Golden Shopping Mall Update - New Stalls
The lower level of vendors now appears like this...once you head down the stairs, starting from the left and going clockwise:
Stall 31 Chengdu Heaven
Stall 32 Satisfactory Wenzhou
Stall 33 Guizhou Beef and Lamb Meat Rice and Wheat Noodle House
Stall 15 _____
I don't know the name, it looked like a hot pot place and they had a meat slicer, can anybody help identify? It's got a larger dining area with real tables/booths and a mesh ceiling.
Stall 16 Wenzhou Ju Family Mini Meal aka Wenzhou Zhu Ji Xiao Chi
Then a NEW (?) room with people eating hot pot past stall 16 -- IIRC this room used to be empty/closed. Also, it looked like servers from Stall 15 were rushing back and forth to this new room:
Stall 38 House of Xie
Stall 36 Xian Famous Foods
Stall 1A Nan Bei Dumplings
Then, inside the DVD store, a seating area for the NEW stall 36A.
Stall 36A *NEW*
Continuing onwards clockwise
Stall 27 Lanzhou Hand Pulled Noodles
Stall 30 *NEW* used to be a purse/handbag shop if I recall correctly
Mi Ni Sweet Food
Photos of all stalls as of Nov 2009:
Previous map done by someone else:
OK, maybe someone here can tell me what I ate. There's a place to the left of the Xian Famous Foods stall with a steam table, and then around the corner from that they have trays of dumpling type things. I purchased, for $1, something about the size of a hockey puck that was filled with some sort of meat (pork?) and lots of onions.
I was really happy about the whole thing and will definitely try this again, but I'm not entirely sure what it was! I *think* it was from the House of Xie? What is a Xie, and what type of house do they usually live in? Seriously--what cuisine is this, the flavor combination was unfamiliar to me, at least in Chinese cooking.
if it is the place that kathryn posted, the restaurant is from tianjin which is a city in the northeast of china
i believe the thing you ate is called a xian bing according to how that picture looks and how you described the bun although its possible that people in tianjin have a different name for it (not all regions of china call a dish the same name, think like calling a sandwich a sub vs a hoagie). I'm not any type of expert in tianjin food and generally northern chinese food is fairly foreign to me since i didn't grow up eating it, but i eat xian bing all the time at a taiwanese place in LA that has alot of northern chinese dishes on its menu (remember taiwanese food is an amalgamation of various chinese provinces and some influence from indigenous taiwanese). I've also seen it served at all types of northern chinese places (not just tianjin), so im not totally clear where it is originally from except it's likely from northern china.
with regards to you question about xie. in chinese the name of the place is "xie jia cai" which literally translates to "xie family / home food". Xie is a surname, so the owners likely have the surname "xie"
awesome listing kathryn!
i'll report that the famous liang peir at xian has fallen off slightly over time since its mention in that great interactive nytimes piece that had us all running over to golden mall. there is less variety of noodles, etc on the plate. nevertheless its still a mighty tasty dish and i am still there every other friday afternoon inhaling them as usual.
otoh landzhou continues as usual. i had the mutton bowl recently and it was a good as ever. nothing beats eating a warm tasty bowl of fresh noodles while watching them reappear magically as they stretch & bang the dough on the counter, it's hypnotic theater.
I had an enjoyable plate of won tons at Stall 36A. I don't have the expertise to identify the filling or fresh/frozen. A slight amount of spicy sauce was added. It was garnished with some bits of something on top. Different than a Sichuan won ton with lots of pepper sauce.
Thanks for the report. 29 and 30 look appealing.
29 - Their main sign says:
"A Xu" Seafood Store
Cooked and Stir-Fried Appetizers
30: The main sign in yellow lists their specialties....from left to right:
Henan Flavors.......All Kinds of ?.....Spicy Diced Chicken Rice Dishes
? ............ ?........... Beef Noodles ...... Lamb something...