Richmond - Pacific East Mall
Thank you Chowhounds for all your tips … and patience ... with all these posts since I ‘discovered’ Pacific East Mall last week.
I’m not comfortable with Asian cuisine … it’s such a vast subject and intimidates me.
That might have been the reason I’ve put off going to Pacific East Mall. However, I found it very non-Asian friendly. About 99 % of everything is in both English and Chinese though not all the people who work there might speak perfect … or sometimes much … English.
But I loved it and found it a great place. Haven’t run into any aggressive Asian grannies yet. So armed with a little more knowledge I look forward to many happy days of eating and shopping in the future.
Thanks all again.
Here are all the posts in one place.
99 Ranch Market … strawberry macarons & $2 congee
168 Restaurant, stinky tofu & Taiwanese buns
Andaman Thai Cuisine
Chinese chestnut cart
Coriya Hot Pot City
Best of Daimo Chinese Restaurant
Great Szechuan / Great Szechwan
J & S Coffee & Tea House – Ham, pork ear & pork patty sandwich
Joyco Foods …soft shell crabs, alligator & frozen mochi
Pho Saigon II Vietnamese Restaurant
Sheng Kee Bakery … piroshki & sun cake
Ten Ren Tea Company
Tw Bestway Foods – Saving the best for last … Taiwanese preserved fruit, pork jerky, hot jelly drinks
VH Noodle House
World Ginseng Herb Company
I think that covers it food-wise.
Sushi & Roll is due to open in a space that has had a number of businesses ... Goldilocks ... Ay Chung ... Da Chang Jin ... could be more. Someone said it might be a landlord charging too much rather than a cursed location. Good luck Sushi & Roll.
I’m not sure if the herb shop counts as food. Wan Fung Chinese Herbal is the only store with no English except the English sign at the back of the store with shop name. Even the business card had no English Sure smelled good in there though.There is a back wall that has lots of wooden drawers, holding herbs, I assume. Lots of bagged things and a desk where they consult with customers.
I checked out Hookah Hut in the back of Stogies Smoke Shop. They don’t sell food … there’s just a hookah bar and billards there. However, anyone who wants hookahs and food … there’s certainly enough restaurants at Pacific East Mall … just not Mid-Eastern.
And what is a hookah bar doing in an Asian mall anyway?
I noticed there is parking both in back and in front of the building. Is there a back entrance or do you have to walk to the front?
"I’m not comfortable with Asian cuisine … it’s such a vast subject and intimidates me"
Ha! When I first started logging onto CH a few months ago and read your posts, I could've sworn you WERE Chinese. Please take that as a compliment . . .
In addition to the main entrances on the west side of the mall there's one the north side and I used to use an entrance on the east side that looked more like a service entrance.
A few updates ...
Sushi & Roll came and went. It is now a Korean restaurant again ... Korean Kitchen II
The waffle/bahn mi guy moved out of J & S Coffee & Tea House into his own space also near 168 restaurant
Hong Kong Snack House – Green waffles and fish balls
looking at all of your posts listed under one roof, all posted over the course of a few days, all of them exhaustively researched...fills me with awe. i somehow think that any aggressive asian grannies had better steer clear of you and your quest for good food. i only wish i could've been of any help at all, but while i've been to the mall, my memories are hopelessly fuzzy. good luck.