My favorite destination in Chinatown is this huge store called Oriental Harvest. From fresh fruits, veggies and fish to all the South Asian grocery, this place is an underground haven.
And its seafood and fish section is huge! I usually shop for Bong fish in the Bangladeshi stores, but if you want some fish from all around, this place will make you stinking happy!
But I would recommend you use only cash to pay for your purchase. In the last two times that I have used my debit card, my card has been compromised. Though I managed to get my money back. Apparently some miscreant employees are up to this theft. I have been told by my bank that the store is already under the scanner.
But that does not deter me from shopping here every time I am in Spadina Avenue.
Have a look at the variety of fish you can buy in an oriental store in downtown Toronto.
I wanted to make this crab dish my Mum makes, and I knew I had all the right ingredients as soon as I picked some green chilies too.
This Spicy Bengali Crab is not for the heat-resistant. Its got just the basic spices from an Indian kitchen, but loads of flavors.
Here is the recipe:
2 large crabs (the fish monger will crack and de-shell them for you)
2 large potatoes cut into wedges
2 medium size ripe tomatoes roughly sliced
1 medium size onion finely sliced
2 tablespoons garlic paste
Handful of green chilies slit
Finely chopped coriander leaves
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon red chili powder
2 tablespoon mustard oil
The potato and crabs cook pretty quickly. You should check within 5-7 minutes and if the potatoes are done, turn the heat off.
Sprinkle the Spicy Crabs with freshly chopped coriander leaves. Serve them with hot Basmati rice.
Get dirty and get hot eating all that crab meat!