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Toronto Underground Market – June 2012

June 11, 2012 | By More

The June instalment of the popular monthly event known as TUM (Toronto Underground Market) was held this past weekend at the Brickworks. Foodies descended en masse waiting to taste the yummy  treats of over 30 pop-up booths and vendors. The June event featured a diverse range of offerings, including a multitude of vegetarian options from Comida del Pueblo, Eat Here, Kappukeki Fusion, Cannalles, Little Tomato Catering, and the Animal Liberation Kitchen, with some even offering gluten free options.

Here are some of the highlights from the night:

Rock Lobster Food Co.

After missing out on Rock Lobster Food Co. at the Street Food Block Party, they were the first stop of the night. They were offering up Lobster Tacos, Lobster Rolls and Lobster Poutine. We opted for the lobster rolls and lobster poutine. The lobster rolls were a steal at 2 for $5 and were a great way to start the evening. We followed up the rolls with the poutine. A recipe seemingly adopted from Chuck Hughes, the poutine featured large chunks of lobster complete with squeaky cheese curds and gravy. It’s a good thing we came here first as this ended up being the longest line all night.

Comida Del Pueblo

Comida Del Pueblo was on hand with their famous jalapeño cornbread grilled cheese with gaucamole and crema. Their other offering of the night was a duck mole empanada with cilantro chimichurri.

Little Tomato Catering

Their peameal sandwich was a popular offering; a maple-mustard glazed peameal (brined themselves), dijon mayo, red onion marmalade, and sunny-side-up quail egg, served up on a butter biscuit.

Neptuno Oysters

The boys from Neptuno were kept busy all night shucking 0ver 1100 French Kiss oysters from New Brunswick. The sustainably-grown oysters (from Canadian farms) were served on ice with lemon, and topped with a variety of condiments including a red wine shallot vinaigrette, neptuno cocktail sauce and a hot sauce/sambal oelek.

Eat Here

Korean Fusion Food newcomer, Eat Here, featured a spicy pork pa jun and a kalbi brisket pa jun, and a vegan lime soy soba noodle. The soba noodles were lightly tossed with refreshing lime soy dressing and topped with daikon, cilantro and sesame seeds. Looking forward to seeing what Eat Here will be doing next time!

Desserts

This TUM instalment featured plenty of options for those with a sweet tooth. Standouts from the Kappukeki Fusion Cupcakes (below left) were their mango tango, and honey green tea cupcakes. The hand made caramels from KEO Confiserie (below right) were another decadent surprise of the night. Other sugary induglences were the lactose free ice cream sandwiches from Bix Bakery, the canelés from Cannelles, and the unconventional offerings of Leonard Pig Candy, with their candied bacon, dunked and smothered in chocolate.

Drinks

TUM frequenter Tromba Tequila was there offering up their signature margarita’s. Ontario wine was available as was craft beer from breweries including Lake of Bays, Hogtown Brewers, and Granville Island Brewery.

Some other standouts included the tamales from Bushwick (they also had an Albacore Tuna Ceviche which supposedly was to die for). Fidel Gastro was on hand with pork belly  and beef cheek sandwiches as well as some of his classics. One of the booths that we unfortunately didn’t make it to was Swine Shrine. Their ribs were clearly the big draw of the night, as was the Prosciutto Mac ‘n’ Cheese from Thistletown High School Chefs.

The TUM experience continues to prove the desire for innovative food is alive and well in Toronto. Very much looking forward to the July instalment of TUM!

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