I had the privilege of being invited to try one of Toronto’s newest Chinese Hakka restaurants called Hakka Wow yesterday on a Tuesday afternoon for lunch. Thank you Sachi for inviting me and Deven for hosting! 🙂
Grace and I arrived right at noon on a Tuesday and we were the first ones at their restaurant for lunch that day.
Deven opened Hakka Wow, a restaurant specializing in Chinese Hakka cuisine, just over a month ago on January 16, 2016, with his brother-in-law. He left his full-time corporate job in order to pursue a more meaningful and interactive career. Deven gave us a brief overview of the restaurant and was thoroughly accommodating, friendly, and a wonderful host the entire time we were there.
After glancing through the menu to see what we wanted to try, Deven suggested that we start off with a hot and sour soup and some Hot Garlic Chicken Parokas. I was so excited! It was really nice that Deven had pre-selected some items for us already :).
I say that our dining experience here was very accommodating as Deven provided us also with a corn soup once Grace informed him that she couldn’t take too much spice.
The soups arrived and Deven helped us to scoop out the hot and sour soup into individual bowls. The hot and sour soup was actually so good!!! I really adore Chinese Hakka hot and sour soups and this one hit the head right on the head with its consistency, texture, spice level, and amount of ingredients in the soup. It wasn’t too spicy for me at all and so delicious!! I also really enjoyed the chunks of chicken that were in the soup since they were extremely tender. How did they make the chicken so tender? I already had a good feeling about this restaurant after tasting their chicken :).
The corn soup was also exemplary. It wasn’t too thick, had enough corn kernels and egg in it that made it extremely palatable and tasty. Yum!
The Hot Garlic Chicken Pakoras arrived in a spicy form and non-spicy form (to accommodate for Grace’s preference). A hot and sour sauce and hot sauce came with this appetizer plate too. Presentation was great! 🙂
I split the spicy one apart first to try and I loved it. You could definitely taste the chicken within the batter and pakora bits. There was also a lot of veggies and carrots inside the ball. It was so good and had just a tinge of spice inside it.
The non-spicy Garlic Chicken Pakora was devoid of the spicy sauce that enshrouded the spicy one. As such, this one wasn’t near as tasty as the spicy one though it was still a delicious chicken pakora. I tried a bit of the green hot sauce and liked the spice!
Up next, our mains arrived. It was actually a great pleasure to see all the dishes pile up because we definitely got a lot! We had the Crispy Beef that was a Hakka “Wow!” favourite, the Shrimp in Lobster Sauce, Mango Salad, Singapore Noodles with Chicken (Grace’s pick), Fried Rice, and Lollipop Chicken (my pick). Our entire table was full! I felt so privileged and grateful. 🙂
The Fried Rice seemed to be made with long rice and was quite good! There was a lot of it too!
Actually, as you can see, all of the portions were fantastic and very generous! We could have fed at least two more people with the amount of food that was the table.
The Crispy Beef was slightly crispy but still maintained its meatiness as Deven explained. I enjoyed it! 🙂
The Mango Salad was a nice addition to our spread since its fruity nature helped to balance out the carbs and meat that were on the table. We were both so impressed and delighted that the strips of mango were juicy and sweet! A lot of mango salads in Thai or Vietnamese restaurants are quite sour; probably because the mangoes are not fully ripe yet. These ones were so sweet and tasty!
The Singapore Noodle with Chicken was decent. This is actually one of my favourite noodle dishes to order (usually with vermicelli)! However, I’ve had some better ones before. :3
Oh man, the Shrimp in Lobster Sauce was such a beauty to behold! There were many large succulent shrimps bathed in a dense lobster sauce. The shrimps were already peeled too. This was so good!!! Unfortunately, Grace has a seafood allergy so she wasn’t able to try this one out. Deven made extra precautions to ensure that everything else was shrimp-free. I loved this dish! I think that a plain white rice would have paired very well with the lobster sauce.
And finally, the Lollipop Chicken arrived! These were cute single drumstick chicken morsels with a side of hot and sour sauce. I love lollipop chickens.. there’s just something about them being so easy to eat with your hands and so tasty that you can never have just one.
I tried one and it was tender and flavourful. Its seasoning seemed to contain some Indian spices or influences but I couldn’t place my finger on it. Needless to say, this was hands down one of my favourite dishes.
After a few more rounds, we were completely satisfied and full. Even Deven expected us to take some of the food home with us, and take it home we did. 😀
We ended up filling seven take-out containers between the two of us to enjoy the rest of the food at home with our families. This was highly generous of Deven and his staff. It was highly appreciated! 🙂 Thank you again, Deven!
Alas, that concluded my foodie adventure and blogger experience at Hakka Wow. Deven and his staff were exemplary hosts with great attitude, professionalism, friendliness, and hospitality. Not to mention that the food was thoroughly delicious and well-portioned. I’d love to have more of their food and even try out their drinks and desserts in a future visit.
Hakka Wow is currently open Tuesdays to Sundays from noon to 10 p.m. They are considering to open on Mondays and extend hours to 2 a.m. in the future (perhaps). You can also order take-out and book a private event for up to 80 people at Hakka Wow.
Thank you sincerely for the invitation and meal; we loved it! 🙂
Have you been to Hakka Wow before? What was your experience like?
FTC Disclaimer: Although Hakka Wow reached out and invited me to a complimentary tasting to review their restaurant, the opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of the restaurant.