Showing posts with label Asian Fusion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Asian Fusion. Show all posts
I wouldn't say that I am a regular but I do eat at the Queen St W's Banh Mi Boys, at least 1-2 times every month. I have come to enjoy their take on the traditional Vietnamese sandwiches, as they have added a fusion flare to the classic banh mi.

I have walked by their second location to their original flagship nearby the Eaton's Center a couple of times. It wasn't until a couple of weeks ago that I went inside to order. They offer the same fare that can be found at the original location, and the layout/concept of the design is same too. The one main difference was that their second location was larger as it can seat more people.


One of my usual orders at their flagship store is the kalbi beef ($6.99) - short ribs, kimchi, asian BBQ sauce, so I ordered one here. The tender and well marinated short ribs tasted so good with the contrasting crunch of the veggies. Like I mentioned in the previous review; it's served on a toasted sandwich with carrots, Japanese pickle cucumbers, cilantro, and sauce.

You can also customize the spice level of your food as follows:

mid (no spice)
medium (sriracha sauce)
spicy (sriracha sauce + fresh cut jalapenos)
extra spicy (fresh cut habaneros)


The five spice pork belly steamed bao ($3.49) hasn't seen an increase in price like the kalbi beef banh mi, so it's still quite cheap. The steamed bun stuffed with a thick slice of fatty pork belly simply does melt in your mouth and the crispy veggies was plentiful.


Banh Mi Boys also offer their take on tacos by adding Asian flavored filling to them from kalbi beef, pulled pork, grilled chicken, squid and tofu. I got the kalbi beef taco ($3.99) - served with purple cabbage slaw, kimchi, pickled carrots and cilantro.

RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall Dining Experience:4/5
Price: $ || Online Menu

Address: 392 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, M5V 2A9  

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Banh Mi Boys [Yonge St]

by on Sunday, June 22, 2014
I wouldn't say that I am a regular but I do eat at the Queen St W's Banh Mi Boys , at least 1-2 times every month. I have come to e...
It has been quite a while since my last visit to Momofuku Noodle Bar, which you can read about it here. However, I was craving for some pork buns and decided to drag my bf along (who has never tried the place). We arrived around 7 pm on a Saturday, and all of the communal tables were taken. Our server informed us that there were two seats available at the bar where customers overlook the kitchen area; which we took as we were pretty hungry.



The menu hasn't really changed much since my last visit, but there were a few new items on the menu. He opted for their signature ramen which was the Momofuku ramen ($15) while I got myself the smoked chicken ramen. The smoked chicken ramen ($14) was decent as its broth was light and there was a lot of menma in the ramen which added some flavor to the dish. However, I was underwhelmed by the lack of noodles. For its price tag, the ramen was not very filling at all if it's just a stand-alone order. Thankfully, I had also ordered two buns dishes on the side which filled me up quite nicely.


  The highlight of the night was definitely the pork buns. The order of pork buns ($10) came in two and dressed in hoisin, scallion and cucumber. The pork buns were delicious and both pieces of pork were juicy and tender as the last time that I ordered them.


While the pork buns remained to be a popular item on the menu; hardly anyone really mentions their chicken buns ($9). Each steamed bun contains a piece of crispy fried chicken topped with bacon, pickled onion aioli, and iceberg. I loved the crispy texture of the chicken skins, and it's a melt in your mouth feeling when you bite it with the soft white buns. 

Address: 190 University Avenue (Ground Floor), Toronto, ON M5H 0A3

Momofuku Noodle Bar [revisited]

by on Friday, February 21, 2014
It has been quite a while since my last visit to Momofuku Noodle Bar, which you can read about it here . However, I was craving for some p...
I went to grab a quick bite at Banh Mi Boys located on Spadina and Queen over the weekend. The restaurant is a small trendy establishment known for their Vietnamese subs. Banh Mi Boys is actually touted as being able to provide a modern take on the traditional banh mi with an Asian twist. They also have a few other Asian-fusion items on their menu including variations of steamed bao, tacos and fries. A friend and I arrived a little after 3:30 pm thinking that the lunch crowd would have subsided. How wrong we were! The place was still packed, with line ups nearing out to the front door. 


