He says, “Eating at the bar at Suika with corny Japanese TV show on. Similar to Ultraman or Power Rangers.”
For some inane, inexplicable reason, I have chosen First Markham Place (FMP) as “the plaza where we will try everything”. It’s not the plaza next door (Times Square) but not too far further. So far, we have been to Mei Nung Beef Noodle for Taiwanese noodles and two other restaurants at FMP. It would take a while considering there are at least 20 restaurants to try. (I would also like to try more restaurants at Peachtree Plaza but that’s even farther along Highway 7 at Kennedy!)
A few weeks ago, we tried Din Tai Fung in the plaza which even my well-traveled Vancouver cousin wanted to try. It bears the same name in English and Chinese as the global Taiwanese dumpling chain but it’s not listed on their website. They also have a different menu from the one we ordered off in Seattle. It was not too bad a dinner and the place was hopping.
We drove to FMP looking for a Hong Kong style cafe since Lil Sis also wants to find the “best one” in Toronto. Since Kenny’s Delight looked dead when we walked by, we went for Vietnamese instead and while looking for alternates, I paused when I saw the very familiar characters for Hui Lau Shan (許留山), the Hong Kong mango chain we came to adore. The English name, however, was Tracy Dessert and while mango desserts and other traditional Chinese desserts were on the menu, there was an even greater selection of hot food which Hong Kong HLS does not offer. We ordered a mango pomelo dessert with ice cream and tapioca cream and traditional double-boiled egg. This Markham Hui Lau Shan is also no not on the HLS website!
After this summer of learning of fake Apple and IKEA stores in China, we had a good laugh about visiting whole fake restaurants. Since these two restaurants are clearly not replicas of the original restaurants, they are merely practicing in a long tradition of capitalizing on the good name of an overseas brand!
* NPY’s Picture of the Day. While I’m in Toronto and he is in Vancouver, 3400km away, we will try to share with each other (and consequently this blog) pictures that capture our day.