fresh) around the dinner time as it is at lunch when you see trays and trays coming out of the kitchen.
I don't know what impresses me more about you.
1. Your knowledge of food.
2. Your generosity sharing your discoveries.
3. Your amazing eating prowess.
or 4. Your bravery and intestinal fortitude to try eating packaged, supermarket, and food court food after visiting so many restaurants !
What ever it is, please keep it up !
Hay Guys and Gals! Your compliments are making me 'blush'!!
As for number of meals I eat per day?!! The 'healthy approach' apparently is to eat many meals/snacks of small quantity through out the day, rather than the usual fixed number of 'heavy and full' meals!
I'm following the 'small meals approach' to try to 'live long and prosper'! So, quite a few!!! Hee!! :)
Where is the supermarket? Did it just replace the old supermarket there? If it is, wasn't there a BBQ takeout from the restaurant there? That supermarket wasn't very big if I remember and if they have fresh dim sum I don't see how they have space for it.
I feel sorry for that mall, kind of lacking. The bakery is the only happening thing htere.
Thanks again, Charles. I'm really getting tired of the rubbery har gow and siu mai churned out by the Mississauga T&T.