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Sep 28, 2009 02:52 PM

Hand Pulled Noodles

Hi Everyone,

Do you where in Toronto you can authentic hand pulled noodles? I know there used to be (?) one in Pacific Mall. But is there one nearer downtown?


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  1. Mother's Dumplings has a hand-pulled noodle option for their da lu noodles. Delicious. Don't get the machine made noodles.

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      Thanks for this, TorontoJo. I have only tried the dumplings (yum) but will have to go back for the da lu noodles as the weather gets colder.

      1. re: Yum2MyTum

        You mean like today? :)

        The noodles really make it -- I've had the soup both ways, and the hand pulled noodles make all the difference. The dish is really quite simple, even plain, but the chewy noodles in the nice thick broth with some chili sauce added make for a really comforting meal. When I first had it, it was with the machine made noodles, and I couldn't understand the appeal. Hope you enjoy it.

        1. re: TorontoJo

          How do hand pulled noodles taste different than machine made noodles?

          1. re: Crispy skin

            The texture is much better with the hand pulled noodles -- they are thicker and chewier. The machine made noodles are thin and flat and get overcooked too quickly so that they get mushy.

          2. re: TorontoJo

            Oh, TorontoJo, it's only September! : ) I meant when it's sub-zero. I like to pretend it's still summer.

            Delicious sounding. I will report back when I try it out!

            Also - I have to say that while the noodles are great at the Pacific Mall stand, the soup base is super salty and greasy, and the meat quality is not very good.

            1. re: Yum2MyTum

              The da lu noodles are lovely, and a thanks to pinstripeprincess for steering me towards it originally. But I'll make the same caveat that I think she gave me -- this is not gourmet food, so please don't go in with skewed expectations! It's a simple, basic bowl of noodles, broth and some minced meat and scallions. It's home cooking, and can sometimes be undersalted. But I'll take undersalted than oversalted anyday. I just jazz it up with some of the chili sauce and sometimes a splash of soy and black vinegar.

              And ha, I'd love to pretend it's still summer, but the cold winds and driving rain are making it very difficult. A big ass bowl of da lu noodles sounds like just the ticket today!

              1. re: TorontoJo

                aww you're welcome, but i'm sure someone else steered me here as well though i can't recall who at the moment... i want to say... xtal. my best description of this place is that it reminds me of the days when i would go visit my grandparents in quebec and would enter their cinderblock house to be met with the aromas of simple and homey chinese food and the expectation that i would be working a dumpling press for at least one day of my stay. winter melons, greens of all kinds, etc grew up in rows and rows of their otherwise asphalt backyard... and mothers dumplings brings me right back to those moments of peering through the leaves while waiting for lunch. it's a hardworking place that has no pretension and those da lu noodles, specifically, have all the heart of my grandmother's cooking. the cabbage and woodear mushrooms really make the dish.

                and yeah.. those pacific mall noodles are great but everything else about it fails. i never bother with them anymore because it's a big of a bowl of disappointment they don't put more effort in!

        2. re: TorontoJo

          sad to say, i decided to head to mother's dumplings to get the da lu noodles with the handpulled noodles option, and the server said they didnt have "no more, next month." nonetheless i just got the regular noodles and an order of pork and leek dumplings... noodle broth was way too oily, and the dumplings were nothing special. hopefully when they move to their new location, itll be better

        3. Ding Tai fung at Hwy 7 and Woodbine has hand pulled noodle. Technically this is north of toronto but if you are willing to go to pacific mall this isn't too much further. They have great scallion pancakes too!

          1. FYI. The stall at Pacific mall is still there. Take the escalator at the north side to the first floor. Walk to the stalls on the south side of the first floor, entering on the right hand entrance way. The stall is about 5 down on your right.

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            1. re: fogducker

              Do you know what flour the hand pulled noodles are made out of?

              1. re: fogducker

                I liked the Pacific Mall noodles with duck.

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                1. Bump. Any changes or additions to this list. Craving some really good noodles....

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                  1. re: PoppiYYZ

                    I LOVE the hand made noodles at Chinese Traditional buns. Just had another meal there last night.

                    1. re: haggisdragon

                      I agree about CTB. Went last week for buns and dan dan noodles (hand made, of course). It was all great.