We were in the Toronto area for a weekend getaway, but went out of our way to visit this place. My boyfriend is from Singapore and misses the unique flavors of his home, so he was very excited to try it with me. It's a little hard to find in between all the small shops and parking lots, but we eventually found it and were glad we did.
We ordered Chinese Rojak to start and it captured perfectly the unique Southeast Asian flavors you won't find in Chinese restaurants: a mix of deep-fried tofu, bean sprouts, pineapple, mango, and cucumber, covered in a spicy sauce of shrimp paste, chili, tamarind, and peanuts. Absolutely delicious.
From there, we tried some Hokkien Mee, which was less oily than it is usually served so that was good, and Char Kway Teow, which had the characteristic "breath of the wok" smokiness to it. Dessert was Ais Kacang (like a snowcone) and Bubor Cha Cha -- a sugary soup with sweet potato and jelly inside.
Lion City got the stamp of authenticity from my boyfriend and filled us right up with wonderful Southeast Asian food. I will say the owner is a bit gruff, but he spends his time in the back anyway and the waitress was warm and friendly. If you're in the area, I would check this place out. It's the closest thing to experiencing Singapore food culture in the the West!
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