The Cathay Plaza, also known as Torchin Plaza, was, along with the Dragon Centre on Sheppard Avenue East and the Agincourt Plaza, one of the original strip malls that drove the extension of Scarborough’s Chinese businesses. The mall nowadays features a variety of East-Asian and East-Asian cuisines and businesses, as well as a halal butcher.
David Chuenyan Lai. Chinatowns: towns within cities in Canada. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1988, 170
Wing K. Yung, "Ethnicity and Public Policy The Chinese in Metropolitan Toronto" (PhD diss., University of Toronto, 1998), 79.