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Pacific Mall - Recs for Mall Snacks + Nearby Resto for Dins

I've never been to Pacific Mall. By the end of this week-end, I hope I won't be able to say that anymore.

So my questions are...if we head up there late afternoon, any yummy snack recs that won't kill our dinner appetite? Also, once we're up there - and we've never tried any of the Chinese restaurants up that way - where should we go for dins and what should we order? Anywhere within a 10 minute radius is okay. Unfortunately, there are only 2 of us so we won't be able to try that many dishes (though extra food + doggie bags are just fine). Lobster 4-ways at Omei (can you do it with 2 people)? Casa Victoria? Casa Imperial? It needn't be fancy, though we'd like to sit for 90 minutes or so since it is "date night" after all. Thanks!

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  1. I don't even remember what it's called, but in the central mall in the food court is a place that is the only place I can find that serves the fresh noodles that come from Xinjiang. I lived on them when I was in China. They'll make the noodles fresh and make you a soup with eggs and tomatoes (vegetarian) that is to die for. Mmmm....

    1. Go upstairs to the food court. There will be two places that sell Egg Waffles. I just got them not more than an hour ago and thought they were pretty good, (though lacking some chew). If you face the super-asian entry way to the food court, go along the left aisle and you'll hit a candy store with the waffle-making fronting that aisle. The other one is if you go through the centre, it should be on your right hand side, after you cross the "bridge"

      You may wish to get one from each and compare!!

      Looks like this (it's not a great photo): http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlunar/2...

      1. I like the Great Kan Mongolian grill on the north side of the parking lot behind Pacific Mall.

        You get to make up your own meals of raw food and then watch as they cook it in front of you.

        1. For snacks, there's a place around stall A65 NE corner of mall (I forget the name, but I found the stall# on their site), which has the best durian ice cream shake bubble drink.

          I also go across the Market Village, next to the soya bean shop, there's a few ladies working feverishly behind a glass wall making sweet crisp waffle rolls. I prefer the flatter ones, which as a bit of coconut in it as well. Very addictive. Don't give them small change though, they'll curse you like they did me.

          For restos, you can try the following

          Spicy/Sichuan - Ba Shu Ren Jia south of Pacific Mall across the street on Steeles, or Szechuan Legend on Midland, just north of Finch

          Shanghai - Hi Shanghai at the new mall south of Pacific Mall

          Cantonese - Maple Yip further south at Sheppard and Midland

          1. Thank you for all of the recs - everything sounds yummy. If we can avoid stuffing ourselevs with mall snacks, we will try and venture out to one of the restaurants. I'm feeling up for some good Cantonese - any particular dishes you'd recommend at Maple Yip, royaljelly (or anyone else)?

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            1. re: peppermint pate

              My wife usually does the ordering at Maple Yip (as I can't read Chinese), but we usually get the bird's nest w/ shrimp, sweet n sour pork, maybe a steamed fish, a fried chicken and some whatever's fresh stir fried veggies. They have free soup and dessert too.

              It's not exactly a "date" type of resto, so you might want to go out with w/ your sweetie for some proper Chinese dessert nearby. Others might have better suggests for that, as I'm out of the loop for that kind of stuff now. I recall one of those cool-looking tea house style places that's popular w/ the younger kids on Silverstar Blvd, right next to the No Frills.

              1. re: Royaljelly

                That tea house is probably Destiny Tea House (which has ... not the best reputation). For dessert houses, one I remember is in the plaza at Finch and McCowan (Double Ming Chinese Dessert?) Not sure.

                However, if you're not used to ordering Chinese desserts (or like them in general), this might be better visited with someone who can guide you.

              2. re: peppermint pate

                very close to pmall is midland ave where there is an even greater choice of chinese restaurants. Personally I prefer the restaurants on midland to the ones right around pmall (with the exception of Ba Shu Ren Jia...I love that place).

                I've been disappointed with the Fantasy Eatery there but when I think about it, its still pretty good. Lively place. Keung's Delight looks to be a nicer and more modern atmosphere. I haven't been there but I think its the same as the one at Warden&Steeles which I like, pretty consistent cantonese.

                Oh yeah at the food court jlunar talked about (the one hidden inside not the one out in the open), there is a place selling xinjiang bbq lamb and other meat skewers. I never tried them but generally I like those foods.

              3. Date nights come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes, the opportunity to take a wee break from the kids while exploring a "not too distant but worlds apart" corner of your own city while taking in some yummy chow is all that's needed. And so...

