If you aren’t familiar with Chef Bashir Munye from frequenting Toronto’s Farmers’ Markets, he is one of the kindest people who I have ever met, and he makes really kind food too, using organic ingredients.
Although his business is called My Little Dumplings, he makes way more than the standard dumpling that you are picturing. Now that he has a permanent kitchen, I expect that he might expand his menu even more. His new space is currently open on Thursdays and Fridays only, from 11am-7:30pm (and he is also at the Brickworks Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, and at Sorauren Market on Mondays in the summer), plus you will find him at many of the great food events around the city.
He creates and serves extraordinary takes on traditional dumplings, steam buns (bao) and gnocchi, and usually has vegan and vegetarian options, too. Some of my favourites are: classic gnocchi in his fresh tomato sauce with parsley pistou, chicken sausage gnocchi, edamame dumplings, and his harissa is so good that I like to eat it by the spoonful. He also creates fantastic, fresh salads featuring Kind Organic, and other local farmers’ greens. His soups are also delicious. I enjoyed the curried coconut carrot ginger soup he was serving yesterday, it warmed me right up.
There are a couple of high-top tables and stools for eating in, but his food is great for take-out too.
I have included some photos and descriptions of what my family enjoyed yesterday when we visited Bashir’s new permanent space. You should really go try what Bashir is making. We need more chefs who care about using great ingredients to do well in Toronto!