Monday, July 25, 2011

T&T 2nd Annual Waterfront Night Market - Toronto Impresses!

Yesterday I attended the last night of T&T's 2nd annual Waterfront Night Market. in the T&T parking lot and general grounds @ 222 Cherry St, downtown Toronto.
If you read my Vancouver/Richmond Night Market Review, it was that i wish Toronto had its own longstanding summer night market like Vancouver/Richmond in B.C.

Maybe because I've gone so many times to the Richmond Night Markets, but i thought this Toronto version was AWESOME!!!!  The food was way more inspired, more unique, food was CHEAPER, it was great!!!!  I attended last year,  the size was half it was this year.  The line ups were insane, 20-30+ mins per stall, i gave up (I probably turned off a few friends with that tidbit! sorry!), but this year, it was seamless, lines were quick, I hope this Night Market keeps expanding.  It's more food oriented than the Vancouver/Richmond one, where it's probably a 30 %Food, 70% Random Crap Vendors, (tho the van food itself = this whole market).  There is so much potential for this to grow, I look forward to next years!

This was our first stop.  WHO are the Bahn Mi Boys and WHERE can i find them????? I didn't have much to eat that day, since my girls brunch meal turned out to be a glorious pile of inedible crap. I was HUNNNGORRY.

Look at how cheap the prices are!!! Who needs a 12 dollar momofuku steam bun (i forget, how much is it?).  

Got a HUGE pulled pork steamed bun for 3 bucks, with fixings of arugula, cucumbers, and jalapenos

And $1 - $2 dollar meats/spring rolls on sticks. OMG today is going to be a good day. 

Up next, a stall i remembered from last year for being deliciously awesome.  Again with my new fixation on lamb, we got 5 LAMB SKEWERS FOR 5 DOLLARS! (take that

Amazingly juicy and great spicy kick! $5.00 DOLLARS!

tentacles resting before going into my mouth

That sauce they put on, was so amazing, it was juicy and tender and damn it it was gonna be a GREAT DAY! (2 for $5.00)a

This is Susar Lee's Cheeseburger Spring Rolls.  I had this last year, i think it was $5.00 each (total premium if you check out my spring rolls super buy).  It was pretty interesting for sure! beefy crunch spring roll surrounded with all the applicable cheeseburger ingredients.

Tonnes of refreshment stalls were available, no doubt! with these kinda weathers, you could drink outta coconuts (2 for $5!), freshly squeezed sugar cane juice, drink outta a whole huge watermelon (they sold out in this pic).  Tropical drinks for tropical weather!

I got myself this $6.00 pineapple (FREE REFILL) with spring roll. the spring roll was a throw away. bleuch!

I think this was a free ice cream stand cause the line up was huge. free + asian people = long lines.

I got some of this last year too!  Really awesome jerky, not like anything i've ever had, and i'm super happy i got their name in this too! Bagahon Singapore Bak Kwa, they have a store in Pacific Mall (largest indoor Chinese Mall in North America!!!???!!)  if you're in the mood for piping hot delicious jerky!

Takoyaki! I'm not even a huge fan of these, but i can't resist buying them. balls. cant resist them.

close up shot of balls.

We saw people walking around with paper baskets of lobsters and I as like. I want to go to there. And as soon as we spotted it. B-line. 

Crates and crates of lobsters were being dropped off while I was in line.  Fresh lobster :)

And lots of sea snail.  I keep calling it conch.  I think to mess with my head. cause yeah, as i was pulling these suckers out, its 2 eye/tentacles popped out. and all i could think of was the Never Ending Story Racing Snail....

another gratuitous shot

my 6 for $5.00 snails! 

My $10.00 lobster!!!!!! FREAKING AWESOME!

I saw another seafood vendor, with much larger snails. (along with mussels and oysters), that would be a giant bite of chew.

I gave this a go last year (cause of the insane lines, looks like there were none this year again...), but churros are churros! yum! next time!

Up next, i was swayed into trying this, kinda glammed up version of condense milk toast that you'd get at any BBT shop.  With gourmet flavour combinations:

The lady who was hawking it said they were all professionals who had this dream, i guess and vision, and got together with a chef to put these out.  Which is totally good for them, follow your dreams!  I hope it works out for them! It's an interesting and intriguing concept.

With 2 for $5.00 I checked out the bacon cheeseburger... (SOMEBODY dropped the gherkin.. :(

and then the best selling Caramel Coffee Crunch.

It was super interesting! The concept is very BBT snack house with a touch of gourmet, i think. My complaint is that it's more like a teaser! a 3 bite Amuse Bouche! the caramel coffee crunch was pretty good, i wish i tried more!

The next stall over was this super cute ice cream stand.  I really wished I gave this a try, with amusing menu options such as: Death by Bacon, The Kevin Bacon (can he sue?), Ninja Panda.  The combinations, though hardly adventurous now with this whole Bacon+Chocolate trend, would have still loved to given it a try at $4.00 each. Also, i love the pictures!

Across the aisle i spotted these Fusia Dogs. My first instinct was: japadogs? japadogs? Close but no cigar.

