Thursday, April 24, 2014

REVIEW | Sugar Marmalade Inc, - comforting Chinese snacks and desserts in the heart of North York

Sugar Marmalade Inc. is an excellent restaurant for dessert lovers seeking for fine Chinese and Taiwanese desserts. Located on Yonge St. in a popular Korean district, Sugar Marmalade Inc. offers an excellent blend of finely crafted dishes, convenient location and a comfortable environment reminiscent of shops from Hong Kong and Taiwan.

When walking in, you are instantly brought back to a typical dessert shop in Hong Kong. With its rustic yet modern interior and canto/mando pop music selection, Sugar Marmalade Inc.  is a welcoming sight for hungry dessert lovers with a taste for Asian flavours.

Words cannot describe how happy I was when I saw that Hong Kong style steamed rice rolls was on the menu.  It's hard to imagine that such a simple dish could bring such joy but there's something about the mix of sesame paste, hoisin sauce and sesame seeds that brings back warming memories of my childhood. The texture and taste was exactly the same as what you would get from a street vendor in Hong Kong. 

The shaved ice is a relatively new dessert that really grew big in Hong Kong a few years ago. By introducing flavouring into the water used to make the ice, Taiwanese styled shaved ice offers better flavours, a more balanced taste and richer texture in comparison to their traditional counterparts.

As separate components, the red bean mixture on the top was too sweet and the shaved ice lacked a strong green tea flavour but when it was combined the flavours balanced each other out.

Even though it's a far drive coming from Mississauga, I would definitely go back to try some of their other dishes and desserts.

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