This is a terrific hot sauce -- it was seeking a substitute for it that actually led me to discover the excellent Lao Gan Ma line of hot sauces which I now regularly buy. Swatow's homemade one is very oily, flavorful and slightly smokey. It is also very hot!
Really perfect in a noodle soup or drizzled over a stir-fry. Pick some up next time you are in Chinatown.
|Swatow's house hot sauce on a stir-fry I made at home.|
|Great Banh Mi below...a piece of history above!|
The shop also carries a whole array of other quick take-out dishes, like assorted meat or shrimp rolls, ready-to-go lunches, buns, etc, all well made and tasty and all at very good prices.
The shop is located below the apartment that the great Anarchist writer, activist and revolutionary Emma Goldman lived in in the years of 1926-1927.
The city of Toronto has erected a small plaque right in front of the store to acknowledge and commemorate this.
How cool is that!
Swatow is located at 309 Spadina Ave. & Nguyen Huong Food is located at 322 Spadina Ave.
See also: Swatow Restaurant -- Shrimp Dumpling Noodle Soup & more in the heart of Toronto
See also: Lao Gan Ma Oil Chilli Sauce and steamed dumplings.