Chinatown—The community-driven Harvest Community Foods originally came out of the This Space campaign (also winner of The Heart of Chinatown for which I was a judge) looking to serve its local residents with fresh produce.
Over the years, Harvest has evolved and become a well-regarded fixture in its Strathcona neighbourhood for serving and carrying food products of all sorts.
From the small, open kitchen, the favourite pork ramen (with pork shoulder, candied bacon, egg, and radish) has a simple yet rich pork flavour in its broth with a delightfully satisfying taste in every sense.
Burdock & Co. chef and co-owner Andrea Carlson, who took over operations a few years ago, has kept the same flavours continuing to focus on all things local and fresh.
I also found the vegan-friendly dry rice noodles (with hazelnut, smoked chilli, and greens), while very basic, still rather satisfying in the most comforting of ways. The peanut sauce in particular was was delicious.
Harvest remains a quaint and charming anomaly for, not only serving a small menu of tasty east meets west noodle dishes, but for also, being a good source of seasonal produce and a reliable supply of locally made products.
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