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Victor |πŸ“ 𝙼 𝚘 πš— 𝚝 πš› 𝚎 𝚊 πš•  Physicist | Food Photographer | Blogger @mtlfoodpics | Asian Food Writer @montreall | Flavorist @yumiorganics πŸ’Œ DM for collab and Chinatown tour πŸœπŸ›

Peking Duck Chirashi @thazardmtl - confit Asian pear, shredded Peking duck, matchstick taro chips, 63-degree egg, tomato, radish and cucumber.

Many of you might not know this, I used to be a food critic for several years under my blog @mtlfoodpics (before I moved to Instagram). One thing I was VERY picky is on the naming of the dish. There are certain expectations when it is named after classic dishes, especially this one!

Chirashi refers to an array of fresh sashimi served over sushi rice. As for Peking duck, it is characterized by its thin crispy skin with a melt-in-your-mouth breast meat. Knowing these facts, these form my basis on how I critique food.

Unfortunately, there are many flaws in this dish. Let me break this down for you. To be called chirashi, one would expect generous amount of proteins, but, as you can see on the picture, this is not the case. What's more disappointing, it is not truly a Peking duck (a.k.a. no crispy skin), it feels more of a Hong Kong-style duck.

Apart from the name, it also lacks a binding element to bring all the ingredients together; the creamy 63-degree egg is insufficient. It needs a thicker consistency such as Korean gochujang paste or spiced mayo. Also, the dish would have been more appetizing if the cucumber and radish were served cold (instead of room temperature) so that it creates a contrast in temperature with the cooked duck. On the positive note, the confit Asian pear was amazing, it seems to be the star of the dish and love the crispy taro chips.

To summarize, if this dish was properly named as roasted duck bibimbap or donburi, I probably won't rant that much πŸ˜‰.

🍈 Giveaway Alert 🌢️ - $50 gift card @fieldstone.mtl

Back again for another collaboration with @mealshare. This time we will be offering one lucky winner a $50 gift card to dine at Fieldstone.

Here is a little bit about Fieldstone: Chef Chanthy Yen, a Canadian-Cambodian, is a creative food science genius. He worked at some of the top 10 restaurants in the world including El Bulli, NoMa and Mugaritz. Combined with the Mexican roots of his business partner Emiliano Rivera, they blend Mexican, Spanish, Asian influences plus prestigious experience into their food.

When you order their Mealshare items, either the Torrija (Spanish-style French toast) or the Fieldstone (foie gras or hay-brown butter ice cream with activated charcoal meringue shards), you are providing a healthy meal to a young person in need!

To enter:
1. Like this photo.
2. Follow these accounts: @mealshare, @fieldstone.mtl and @randomcuisine.
3. Tag up to two foodie friends - 1 entry/friend.

To be eligible to win, you must follow all three accounts (I will check each one of them πŸ•΅πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ) and reside in Montreal (at least pick up your prize in Montreal πŸ˜‰). Winner will be announced on Sunday afternoon. Good luck!
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Here are the dishes we'd tasted:

Roasted Watermelon Carpaccio smoked with Cherry Wood, Hemp Seed Ricotta, Purple Yam Emulsion, Thai Basil

Lettuce, Avocado, Watermelon Radish, Salsa Verde, Dandelion Mead, Sunflower, Seaweed, Mint

Avocado Toast, Matane Shrimp, Avocado, Salsa Verde, Poached Eggs, Bread @guillaumebakery

Morcilla - Beef Blood Sausage, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Fried Eggs

Fieldstone - Hay-Brown Butter/Hay-Brown Butter Carob Ice Cream, Activated Charcoal Meringue Shards, Wild Blueberries

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Kampachi Kama @otto.bistro. There is nothing more comforting than eating the best part of the fish (a.k.a the collar) with a bowl of rice. Kampachi is part of the same family as yellowtail and amberjack. It has a naturally sweet taste with a rich and buttery flavour.

Here it is properly cured to give a nice crispiness to the skin. It is served with pickled vegetables and a ponzu sauce.

