I am staying with my friend Fiona for my first couple of days in the city. She lives in Kensington Market which is a neighbourhood after my own heart because it is here that I first discovered second hand clothing, incense, and black and white striped stockings. I was a very happy fourteen year old when all that happened. My mom was somewhat mortified.
When we decided to go out for dinner Fiona started listing off possibilities. There were burritos, sushi, Asian fusion, sandwiches, veggie burgers, and basically anything else one might think of eating. We wandered a bit and then settled on King's Cafe, an Asian restaurant with lots of seitan and tofu on the menu.
We ordered three dishes, starting with these nuggets which Fiona said reminded her of the chicken-nugget-eating days of her youth.
I was also a chicken-nugget eater when I was a kid and I have to concur with Fiona. These were really good in the same kind of greasy, chewy way that I remember chicken nuggets being. I could have eaten a bunch more of them, but we had another appetizer to try. This one was a plate of assorted seitan pieces cooked different ways. Aside from the one that Fiona described as tasting like "licking the sidewalk in Chinatown" they were all very delicious.
For our main dish we ordered tofu prepared in a way I'd never tried it before. It was sliced thin, layered with nori, and then fried and served with bok choy. I really liked this dish. It wasn't greasy, but the texture of the fried tofu was excellent.
After dinner we walked to an ice cream shop named after my mother's favourite movie where Fiona remembered them having some dairy-free choices. Indeed they did! Dairy free mango, raspberry, or lemon sherbet.
I went for the mango, which was not a hard decision at all. Fiona, with the full range of ice cream flavours at her disposal, ordered one scoop of dulce de leche and one of some kind of berry cheesecake. All that despite me standing behind her emphatically whispering, "Get Nutella! Get NUTELLA!"
Despite my chocolate hazelnut desires, I was very happy with my mango sherbet. It wasn't overly sweet, and it didn't make me feel all sugar-drunk afterwards. It was just a refreshing way to end the night.