Chongqing style noodles are a type of noodles that originated in Chongqing, China, which are collectively called xiǎomiàn, or "little noodles" in English. It's now very popular throughout Asia, and in recent years has made its way to North America. One chain serving Chongqing style noodles in the GTA is Hey Noodles, which opened its first location back in 2015. They now have a few locations on hand, and recently opened another one in Richmond Hill, ON. A couple of weeks back, I was invited to check out their North York location for dinner with a few foodies and bloggers. I have been to the Chinatown location, and found the one in North York to be smaller in size with only a handful of seats. However, it still has the same homey feel to it and great for dinner with friends. 

Additionally, Hey Noodles is definitely expanding its brand as they will be opening up a 5th location in Markham in a month's time. They will also be opening up in Mississauga sometime next year as well (date is TBA). 



Tofu Skin ($4.99) 


Another appetizer that I liked was the Seaweed ($4.99), which had a nice spicy flavor to it. 


The portion of Quail Eggs ($4.99) was quite good, and I enjoyed it. I added a few of the eggs to my broth as an extra topping. 


I also got an order of Popcorn Chicken ($4.99), which I did not like. I found the chicken to be quite bland and a little overly fried. I would not get this again. 


I like the idea of customization, so I chose the create my own bowl option instead of one of the pre-created bowls. I opted for the Szechuan Style Beef Brisket ($13.99). This dish allowed me to choose the softness of my noodles, soup level, spice level, and numbness level. You can also add extra toppings like peanut, sesame and sesame paste, all free of charge.

My noodles dish arrived pretty quickly within a 10 minutes wait (despite our large group order). Please note that Hey Noodles does take their spice levels very seriously, and even the "regular spicy" was pretty spicy already. If you cannot tolerate eating spicy broth, then I'd recommend going for mild and no numb. In regards to my bowl of noodles, I liked that it came with an abundant amount of tender beef, and the noodle texture had a nice bounce to them. I would get this same noodles dish again!


Overall, dinner was good, and the Hey Noodles chain is also very budget friendly. I believe that most noodle dishes were under $15, and you can also request free (unlimited) refills on the noodles. If you're looking for affordable eats, then definitely give Hey Noodles a try. As they also have a new afternoon tea combo every Monday to Friday from 2:30 pm to 5 pm. Check them out =)

Thank you to Devon for the invitation and Hey Noodles for the hospitality.


Address: 5306 Yonge St, North York, ON, M2N 5P9

Hey Noodles North York

by on Thursday, December 20, 2018
Chongqing style noodles are a type of noodles that originated in Chongqing, China, which are collectively called xiǎomiàn, or "little ...
I didn't know Lobster Suppers existed until my first visit to the island back in 2016. New Glasgow Lobster Suppers opened its doors in 1958, and has since become a popular tourist destination in New Glasgow, PEI. Upon arrival, you are asked to decide your entree & purchase your meal order before being seated. Gratuities are not included in the price of your meal, so if you're pleased with the meal and service, tip your server (in cash) before leaving. 

We started off the meal with a basket of homemade rolls and bread. The bread was to my liking - super fluffy. The salad on the other hand has been a hit/miss. 


All meals are served to you at your table and include unlimited appetizers, freshly steamed Cultivated Island Blue Mussels, non-alcoholic beverages and desserts. Appetizers available are salad sampler plate, coleslaw, PEI potato salad, garden salad, seafood chowder and tomato basil soup. 



Included in the meal is a bucket of Steamed Island Blue Mussels, which is completely refillable. Most restaurants charge $12+ for a single bucket of mussels, so this was a great deal to me. We finished 2 buckets. 


We both opted for the lobster entree, I got 1 pound ($36.95) and J got 1.5 pounds ($43.95). The lobster wasn't anything special, as it was just steamed with a side of melted butter. I appreciated the lobster being pre-cracked, so it made eating it much easier. 



We had our first meal here in 2016.


Ended the night off with the Coconut Cream Pie and a cup of coffee. 


J got the Pumpkin Pie (seasonal) with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.


Given the high prices of eating out in Charlottetown, I'd say that the price paid here (per person) was pretty good in value. Some people would probably group this place as a "tourist trap", which I can understand why as it's now on most lists of top things to do in PEI. However, it's a good deal for what you get. 



One of Toronto's highly anticipated events took place on Sunday, Oct 14, 2018. The third annual 2018 Toronto Catering Showcase presented by EventSource.ca was held at the state-of-the-art The Globe and Mail Centre, and it was a grand success! Over 500 food enthusiasts came together to enjoy an afternoon of delicious cuisine and bottomless drinks.



