By: Rebecca Feigelsohn
As an Asian cuisine enthusiast, I am always on the hunt for authentic, delicious and affordable Asian fare – the type of food that makes you feel like you are in the country where the recipe originated. When I read Chris Nuttall Smith’s East End dining recommendations and a Malay restaurant made the top of the list, I knew I had to check it out for myself. One2 Snacks, located in a strip mall in Scarborough, has an unassuming storefront that could easily be missed; its exterior is hardly indicative of the wonderful and fresh food that you will find within. Though the small quarters, which accommodates merely eight stools for customers is fairly cramped even without a full house, the limited seating adds to its authenticity and replicates a noodle shop that one would find in the bustling streets of South East Asia.
There is nothing I love more than a big bowl of soup (even on a hot day), so I dove in willingly to my gargantuan pot of curry laksa, a spicy coconut curry soup with vermicelli and yellow mee noodles, assorted seafood and meats, finished with a helping of bean sprouts. Judging by the meal’s exterior, the soup appeared to be a smorgasbord of assorted ingredients from the kitchen, however, the taste was perfectly calculated and balanced. The only alteration I would make to my order would to opt out of the yellow mee noodles, as the chewy wheat flour texture was slightly too heavy in combination with the rich broth. One of the best parts about my meal was that the very large bowl of soup only cost me $5.99 (before tax) and could have easily served two people, or one person with an extremely hearty appetite and a love of leftovers. Despite the very affordable price, the quality of the ingredients was not compromised – I have a hunch that the family that owns One2 Snacks frequents the Malaysian Supermarket I noticed a couple blocks away.
One2 Snacks is located 8 Glen Watford Dr, Unit 26 in Scarborough, (647) 340-7099
*Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Limited seating available.
Rebecca Feigelsohn is a Toronto based editorial intern for Good Food Revolution. She recently completed her BA in English at McGill University and loves all things sweet. Follow her as she profiles Toronto pastry chefs @GoodFoodRevInt