What are you able to eat on the Oshawa Markets meals court docket? Every little thing from boondi laddoo to pizza

Libin George and his wife, Jamila Rupawala, recently opened TidBits Indian Desserts at the Oshawa Markets.

Six months after the Oshawa Markets opened its doors, the food court has become a destination for foodies looking for Indian desserts, cabbage rolls, pizza, bubble tea and everything in between.

“The food court at Oshawa Markets is so unique because it truly is an international hub of food,” says Oshawa Markets owner Erik Tamm. “You get authentic food inspired by cultures around the world … the authenticity of the food here will take you on a travel around the world, without ever having to leave our food court.”

TidBit’s Indian Desserts is one of the newest additions to the food court.

It opened April 30 serving classic Indian sweets like boondi laddoo and gulab jamun as well as some hard-to-find items.

Owner Libin George says having his own business has always been a dream — it took 12 years to make it a reality and he still works a full-time job during the week.

“Indian desserts are known as ‘mithai’ in our culture, and no celebration is complete without them, whether it’s a birthday party, baby shower, engagement party, wedding, or social gathering,” George says. “Durham didn’t have many Indian dessert shops. People had to travel all the way to Markham, Scarborough, Brampton or Mississauga to get good ethnic mithais after moving to Durham.”

Desserts are TidBits are halal and some are also gluten-free and vegan.

The most popular menu items are milk cake, green pistachio burfi, dilbahar, kalakand and gulab jamun.

“There is a unique flavor to Indian desserts. As vibrant as our culture is, our food also has a unique taste, texture and colour,” George says.

What else can you eat at the Oshawa Markets food court?


This local popcorn biz can be found at farmers markets throughout Durham as well as Oshawa Markets. Flavors include classics like movie butter and sweet and salty as well as a rotation of specialty flavors, such as cheesy bacon, salted caramel and jalapeño ghost pepper cheddar.


Crispy pockets come stuffed with fillings like jerk chicken, curry chicken, ackee and salt fish, or steak and cheese. You can also find jerk chicken soup and jerk chicken fried rice.


Jamaican and Caribbean food, including jerk chicken, oxtail, ackee and salt fish, curry goat, patties and plantain.


Mini donuts dusted with classic cinnamon sugar, or options like strawberry cheesecake, s’mores or salted carmel.


A big menu of coffee, tea, espresso and frappachino drinks along with baked goods and soft serve ice-cream.


A bakery offering meat pies, butter tarts, cabbage roles, scotch pies, sausage rolls, samosas and perogies with a variety of fillings.


Smoothies and juices made with fresh fruits and veggies, there’s also the option to add extras like protein, chia or flax. Popular items include the mango smoothie and green smoothie.


Cured meats, different types of jerky and pepperettes, cheese and cheese curds. You can also find a section for dog treats and bones.


Halal Indian food, including samosas, butter chicken, tandoori chicken, biryani and vegetarian dishes.


This longtime Oshawa pizza joint recently opened a location at the food court serving pizza by the slice along with chicken fingers, burgers, fries and poutine.


A bubble tea spot with a big menu of milk teas, black teas and green teas along with slushies and smoothies. Slushy and smoothie flavor options include red bean coconut, mango papaya and chocolate banana.

We want to hear about your favorite places to eat and drink in Durham! Old favourites, hidden gems, new restaurants opening, awesome food trucks. Send your great eats to reporter Jillian Follert at [email protected].

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