Upon entering the venue, guests were greeted by the grandeur designed by Ashley Pigott Events. The carefully curated room was filled with an abundance of wedding and event inspirations to all. One of the main events of the evening was the indulgence of culinary delights prepared by 12 of Toronto's notable and trend setting culinary caterers. That did not disappoint, as there were a variety of signature dishes, refreshing beverages and dainty yet delicate desserts.  

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This year's event relocated to a new venue at The Globe and Mail Centre. The venue itself was refined, and had a spacious balcony lounge where guests were greeted with a lovely view of the city's sleek skyline. Like previous year events, this one was well-organized and each booth had enough designated space between them for guests to grab food comfortably. Additionally, the modern event space was given a more refreshed look with comfy leather couches and stand-tables giving guests more options for seating.


The event was ideal for those looking for caterers for their next event such as weddings and parties, corporate planners or your everyday culinary connoisseurs. Each caterer prepared about two to three different dishes and desserts, where guests were able to sample each delectable culinary dish. All of the caterers at the show offer personalized culinary experiences and most do draw inspiration from global or current food trends. Tickets were priced at $65 per person giving each guest an all-inclusive pass giving a complete access to an afternoon of pure epicurean indulgence – no food tickets, no drink tickets, no other charges.

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The Toronto Catering Showcase allowed guests to enjoy an afternoon of pure epicurean indulgence. Besides the delicious dishes, the event also featured local wines by sommelier from Peller Estates, and a wide selection of craft beer provided by Brunswick Bierworks. Overall, the event was the perfect opportunity to scope out potential caterers for an upcoming event or wedding. However, it wasn't limited to those looking for event planning, Toronto Catering Showcase was fun for couples, families, and everyday culinary connoisseurs.

Please enjoy the food pictures from this year's Toronto Catering Showcase 2018 below. For more pictures of the fun, please check out the hashtag #TOCateringShow on Instagram and Twitter.

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Cod From Away - Fogo Island cod, passionfruit brown butter emulsion, Jerusalem artichoke black malt, BC spot prawn 


Mini Ginger Chocolate Cookie Dough Cones 
 


Eatertainment

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Spicy Beef and Nori Crab Salad Cone 


Torched Mini Meal - halibut, escabeche with black bean puree, roasted peppers 



elle cuisine

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Duck Confit with Chanterelle Truffle Risotto - rissoto cooked in a wushroom and truffle broth sauteed chanterelle with thyme and butter with a rich duck, jus and chervil cress 


Encore Catering

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Truffle Mac & Cheese Croquette 


Spiced Apple Tarts


en Ville Event Design and Catering

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Open Face Veda Pav malasa dusted naan crisp, green chutney 


Trout with Acorn Squash Puree - crunchy snow pea silvers 


Food Dudes

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Fall Chopped Salad -  purple modular kale, vegetables. cranberry goat cheese spread, smoked squash, caramelized apples, maple walnuts, pumpkin seeds 




Fried Chicken Bao -  pimento cheese, bacon-onion jam, banh mi slaw, pickled jalepeno, steam bun



Kiss the Cook Catering

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Vepro-Kmedlo-Zelo - pork roast, sauerkraut, dumpling, plum chutney


Smazeny Syr - fried cheese, deconstructed tartar sauce, mini brioche


Svestkove Knedliky - fruit dumplings, brown butter, brown sugar, cottage cheese


Oliver & Bonacini

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Symphony of Soil - heirloom carrots, cauliflower, radish, beets edible soil, green goodness dressing


Presidential Gourmet

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London Fog Bubble Tea earl grey infused bubble tea topped with cotton candy


BBQ Jackfruit olive fingerling potato cake, brussels sprout slaw


Provisions TO

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Oysters -  grapefruit, spruce, habanero 



The Host Fine Indian Cuisine

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Chaat Papri


Samosa


Toben Food By Design

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Handmade Cavatelli bolognese sauce, truffled pecorino 



Roasted Baby Beet Salad samac-tahini yoghurt, fennel, winter citrus, radish, cucumber, watercress, spiced chickpea crumble 


Zeppole mascapone, lemon curd, wild blueerry compote


Love Gelato

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BarChef

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Four Seven Two - bourbon, fresh lemon, cola bitter, mint syrup 

Super Chilled Bourbon and Star Anise Julep - bourbon, maple, lemon and chamomile gel, Madeira, star anise syrup, orange zest, rosemary brunoise 


Brunswick Bierworks


Music by The Guitar Guys, a Toronto-based string ensemble.



It was a great pleasure to be here and taking part in the Toronto Catering Showcase 2018. The event was perfectly executed by EventSource.ca as they took consideration of people's feedback from previous years and implemented changes. Yes, the dishes were sampled-sized, but it was AYCE. So guests were guarantee to leave satisfied and full once the event ended at 4 pm. One of my highly-recommended food events to attend of the year. Until next time!

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Disclaimer: The event provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.


** Pictures by Devon Liu. Visit his Instagram to check out his feed **