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There are many different flavours and food specialties of China! There's Szechuan's spicy food, Guangdong's dim sum; Yunnan's noodles; dumplings of Northern China...And tonight, we had Chiu Chow (Cantonese pronunciation  also known as Chaozhao or Teo Chew.  They're known for their pickled cold dishes and oyster omelettes and oyster rice congee. 

I haven't had a lot of Chiu Chow food here in Toronto; and it isn't because there are few restaurants catering to this Chinese cuisine.  I think the family just seems to mainly stick to Cantonese restaurants.  
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Anyway, just for spontaneity, we decided to go try Chiu Chow Boy.  On this day, it wasn't too busy and the staff and service was prompt.  The owner and his friends or family was also there enjoying a big dinner.  I was watching the dishes brought to their table...Huge tureen of soup, large dish of crabs...Their dishes looked very tasty!

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We ordered Deep-fried Tofu and came with a broth for dipping. Golden brown and crispy!
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The oyster rice congee was flavourful and I do enjoy the broth the rice is steeped in.  Unlike Cantonese congee where the rice turns into a white paste-like texture; Chiu Chow congee is really more like rice in soup.  Mom doesn't really like it as it's in this in-between stage of rice and congee.  I however, do like it.  It's warm and soupy and filling. 

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This was the best!  Stir-fry fish noodles!  It's got a chewy, dense texture.  The shrimps were a bit on the small side but the vegetables had a nice crunch and paired well with the noodles.  Overall, excellent!

 


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