Cantonese Pork Belly with Grilled Peach Slaw

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Ohhh boy. I made such an INSANE Asian fusion dish, which I swear had angels singing (or crying tears of joy) because it was on a whole ‘nother level! My boyfriend even said it’s up there in his top five dishes of all time!

Five spice pork belly with grilled peach slaw – who would have thought that they’d be crazy good together?  I really, really loved how the warm, slightly salty flavours of the five spice Cantonese pork belly complemented the tangy but sweet Southwestern inspired slaw. The first bite is an explosion of flavour and crunch (did you see that crackling?!) that just works well and tingles your lips at the same time.

What really helped elevate this dish was using local peaches from Niagara, which were SO sweet and juicy. They didn’t have to travel that far like the peaches from the US, and are in season right now in Ontario. This was my first time grilling them and can definitely say their sweetness is brought out even more after being barbecued! It’s perfection tossed together with homegrown cherry tomatoes, shallots, parsley, red pepper and lime juice. I was trying to find a kickass recipe that involved peaches for the Loblaws Share the Food Love contest, and this did not disappoint!

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Ah, pork belly, my second favourite type of meat… with ribeye being the #1. LOVED this so much. The five spice, shaoxing wine, salt, pepper and a touch of soy sauce worked really well. Not to mention it was baked at a low temp, and then put on broil for a few minutes to get that crunchy crackling. I used an interesting technique, placing sea salt on top of the skin so that the skin doesn’t cook while it bakes and allows you to finish the crackling evenly at the end.

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Overall, not complicated to make, and the payoff is huge. The vibrant colors and fresh flavour of this summery dish leaves me feeling bittersweet that summer’s about to end – make this dish ASAP and serve it with salad!

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Fried Chicken + Ube Waffles!?

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We went HAM at Platito.

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Pandesal, longsilog, tapsilog, tocilog and the fried chicken and ube waffles – we ate it all! Overall Platito didn’t disappoint and definitely satisfied our Filipino breakfast craving.

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To start off we had the pandesal with maple butter, which was delish. If you haven’t had pandesal before you need to…ASAP! It’s similar to the sweetness of challah bread, but I love it way more because it’s light and soft! I’m not sure if they make the bread in house but I really loved it!

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My favourite by far though was the tocilog – tocino is sweet cured pork – and I really enjoyed this more than when I had it at Lamesa. Tapsilog (beef) was delicious as well, with a more salty taste than sweet. The Longsilog was my least favourite, I did like how it was made in house, but it was dry. If only it was more juicy! The fried chicken on the other hand was cooked well, was juicy but lacked flavor. I’m not sure if it was brined but it def needed more seasoning! The waffles were good though, fluffy and really tasty.

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Service was great, we had a really friendly waitress and didn’t mind that much that the food took a while to be served to us. Cute spot to sit outside this summer!

Platito

35 Baldwin St

Toronto, ON 

4/5

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Burrata with Heirloom Tomatoes

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Oh man. I love this: burrata with heirloom tomatoes, basil, prosciutto di parma (my FAV) and grilled olive ciabatta bread. It probably took me less than five minutes to put together this masterpiece. The creamy burrata, the sweetness of the tomatoes totally complemented by the light salty prosciutto…I can eat this everyday!! Loved the olive ciabatta bread from Forno Cultura. Delish!

To put this together, just drizzle olive oil over the tomatoes and burrata, scatter basil on it, and sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper. SO GOOD…a great summer dish!

Summer Pasta Dish: Pasta + Tomatoes

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WOW. Who knew that simple ingredients could create an amazing, solid pasta dish?!

Damn, this was so delicious that I couldn’t stop eating. All you need is pasta, some decent olive oil, fresh basil, garlic, really good cherry tomatoes and you’ve got yourself a perfect summer dish!! It’s a good thing I picked up a bunch of cherry tomatoes from the farmer’s market – man it really added nice sweetness, perfectly complemented with the olive oil (infused with garlic). The basil topped off at the end just adds another kick, an extra level that makes this taste so fresh!

It’s also so easy to whip up – you can do this pasta dish in 10 minutes, or even less! And I do love parmigiano cheese but you definitely don’t need it! Trust me, it will drown out the simple flavours.

Love this so much… I’m going to get fat and it’s not even winter yet!

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LAWD. Best Brisket + Ribs!

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Adamson Barbecue
176 Wicksteed Avenue
Toronto, ON M4G 2B6

THE HYPE IS REAL. Do yourself a favour and get your bums over to Adamson Barbecue ASAP. It’s hands down the most legit spot to get your BBQ fix in Toronto. The brisket, ribs and sausage were on another level of quality and flavor that I honestly didn’t feel like I was in Toronto. Don’t even think about hitting up Barque, Electric Mud, Carbon Bar and Aft Kitchen and Bar. Everything pales in comparison. I’ve also been to Slows BBQ (Detroit) and Smoque BBQ (Chicago) – Adamson Barbecue def beats those spots.

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As soon as I stepped in the door, I knew it was going to be good – it smelled HEAVENLY inside! My boyfriend and I got there at 11:15am and there was already a line (so try and get there early). I know other people had trouble parking but it wasn’t bad at all because we just parked at Home Depot and walked over.

We got a meat platter of 1 pound brisket, 1 pound of ribs, two sausages, sides and two pieces of bread. Honestly I was so focused on eating that I didn’t even take photos of the inside of the restaurant, or more angles of food. Pictures really don’t do this justice though. Everything was perfection, from the fall of the bone ribs, to the soft and tender brisket and even the delish bratwurst. LOVED how the ribs and brisket were cooked, they were so damn juicy – really on another level above all the BBQ places I’ve tried. All meats were perfectly seasoned and complimented by a great bbq sauce that had a nice mix of of sweet, spicy and tangy. The coleslaw and beans that we got as sides were amazing as well. If only they had more sides like mac and cheese or cornbread (I’m getting greedy now)!

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To top it off, the service was great and the people working there were very friendly! I do hope the lovely people at Adamson Barbeque will eventually change their hours so more people can try this dope place. I really wanted to visit this spot and made it a point to go on my day off. Will definitely visit again.

5/5 (a hard 5 out of 5)

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