'Hot and Spicy Girls' transform sandwich shop into dumpling destination

Regina women turn traditional soup and sandwich shop into a hot and spicy destination for downtown diners.

Restaurant owner is third generation to start Chinese restaurant in Sask.

Amanda Toy and Pin Gong run Biscuits and Broth at 1950 Hamilton Street in Regina. (Nichole Huck CBC )

Despite the name, Biscuits and Broth serves up much more than soup and sandwiches.

In January of 2015, Amanda Toy took over ownership of the little shop at 1950 Hamilton Street in downtown Regina.

The first thing she did was renovate the place, turning it from a soup-to-go stop into a cozy restaurant with seating for the lunch crowd. 

Toy moved to Regina from China 17 years ago for love. While her children were in school, she spent five years working at the Bank of Montreal. But operating a restaurant was something that always interested her. 

Toy comes by it honestly. Both her grandfather and father ran restaurants in China, her sister opened the Princess Family Restaurant in Prince Albert, and her uncle opened the Welcome Cafe in Nipawin more than 80 years ago.

"Dishes used to cost 25 cents, now they cost a lot more," Toy said with a laugh. 

Toy chose to keep the original name and sign for the Biscuit and Broth Cafe. When her friend Pin Gong, who goes by Jennifer, joined her in September they added a Chinese name.

Toy explained the name translates into "Hot and Spicy Girls".

Pin used to run a Chinese restaurant in the Golden Mile Shopping Centre but sold that business when she went back to China to get married. The duo are now experimenting with different flavours in their menu. The most popular items include beef stew rice noodle and meat dumpling in spicy sauce. 

This is part of The Morning Edition's series on Regina restaurants. If you have a hidden gem in Regina you would like people to know more about, email morningedition@cbc.ca.


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