Although it is fall, sometimes I still want to have something light, healthy, and refreshing. Since I bought a julienne peeler the other day, I’ve been making zucchini noodles often. For person like me who loves noodles but doesn’t want to feel guilty when you overload, zucchini noodles are one of the healthier substitutions.
I would love to write more zucchini noodles recipes but let me start with this one. Cold zucchini noodles with peanut butter sauce somewhat reminds me of Taiwanese cold noodles. My father used to bring couple bags of take-out for dinner from this street vendor in my hometown Taichung. This traditional Taiwanese street food is perfect for summer night. But the typical sauce calls for both peanut butter sauce and sesame butter sauce, and the latter one is hard to find in Canadian grocery stores. Plus there are many other asian spices.
For making my life easier, I adapted the recipe from Epicurious and added lime juice, fish sauce, and worchester sauce. The twist makes it more close to Thai food rather than Taiwanese food. But it is still delicious!
This recipe serves approximately 2.
1/8 cup peanut butter
1/8 cup warm water
1/8 cup cilantro
1 1/2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp worchester sauce
1 lime for lime juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Thai chili, chopped finely
1 large zucchini
Mix all the ingredients, except for zucchini, in a bowl. Whisk it until it blends well. You can use your blender or food processor if you have one.
Time to make your zucchini noodles with a julienne peeler, spiralizer, or mandolin! (Fun!) Try to avoid those small, handheld spiral cutters unless you know it definitely works. I had a poor one and it never worked.
Drizzle the sauce on top of the zucchini noodles. And…TA-DA!
If someone asks me how Fantail is different than the other bakeries, I will tell him/her it’s definitely the quality.
Not only is Fantail authentically French inspired, they use the best quality flour, sugar, eggs, and everything. Every bite of the salad is fresh and exciting, the daily soup is full of flavors, their croissant is crispy and flaky, and the sandwich! I give its sandwich the highest rating.
I also like its leek and aged cheddar scone. It’s dense and moist. There’s nothing more disappointing than a dry scone. Its scone is a good size for two people to share.
Fantail is rated one of the top 10 best French bakeries in Toronto by BlogTO. It’s not cheap, but it is worth every penny.
Fantail doesn’t offer Wifi. So bring a book or friend and enjoy the time without internet.
People in Toronto who are into interior design and furniture have probably already heard about Mjolk many times. Mjolk is committed to the simple but functional craftsmanship and timeless furniture from Scandinavia and Japan.
It’s not just a home decor store. Mjolk also hosts exhibitions to introduce some Scandinavian and Japanese artists. The recent one I went to was a collection by artists Masanobu Ando & Akiko Ando. On beautiful wooden tables, the handmade ceramics are beautifully displayed. Here, the ceramics were essential pieces that are used in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
The simple and peaceful art is characteristic of Japanese philosophy and lifestyle.
Mjolk is located in the Junction neighborhood in Toronto.
Sud Forno is an Italian bakery. It has everything from pastries, desserts, gelato, and espresso, to salads, sandwiches, and pizza.
They make their own bread everyday in the open kitchen. It is a great place to grab a bite for lunch. The 2nd floor is open and bright. The big table allows people to spread out and have their own place if they would like to.
Their cream-stuffed donut is dense and solid. Their freshly baked croissant is flaky and buttery. The atmosphere is casual but sophisticated . Both times I visited I enjoyed the vibes and the food very much.
Every Tuesday night from 5pm to 8pm, Sud Forno offers drinks with complimentary snacks.