If you see it on the menu, be sure to order it. There is only two collars per fish. πŸ˜‰ It will be the best cooked fish you'll ever eat.

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M'hanncha is a rolled phyllo pastry coiled to look like a snake. It is stuffed with almond paste, dusted with cinnamon and drizzled with date reduction syrup @atlasrestaurantto.

Always great to catch up with @katsnacks.to.

Thanks for the recommendation @hangry_foodies.

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Blueberry sorbet & cheesecake swirl @butteravenue - one of the best soft serve I've had in Toronto. So smooth and creamy, the texture is very similar to the one I've had @lepetitdep.

Thanks again for the recommendation @myfoodnation.

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If you love ice cream, you will definitely love the Korean version of ice cream called bingsoo. It is primarily made of milk with a smooth texture that resembles like a snow.

@thecupstoronto is one of my favourite places to grab bingsoo. I always order the mango bingsoo & black sesame-red bean bingsoo with injeolmi (glutinous rice cakes coated with roasted soybean powder). Soft and melt in your mouth with every spoonful.

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Every time I am in Toronto, I always get my dose of ramen at Hokkaido Santouka. But now I got to experience another wonderful ramen spot thanks to ramen connaisseur @anthoni.foodlab.

This is the shoyu tsukemen serves with a piping hot seafood-pork dipping broth, thick ramen noodles, thinly sliced chashu, bamboo shoots, wood ear mushrooms and soy-sake marinated egg.

#ramenisshin #tsukemen #ramen #ramen4life #japanesefood #seafood #chashu #sakana #tonkotsu #menma #toronto #torontofood #torontoeats #toreats #tastetoronto #tastethe6ix #eatfamous #shotononeplus5 #foodphotography #to_finest #top_food_of_instagram #mtlfoodpics

When your date is a foodie and you can't think of a better way to convey your love and appreciation, @patrice_demers has got you covered!

Alternatively, #treatyoself to this succulent rose and strawberry sundae... You can thank me later. πŸ˜‰

Rose & strawberry sundae (coupe glacΓ©e fraise) currently available on their seasonal menu - sweet clover mousse, strawberry ice cream, rose meringues, fresh and oven-confit strawberries.

Caption brought to you by @lexie_sunshine.

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You know what we need in Montreal? A Vietnamese cafe like @rustleandstill.

Here they use Southeast Asian staple ingredients to make these colorful yet tasty lattes - pandan-matcha and ube (purple sweet potato). For those who are unfamiliar with pandan, it is a leaf that has a sweet aroma close to the taste of vanilla. It is used to add flavour to rice, desserts or wrap meat before grilling. Many calls it the Vanilla of the East.

Fun fact: @nigellalawson has boldly declared that pandan will be the new matcha.

#rustleandstill #pandan #matchalatte #matcha #ube #ubelatte #sweetpotato #latte #latteart #th3rdwave #toronto #torontoeats #toreats #tastetoronto #tastethe6ix #chefsofinstagram #to_finest #top_food_of_instagram #foodphotography #eatfamous #feedmyphone #mtlfoodpics

Looking for something warm and comfy for the Fall? Try this deconstructed soup at the new Dagu Rice Noodle in Chinatown Montreal.

Dagu is a famous rice noodle bowl restaurant franchise with over 450 locations in China. The foundation of their soup is a light milky broth made purely of beef/pork bones. It's rich in vitamins, nutrients and collagen (good for your skin πŸ˜‰). You can opt either for the 'typical' noodle soup OR order the "Crossing the Bridge" noodles where you put all the ingredients in a piping hot 150Β°C broth yourself.

The tray includes thinly sliced certified Angus Rib Eye or New Zealand lamb, quail egg, fish cake, red sausage, ham, wood ear mushrooms, green fermented cabbage paste, Szechuan pepper pork, corn, bamboo shoots and crab sticks. It also comes with a bowl of rice noodles. You can ask for noodle refills for freeπŸ˜‰. Ordering is simple, just fill up a sheet and your order will arrive in a few minutes!

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