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Amy Chyan

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Toronto Taiwanese Hot Spot is the Product of an Asian Mom Who Sacrificed All For Her Sons

When gleaming photos of a new dumpling shop started popping up in the explore feed of my anonymous food Instagram account, I knew I had to double tap and investigate myself. Growing up on your mother’s Taiwanese home cooking, you’ll always want to challenge any authenticity claims.

After reading that Chop Chop TO is a family run restaurant, I instinctively knew it was more than just about food. Keeping it all in the family is fairly typical of a Chinese business, but this pointed to the universal love language of Asian parents who don’t show physical affection: I love you so I will help you and give you everything I can. The sacrifices and endless support replace those out the door pecks on the cheek and the audible “I Love You” phrase.