Looks like there's a lot going on here. And i'm not talking about the table cloth.

If you're interested, you can read up on it here, i just thought there was way too much to put in my mouth (thats what... she... said?)

Something I didnt try, that i saw a lot of stalls for, was Oyster Omlette. Actually, lots of oysters everywhere.

Like raw oysters from Diana's Seafood,  I tried a dozen of these at the Taste of Lawrence last year,  I passed today, they were pretty big and juicy, too big and juicy (is there such thing?).

crowd shot!

Another little interesting gem, actually i saw a girl with this, and almost chased her down to find out where she got this... hehe.  Hey Meatball! They got a store coming up soon on College Street, 5 bucks says they're selling meatballs.  It's a 50% Pork 50% Beef blend lil Meatball Slider, and the guy said everything was from within 100 miles. Pretty cool.  The meatball was super juicy and they put this sweet tangy spicy sauce. I think it was asian inspired? cause asian people are sweet tangy and spicy??? I know I am!

I really like taiwanese chicken wings so I went for these $3.00 popcorn chicken bites

I ordered 2 orders of spring rolls. SEEN HERE is 1 order. 5 spring rolls for $1.00. Are you kidding me!?!?!?! I foolishly ordered 2 orders.  Yeah. we couldnt finish it. Shame :(

I had to take a picture of these old people doing Tai Chi.  Cause my  mom is one of these old people now, and if she was here, she would SO be on that stage.... er I LOVE YOU MOM!!!!

I still havent tried smelly tofu.  I got yelled at a few times for walking by the tofu aisles! I can't help it! the smell travels!!!  Can anyone tell me what it tastes like and why i should eat it?

Dolled Up Cupcake Inc.

$1.00 cookies! 

Lovely Cupcake bouquet

I got myself a red velvet for $3.00.  The frosting was really yummy, however i think that the cupcake was refrigerated so the texture was like the cold, fridge dense-like.  i wish i could have had it fresh. 

There were a lot of these Tornado fries stands too! I still havent had one yet, i feel like its such a waste of stomach space to eat a whole potato while there's endless stalls of meats on stick.

Some freshly fried something or other! MMMM!!!!

This pic is for Kristine! I told you Chinese zombies do this!!!! hahha "GERN SEE!"

Aside from the Lobster + Sea Snail, I didnt partake in the T&T stands, mainly cause, i can just go to a T&T and get it. Though they had lots to offer!

Like Szechaun hot pot

more sticks to boil

and their skewers

and tofuyaki 

More BBQ

I'm used to the fishies waffle maker in a different shape, so it was interesting to see these little guys.  I can get an unlimited supply a few blocks from my place so i passed! But love these!

There were so many stands i couldnt try everything, but here are some pics to show the variety of some of the other stalls i was able to get pics of.  Oh. did not take a picture of the Corn Stand. 

Call out in action!

I wish i checked Titaflips out!!!!! their website looks AWESOME!

Finally! A night market with live animals for sale! Now this is a night market!

And no street festival is complete without a random shot of a dog! New York had side eye husky, and Desifest had shy lab. Waterfront Night Market has...this... Mogwai? 

All in all. it was a wonderful experience.  I spent about 2.5 hours there gorging my face fat.  I coukd hardly move at the end of the night!  It was a lot of fun, a lot of good food!  Good job organizers!!!  I can't wait for more food festivals! Bring it all on! 


  1. omg so much food!!! what a variety! esp the fresh seafood..that is unheard are the prices! good job TO, even i'm impressed!

  2. I'm glad you had a great time!

  3. Tita Flips! I wish i got a chance to check yours out!!! are you at any other food festivals!!????!?!?!

  4. mmm sooo good!!! i wish i didn't have tennis that night! i would've dragged matt there and met you and chris!

  5. I missed it! F#@$! What did the slugs taste like?

  6. it was like super chewy kinda clammy there was like this flat helmet they were wearing? i dunno! a flat helmet. if not their 2 antennas stuck out i was scared... i closed my eyes and chewed really fast! it was REALLY GOOD!!!! i meant the festival.

  7. Hi Jessica! ooppps... i missed your reply.
    We were at Caribana this weekend. Lol... I will let you know the next one :)
    P.S. I'm contemplating if I should participate in the Chinese Festival

  8. omg! when/where is this Chinese festival?
    Which festivals have worked out the best for you?
    I love lumpia!

  9. I just received an email invitation yesterday for the Chinatown Festival: it's in Spadina (between Dundas and College)Sept 10-11. Here's the link:
    Cool... next time, your lumpia is on us :)

  10. Are you going to do it? I've never checked out the Chinatown Festival, this year should be the year i try! Ohhh! i cant wait! haha

  11. I won't be at the Chinatown Festival - i have another event that weekend but i will be at the Toronto Underground Market :)

  12. Toronto Underground Market?!?!?! OMG that sounds SOOO COOL!!! hahaha
    this sounds amazing, i cant wait for that to happen! except then it will be fall and then winter. but then that also means its stew and soup season. mmm!

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