The first dim sum festival in Toronto celebrated the classic Cantonese steamed buns and small savoury dishes taken to a whole new level with unique inspired flavours by 8 different restaurants and chefs. Yum Cha Dim Sum Fest made its debut at the Chinese Freemasons Association in the heart of Chinatown to a sold out crowd. We saw the likes of Babi & Co, Me.N.u Food Truck, La Brea Food, Chef John Horne from Canoe, Linda Modern Thai, Feast Toronto, and HotBunzz.
Here's a taste of the highlights from the event:
Me.N.u Food Truck by Allen Tan & co
Babi & Co
Indonesian Street Food
Canoe by Executive Chef John Horne
GwaiLo by Nick Liu
I started to get the dim sum sweats from hastily chowing down my food with the desire to try every single dish in sight (of course, lack of ventilation had nothing to do with it). Even with a big appetite, it's easy to become full after only a few dishes.
Some of the aforementioned vendors will be back at Yum Cha! Part 2 on Sunday, May 4, 2014, which will also feature other notable restaurants such as Momofuku, County General, Lamesa and Richmond Station. I can imagine the venue can only get bigger and better, this time held near Greenwood and Gerrard.
Get your stomachs and cash ready.