Cheap Eat of the Week: the mango pudding from Tracy Dessert


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Image: Gizelle Lau

 

Growing up at a Chinese dinner table, dessert was always a hard sell. The go-to for most restaurants is a red bean soup. Beans? For dessert? You’re furrowing your brow skeptically and my eight-year-old self would be in complete agreement but today, I’m a defender that Asian dessert doesn’t deserve the bad rap that it often gets.

In the GTA, we’re luckier than most cities in the world to be home to a dozen distinct Chinese cuisines and fads like the many bubble tea shops have begun popping up downtown (they were so 10 years ago in Markham). One such popular type of place is the late-night Hong Kong (and sometimes Taiwanese/South East Asian) dessert shop. 

At Tracy Dessert, the menu is just shy of 100 items, nearly every one is a cheap eat under $10 with many dessert items (yes, even the red beans!) and a few late-night snacks (fried octopus, anyone?). Pictured above at $5.45 there’s #48: sweet, creamy mango that’s been cut up, blended and sweetened then mixed with tiny pearls of tapioca. Served in a bowl, it’s topped with chunks of mango and to finish it all off, a sprinkle of pomelo for a touch of tartness and texture. 

Tracy Dessert, Unit 29, 3255 Highway 7 E., Markham, 905-470-2222

Gizelle Lau is a food/travel writer and photographer in Toronto who lives from one meal to the next. Her column, Cheap Eat of the Week, highlights dishes that cost $10 or less. Follow her on Twitter for your daily dose of food from in/around the city.
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