When visiting Toronto, do try a peameal bacon sandwich which is one of TO's signature dishes.
One of the popular places to try this iconic dish is at the three decades old Carousel Bakery inside the historic St. Lawrence Market where it all started.
Peameal bacon is lean pork loin wet cured in brine and then rolled in ground cornmeal. It used to be rolled in ground peameal, hence the name peameal bacon. It's now peameal in name only as all are rolled in cornmeal nowadays.
Peameal bacon was developed by William Davies who came to Toronto from England in 1854. He sold his peameal bacon at his stall right here at the St. Lawrence Market.
Carousel Bakery provides just counter service, serving their popular freshly made sandwiches, wraps, bread and pastries.
There are ample places to sit and enjoy our meals at St. Lawrence Market surrounded by butchers, fishmongers, bakers, grocers etc. We can also eat our food at the picnic tables outside but it was raining today 😄
Carousel Bakery's classic peameal bacon sandwich comes with the slices of bacon wrapped between their freshly baked, lightly browned 6-inch bun - that is all. The whole thing is kept warm, wrapped in paper lined with shiny foil. This costs CDN6.45 before tax.
The thin slices of peameal bacon is slightly browned as it was lightly seared on a sizzling flat iron griddle.
I like the spongy bouncy tender texture of the moist, thin slice of bacon. It's flavour is mildly briny, salty - quite flat tasting, actually.
The bun has a stiff chewy shell with a slight crisp outside. The inside has a slight moistness soaking up some grease and juice from the peameal bacon. The plain bun itself doesn't have much flavour.
👉 The classic peameal bacon sandwich is a very simple, non fanciful dish. Just the good peameal bacon between plain buns with no garnish or sauces. Carousel's peameal bacon sandwich is as pure as it gets. Do get to know this traditional TO food icon, if you are visiting Toronto.
If you must spice your peameal bacon sandwich up, may I suggest maple sweetened Canadian mustard 😄
For a more dressed up version, try it at Rashers 👈 click
Read more about the St. Lawrence Market 👈 click
Address: Upper level, #42, St. Lawrence Market
Hours: 8:00am to 6:00pm (Sun and Mon closed)
Tel: 416 363 4247
St. Lawrence Market
Address: 93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3
GPS: 43°38'57.1"N 79°22'18.3"W | 43.649203, -79.371742
Date: 19 Apr 2017