3) I spotted the Honda Indy GO Bus!
Palgong has officially evolved into Two Nine Tea - a name potentially owed to its popular $2.99 milk tea. The interior and menu remains consistent with my last visit.
As esteemed in the North York food scene as Juicy Dumplings (520) in Chinatown, this hole-in-the-wall space had held a spot on my radar for over half a year. My first attempt was executed in vain, for it occurred on the single day of their closures: a fatefully snowy Monday.
However, it was a Tuesday this time; I was determined to succeed.
Found inside the buns was a super succulent - and, dare I say, bewitching - pork filling. Needless to say, unexpected bursts of scalding broth was an aspect not to exempt from the experience. Potentially inflicting harsher burns to the tongue than its Shanghainese counterpart, Sang-Ji's namesake dish proved its popularity with unrivalled freshness and intense insulation.
At $6.99 for a set of four, the eatery's signature wasn't bad at all. In large quantities, I can imagine the costs to accumulate rapidly, however it satisfied our desire for a small, pre-dinner snack.
The interior of the Northtown Way shop was extremely tiny: a table of two sat cramped near the entrance. It, again, operated primarily as a to-go business.
The ahjumma behind the counter pointed towards the Rolls section of the menu, noting that Spicy Salmon and Dynamite ranked highest in terms of popularity. I took this as a sign to shift my focus in that direction, and did just that.
Undeniably less formidable in comparison to similarly named items at full-service sit-down restaurants, my hunger did not waver.
7) Coffee Break #2 Feat. a Chocolate Pumpkin Muffin from Harbour Eats by Mercatino, a fancy little spot on the top floor of One York.