How Guytoi Court Got Its Name

Passing by Guytoi court, I often wondered where that odd duck name came from . It seemed to stick out like a sort thumb amongst such other pastoral, English compound names as ‘Overland’, ‘Greenland’ ‘Deepwoods’ and the like. Well, as you might surmise, there is a story behind it. It turns out the original planners of Don Mills liked to frequent a nearby Chinese restaurant for lunch, where they would always order a dish called ‘Guy Toi Soup’. They liked it so much, in fact, they named a street after it.

Funnily enough, a little googling turned up the fact that the words ‘Guy Toi’ are Vietnamese – not Chinese (It also turned up more than a few references to ‘Boy Toy’ which was NOT what I wanted. Today, at least.) And I can find no reference to a Guy Toi Soup on the internet. I had so wanted to provide you with a Guytoi Soup recipe, but I guess a standard Vietnamese Noodle Soup (Pho) will have to suffice.

‘Let’s Call It Guy Toi Soup’

6 oz. rice noodles
1/4 lb. snow peas
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 cup sliced shallots
3 slices of ginger, smashed
1 tsp. minced green chile, with seeds
3-1/2 cups beef broth
1-3/4 cups water
1/2 lb. sliced chicken or beef
6 oz. bean sprouts
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
3 tbsp. fish sauce
3 tbsp. lime juice
Boil noodles for 4 minutes. Add snow peas and boil 1 minute. Drain and rinse in cold water. Divide noodles and peas among 4 large soup bowls. Dry saucepan, add oil and heat over med heat. Add shallots, ginger, snow peas and chile and cook till shallots are browned, about 7 minutes. Add stock and water, bring to simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, divide beef or chicken, sprouts and herbs among the bowls. Remove ginger from broth and discard. Stir in fish sauce, and lime juice. Eat.

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3 Responses to How Guytoi Court Got Its Name

  1. Barb H says:

    Many years ago when I was growing up in Don Mills, we pronounced the name of this street ‘guy-toy’. Not too long ago, a neighbour on my street moved there. She was originally from French Canada and said that she thought that the street name was of French derivation. She called it ‘gee twa’. I actually think that ‘gee twa’ sounds better. Just like Target, the USA fashion forward department store sounds better as ‘Tar-jea’.

  2. Jane says:

    Gee-Twa! Hilarious!

  3. barney says:

    guytoi was a funny name for us and we wud call it either “guytoy” or “gweetwoi” we keep arguing on how its pronounced!

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