Combining Chinese and Jamaican food can only result in one thing- Ultimate Comfort Food.
Jamaica and many places in the Caribbean have a respectable Chinese population due to immigration for work back in the mid-19th century. This combination of two very distinct flavour profiles work incredibly well which is why I suspect many of these dishes are incredibly popular both in Jamaica and in North America.
I actually walked past Patois on my way back from the Chocolate Tasting tour a couple of weekends ago and I thought it would be a good idea to look them up to see what’s good. I find the Dundas West area is such an underrated neighbourhood in general and definitely needs more attention.
The first item that stuck out to me was a Pineapple Bun Burger that they had. Like SERIOUSLY??!?! Combining the beautiful cookie -topped bun with a succulent burger with all the fixings is such a genius idea! I don’t know why I didn’t think of it first. Some of you may not know what a pineapple bun is, but the name itself is a bit misleading as there isn’t a drop of pineapple in this bun at all.
This Hong Kong bun was dubbed the “pineapple bun” or “bo lo bao” (菠蘿包) due to it’s pineapple like appearance of the cookie top that the bun has. I did a recipe earlier this year of the Japanese cousin of this bun, called the melonpan bun (it somewhat resembles a melon). When done right, the pineapple bun has a delicate cookie top that is slightly sweet and the bun itself is relatively airy and light.
The sandwich was as amazing as I thought it would be. The sweetness of the cookie top works so well with the double beef patties. I was afraid they would put pickles or something sour in it which would have thrown the burger off a bit with the sweet pineapple bun but the fixings all worked together nicely.
For dessert, I tried their jack fruit beignets. I think what they did was probably take the canned version and coated it with batter to deep fry. Biting into one of these was like biting in a deep fried chunk of honey, so sweet, so good, so diabeetus.
I loved the decor that they had on the wall which included some vintage plates with Chinese designs on them. Reminds of my grandmother’s home and her fine china.
The food here is amazing and definitely worth trying, next time I’m here, I’m going for the Jerk Chicken Chow Mein :9
Until we dine again,
-The Piquey Eater