My first meal in Toronto was of course, Chinese food with my relatives. I arrived in Toronto from New York by Amtrak at 1am in the morning so the next day, lunch was at the most convenient and popular Chinese restaurant, Asian Legend. To be more specific, Asian Legend serves Shanghai food. We arrived at around 11:30am on a weekday so we just beat the lunch break. I was told that service really depends on the times you go and since we got there at a more leisure time spot, service was attentive and food came quickly.
Jelly Fish Salad
Yes, we do eat jelly fish, and they’re absolutely delicious. I believe we eat the tentacle parts.
The texture for the jelly fish was fine but it needed a bit more flavour and perhaps just a pinch of spiciness into it. Overall, this is a really good and fun cold appetizer to chew on before the meal.
Assorted Seafood and Tofu
I didn’t have super high expectations for the seafood just because Asian Legend isn’t a super fancy Chinese restaurant and given the price, you can’t expect luxurious seafood. On the other hand, there was plenty of tofu and vegetables.
The sauce was a bit murky and thick but it went very well with all the ingredients in the stew.
Steamed Soup Filled Dumplings with Ground Pork
Average xiao long baos with hot and rich soup inside that tasted like half of it was MSG and the other half was pork flavours.
Slow Cooked Shredded Chicken in Noodle Soup
I’ve had a lot of slow cooked shredded chicken in noodle soup but this was the blandest one I have ever had.
There was quite a bit of chicken in the noodle soup but there weren’t enough vegetables. I’m someone who likes balance in my dishes but hey, I’m sure some people wouldn’t complain about this.
This was the winner of our dinner. The beef and noodles in the soup had a very good texture and overall it was just flavourful, hearty and filling.
The beef was very soft and juicy and they didn’t come in huge chunks which made it easier to eat.