T & T Supermarket
5661 Steeles East, Scarborough, 416-321-8113; Promenade Shopping Centre, Y007-1 Promenade Circle, Thornhill, 905-763-8113; New Horizon Centre, 7070 Warden, Markham, 905-470-8113. www.tnt-supermarket.com. Rating: NNNNN
Shopping for a bona fide Asian feast can be a quite the undertaking, what with the multiple shop-hops, potent smells and bustling sidewalks of Chinatown - that is, if you can score Charlie's Angels parking and have several hours to get your list crossed off.
If you lack the time or patience for an urban adventure but need the crucial imported ingredients to complete your culinary pièce de résistance, consider driving to the burbs for some killer one-stop shopping at T&T Supermarket . Boasting more than 15,000 products - most of them imported - this Asian grocery superstore is a clean and efficient way to shop for those authentic flavours and textures, without Market-style hassle. And if you're less than a dynamo in the kitchen, you can trick your guests into thinking you are, thanks to the hot/cold deli (with an amazing array of pre-made dishes), sushi bar (come at 11 am for the best selection) and Chinese BBQ.
T&T's picks: Individual cakes,$1.69 each; bamboo shoots $.98/lb; individually wrapped sushi pieces, 75 cents each; large hog snapper filets, $6.99/lb; and good luck fried sesame balls, at $3.88 per package.
Look for: Chinese New Year supplies; OKF Aloe Vera Juice; a wide selection of dumplings/wontons/dim sum; imported produce, including pre-made fruit baskets; and an informative Web site with recipes and online ordering.
Hours: Monday to Sunday 9 am to 10 pm.