One thing that did catch my eyes was the kimchi fries ($5.99). While the idea of mixing fermented sour cabbage with french fries may not sound the most appetizing. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try this rather interesting mixture, and ordered a box of it to share. The portion may look tiny from the picture, but it was enough for two. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised that the combination of fries, kimchi, and pulled pork went well together, and provided an intricate taste.

My friend and I ordered the five spiced pork belly banh mi ($5.99) and kalbi banh mi ($5.99). The subs were cut in half so we had one of each. The pork belly was seasoned nicely and served on a toasted sandwich with carrots, Japanese pickle cucumbers, cilantro, and mayo. My personal favorite has to be the kalbi banh mi, as the marinated sauce that coded the sandwich provided a nice tang to the flavor. I also liked the fact that they didn't skimp out on the kalbi.


I also ordered the five spiced pork belly steamed bao ($3.49). I really enjoyed the combination of the tender pork belly and soft bun, as it created a very interesting contrast of taste. The only thing that I didn't like was that the pork belly was a little too fatty for me but overall it was good.

There wasn't much service as it's pretty much a takeout place. You'd need to line up, ordered your food at the cashier, and then move along down the line to grab your food when it's ready. Overall, I think that Banh Mi Boys is a great place to grab a quick lunch or dinner, and it's very affordable too for what you get.

RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 4.3/5
Service: N/A
Overall Dining Experience:4.3/5
Price: $ || Online Menu

Address: 392 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, M5V 2A9


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Banh Mi Boys

by on Tuesday, March 26, 2013
I went to grab a quick bite at Banh Mi Boys located on Spadina and Queen over the weekend. The restaurant is a small trendy establishment k...
It has been more than a few months since David Chang brought his Momofuku brand to Toronto. I have always wanted to try the place out since it opened but there were other restaurants on my list that I wanted to eat first. About 2 weeks ago, I finally rounded some friends and we decided to have dinner at Momofuku Noodle Bar. 


The Momofuku building is adjacent to the Shangri-La Hotel and the Momofuku Noodle Bar is on the ground floor of the three-story complex. We all arrived at exactly 5:00 pm which was when they opened up for dinner, so the wait wasn't too long at all. Although, the seating wasn't too comfortable as they only have communal wooden tables with racks underneath for jackets/small bags (coat check is also available).


The menu was basically one page so the choices of food items were a little limited. There were only a few ramen options and the most staple items on the menu would be their Momofuku ramen ($15.00). Unfortunately, I wasn't feeling ramen that night so I didn't order it. However, one of my friends who did ordered it thought that it was decent, but that she had much better and cheaper ramen at other places.


One of the most recommended items on the menu would be their pork buns with scallion, cucumber, hoisin sauce, and wrapped in a white bun. The pork buns (2 for $10) did live up to the hype for me, and was definitely a personal favorite of mine. The bun was both chewy and soft. Additionally, the pork was savory, tender and basically melted in my mouth. 


Rice cakes are definitely one of my favorite Asian appetizers so I was very pleased that they offered it on the menu. The roasted rice cakes ($11.00) were cut into small pieces and topped with sesame and garnish. I enjoyed the chewy and crispiness of the rice cakes. Although, the portion was incredibly small for its price.


One of the guys ordered the cauliflower ($7.00) which I also did not try. 


For my main dish, I ordered the chilled spicy noodles ($14.00). The dish consists of cold noodles, sichuan sausage, black bean, and topped with cashews. I was a little underwhelmed with my meal as it was more salty than spicy.


Another friend ordered the hanger steak ($18.00). I tried a piece of the steak and thought that the steak was very tender. He enjoyed his meal though.

Overall, I found that the hype surrounding Momofuku Noodle Bar was pretty overrated. The food was pretty decent, but not super memorable. Momofuku Noodle Bar is however a great place to have a casual meal with friends over some shared dishes and sake. I found the service to be very prompt and the staff was friendly. I'd come back here; mainly for the pork buns.


RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3.5/5
Service: 4/5
Overall Dining Experience: 4/5
Price: $$

Address: 190 University Avenue (Ground Floor), Toronto, ON M5H 0A3

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Momofuku Noodle Bar

by on Friday, March 15, 2013
It has been more than a few months since David Chang brought his Momofuku brand to Toronto. I have always wanted to try the place out since...