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!