Following a stream of successful singles and two internationally-celebrated EPs since his debut in 2015, Mississauga-based indie-folk rocker Tennyson King finally unveiled his highly-anticipated first full-length album to listeners today.
The Hong Kong-born and Canada-raised singer’s new album, Good Company, was inspired by King’s experiences with travel, exploration, nature, and interpersonal relationships. The eight-track album combines King’s signature nomadic and introspective lyricism with catchy and upbeat synth sounds, while offering a deeply personal listening experience through his creative affinity for storytelling.
Although his upcoming cross country tour was recently postponed due to the pandemic, King will be doing two livestreams today on Facebook at 7 p.m. (EST) and on Instagram at 8:30 p.m. (EST). We recently had a chance to chat with the talented Ontario-based musician, who filled us in on a few of his favourite food and drink spots in Mississauga.
For yum cha or dim sum, which is often a late breakfast meal, my family and I would go to Emerald Chinese Restaurant just at Hurontario and Eglinton. This place has some great classic dim sum dishes like Har Gow, Shiu Mai, Beef Meatball, BBQ Pork Bun, sticky rice and so much more.
One of my favourites to order is BBQ pork or roast duck with rice. All dim sum spots generally have the whole roasted pig or roasted duck hanging somewhere so you can see and be tempted to order, which I usually do!
There is this place called Chi’s Congee & Noodle House at Central Parkway and Burnhamthorpe. It’s located in a plaza filled with many Chinese and Asian restaurants, karaoke bar, and a BTrust Supermarket known specifically for Chinese/Asian groceries.
Congee and noodle houses are generally designed for an afternoon snack or lunch; just an individual bowl, not as much sharing like every other meal in Chinese tradition. Congee is water, rice, and options of meat or veggies. It’s the Chinese equivalent to oatmeal. Made to be healthy, hearty, warm and filling. There is a trick to making it delicious though, which only my mom and the chefs at the restaurant seem to know.
At the end of a night of partying, friends and I would often go to Tremendous Chinese Restaurant for late night classic Chinese dishes like chow mein, hot and sour soup, beef and black bean sauce…pretty much anything you’re craving after a night of drinking.
Eating at 1 or 2 in the morning is a pretty common occurrence in Hong Kong called 宵夜—pronounced Xiāo yè—which literally translates to night snack.
For drinks, Coopers Pub on Burnhamthorpe is a staple. It’s been there since I was in high school. It’s kind of your standard pub but for me it’s just where my friends and I would always gather for drinks. Even when we all went away for university, when we came home for holidays and such, we would meet here for a pint. It was like our version of MacLaren’s Pub on How I Met Your Mother.