Sunday, November 15, 2009

T & T Supermarket


When I first heard T&T was coming to town I didn't really think much of it. Then the hype got to me. I figured a few weeks after the opening the traffic would be somewhat bearable, so I made my way over there this afternoon. As someone who doesn't enjoy shopping in large supermarkets to begin with, I'm surprised I actually had the urge to go there. I guess my love of Asian dishes had the final say in my brain. Until I got there. So crowded, as I expected, and except for a few unique plus', wasn't really that exciting. Remove the people and give me an Asian chef to explain to me what to do with everything and I may not have left in such a hurry. My total bill was less than $20.

My plate pretty much says it all – we've got some Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese and Chinese going on here. My husband whipped this plate together in minutes. The best thing we picked up was the fresh cabbage bun. Unfortunately, the frozen gyoza weren't great. They had somewhat of a band-aid aftertaste to them if you can imagine what that would be like. I will never buy another dumpling from anywhere except Dong Ling. The kimchi was good and helped to mask the flavour of the gyoza. Shrimp spring rolls were so-so, but like everything else, cooked to perfection, thanks to my husband. I also made a side (yes, me!!) – peanut vermicelli, taken from the Whisk: a food blog site. It was great but I have to work on learning to cook vermicelli better. It always ends up mushy. After the fact I decided to look it up in my Vietnamese cookbook – pour cold water over the noodles for a few minutes after cooking. I should have looked it up sooner.

All-in-all, not a bad meal. I know this grocery store has a lot to offer and probably a lot of things Ottawa has been missing. But for someone like me, the little specialty shops on Somerset are all I need, and they're much more fun to shop.

9 comments:

The Benny's said...

The crowds are still that bad? Did you have to wait in line? I have been waiting to go until the "Hype" dies down a bit...

Rachelle said...

The cash lineups aren't bad at all. it's more the number of people in one space, it's hard to move around and shop. I could barely fit my basket through the people. Not comfortable.

The Benny's said...

Hummm...I hate that. I never go to Costco on the weekends, just for that reason...

Brittany G said...

I'm going to check out DongLing this weekend for some Dumplings. I linked over to your previous post about thier pork cabbage dumplings and my mouth was watering.

I'm going to try them with the peanut vermicelli :)

my tummy can hardly wait!

Eva said...

I checked out T&T last week. It was overwhelming! The fresh salmon is really good and the fresh meats too! I sticked up on those when I was there. I found the crowds pushy and selfish but I'll probably go back one day. I was expecting alot more sushi but there really wasn't that big of a selection. The prices seemed average. I'm not too familiar with Asian cuisine so alot of the products were a little intimidating.

Rachelle said...

Thought i'd share this link from Ottawa Foodies:

http://www.ottawafoodies.com/vendor/1769?xref_comment_id=8762#comment_8762

Ashley gives a great description of all the sections.

The Benny's said...

I love Dong Ling. Once I tried one of their large cooked "patties". I believe it contained eggs, onions...It was delicious! Has anyone tried the BBQ frozen pork buns?

Rachelle said...

i have not, i may have to try that...

asha said...

I got four bags of groceries there for only $50! My favourite find was a little frozen tom yum soup kit with vacuum-packed daikon, chili and lemon grass.