Thursday, July 22, 2010

Well Fed: Hakka No. 1

[gargantuan-sized portion of Hakka noodles. pop can inserted to show scale of mountain of noodles!]

Since meeting E I've often reminisced about eating Hakka Chinese food in India and Canada, professing that it is even tastier than *regular* Chinese food [which I also love!]. To me, Hakka just means *Indian-Chinese food* because my first introduction to its deliciousness was on a visit to New Delhi. We traveled by scooter to pick up little baggies of Chicken Corn Soup, Hakka Noodles and Manchurian Chicken. [no cute takeout boxes here!] I remember licking my lips in anticipation as I wondered how these thin little baggies, kept closed with only a feeble knot, were going to make it all the way home without splitting open on my lap. Since that trip I have come across Hakka cuisine in Toronto and, though nothing quite compares to the food I had in India, many come close!

While running errands today, E and I both stated *we were hungry* as we often do when we leave the house at about the exact time we should be eating lunch. Today was definitely our lucky day as we stumbled across Hakka No. 1. Hakka No. 1's website defines Hakka cuisine as "a Chinese and Indian fusion." We decided to pop in for their $5.50 lunch specials, which included a vegetable spring roll and a can of pop. [soda, what a rare indulgence!] How can you beat that price?

E had the Chilli Chicken with rice and I had the Chicken Hakka Noodles. To say the portions were large is a bit of an understatement. I packed up more than half my noodles to take home. E and I loved our dishes, but we still needed the real critic to weigh-in: Indio approved of both dishes, though the Chili Chicken was a bit spicy for him. [He loved the play-ability of the noodles and being fed with chopsticks.]

If you're in the Finch Ave & Weston Rd area, definitely do give Hakka No. 1 a try!


Anonymous,  July 23, 2010 at 12:40 AM  

My mouth is watering! (It's also nearly dinnertime.) :)

It's also good to know that we're not the only ones who often leave the house around lunchtime and then get peckish!

phonelady July 23, 2010 at 8:31 AM  

sounds interesting too bad my hubby does not eat chineese food and I have had to stop cause it gives me headaches . Oh well take care my dear and have a wonderful wknd .

bklyn76 July 23, 2010 at 8:47 AM  

@tez, it's awful how often we go out without eating. i pack a bag full of food for indy, but nothing for ourselves. i can't count the number of times i've had to dive into the bag of goldfish crackers!

@phonelady, oh, your hubby is missing out! is it msg that gives you a headache? this place was msg-free!

Faiza July 23, 2010 at 2:07 PM  

hakka is one of my FAVORITE cuisines EVER! we are bookclubbing at a hakka place next time it's my pick. you, me and hakka for our next date too.

Anonymous,  May 22, 2012 at 12:43 PM  

Hakka No 1 .. by far the best I've come across! Food is always delicious, price is very reasonable for the portion size, and the service - well, there just isn't anything to complain about. When it's busy (which is often), service is a little shower, but that's to be expected. I have been to other locations for chili chicken and hakka noodles - none come close to taste.

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