Next weekend is filled with the love of Valentine’s Day and Family Day, but did you know there is yet another occasion to celebrate on February 14? That’s right, the Chinese New Year is upon us and this year’s celebration of the Year of the Tiger encompasses two things we hold dear: family and food.
So whether you’re a novice in the area of Asian cuisine or you already know your gobo from your Pho Bo, your first stop should be the new T & T Supermarket at Hunt Club Road and Riverside Drive to get you prepared.
If you haven’t heard of it yet, T & T is Ottawa’s newest and largest grocery store and it specializes in Asian groceries. It’s big, it’s bright, it’s clean and it’s well-stocked. We like to visit when we feel the need to shake up the grocery routine. (When’s the last time you wanted to bring the kids to the grocery store?)
For us, it’s a bit of a walk on the wild side with new discoveries with each visit. Our recent faves include mango mousse cake roll, cook-your-own-soup kits (meat and veggies chopped and ready to dump in a pot for $7.99) as well as sweet cashews with a sprinkling of sesame seeds (look for those in the bakery section). Standard basics include edamame, savoury shrimp chips and Pocky (long straw-shaped biscuits dipped in chocolate).