                Walking inside Pacific Mall, we were instantly transported back to some of the big "stall-malls" we went to in Bangkok. Our first attempt was to get the durian milkshake with bubbles that royaljelly recommended - we got to a65 and found that it itself was a bubble drink place called Food Jungle. We waited 10 minutes in line but when we got to the front, we found out they were out of tapioca - it would be another 20 minutes till they had a fresh batch. Boo hoo, we meandered down that row and about 6 shops later, there was another bubble tea place which advertised the same drink. Another 5 minute wait later and it turns out they no longer serve durian shakes - argh! So I'm not sure which was the right place but we struck out either way - next time!!

                Up the escalator and into the food court, we found bgreenhouse's noodle place, Sun's Kitchen. Everything looked amazing. We felt like something with meat so we shared a bowl of the shredded chicken noodle soup - I thought the broth was a little bland (even with chili sauce) but the noodles were fantastic - really toothsome, different widths, very good. And what's the little soy drink they serve with it? That was good too. When I picked up our bowl, there was someone else's order of noodles with spicy minced pork and pieces of cucumber that looked so yummy - it still haunts me now and it's top of my list for next time. On our way out, we stopped at jlunar's egg waffle shop, the one in front of the candy store - we popped those warm little guys into our mouths with great joy. You definitely need to eat them warm. Delish. Dying to know the contents of those large glass jars in the candy shop as everything was pretty unrecognizable to me.

                We drove down Midland to Maple Yip amazed at all the huge, packed restaurants along the way. I made note of Fantasy Eatery as it seemed especially popular. And a bunch of dessert places. Okay, so we get to Maple Yip - I can definitely say we never would have found this place but for this board. The restaurant was packed but we only had to wait 10 minutes for a table. We ordered the steamed fresh fish (waiter recommended the bass - queen bass maybe? - over the garoupa), stir friend pea sprouts with garlic and a stir fried jumbo prawns (near as I can tell, these were the fresh ones). Everything had clean, fresh, lovely flavours. I wished we could have tried more - next table had a scallop and bean curd in hot pot that looked great. Everybody was very nice, though it's funny to hear that soup and dessert are supposed to be free - the waiter offered us dessert "on the house", which I thought was so sweet of him to comp us but now I'm thinking, hey, where was our soup...:)

                The non-chow highlight - intrigued by all the people sitting in those massage chairs at Pacific Mall, I had to have a go. I sat down in what I would soon learn was the top of the line Panasonic Pro Duo blah blah blah chair - I dialed up a shiatsu massage and the experience quickly went from a lark to my falling in love with the chair. Seriously, those things are amazing. You had to see my husband's face as he started to wonder if I might seriously be considering the - gulp - $5500 impulse purchase...no, I wasn't but oooh, that was a pretty fine chair.

                Thanks all for the recs - a VERY fun night!

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                1. re: peppermint pate

                  The soy milk you had is the Chinese version called 豆漿 (dou jiang), you can easily found it in Chinese supermarkets for $2 a jug. There is also a shop in Market Village that sells it, they also sell fresh made tofu.

                  The free soup you missed out on is often given at most Cantonese restaurants, it's called lai tong. I find that they generally only give it to Chinese customers. Why? Mostly because white people might find the soup intimidating w/ the mystery bits of pork neck bone and Chinese herbs.

                  1. re: aser

                    My son and Iove nibbling away on that plate of soup meat and beans! It's not high quality meat though, but when you're hungry it doesn't matter. Even better if there's spine bones and I can suck the marrow out, yum.

                    BTW, I was at market village today and realized that waffle place doesn't make the coconut filled flat waffles anymore that I loved. Instead they sell the more popular rolls and the little egg waffles.

                2. The food court there is amazing. I would stay there for dinner. The booth to the left of Sun's Noodles (can't remember what that one is called) has the best Shanghai Noodles I have ever tasted. The food court on the other side is cheaper and quite good too. There are a couple places that you'll see right away- the first is a big white booth, the two booths to the left are both very good.

                  edit: just realized I'm too late- I'll leave this up for next time or someone else.

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                  1. re: billfrist

                    Our favourite at PMall is definitely Sun's Noodle. The beef stew soup noodle. And the noodle with spicy minced meat.

                    It's neat to watch them take a piece of dough and spin it into thin noodles right before your eyes. Nothing like chewy al dente fresh pasta.

                    Another one we like is the wonton noodle place at Market Village close to the MacDonalds. Some may not like the gigantic sized shrimp wontons but nothing like a bowl of wonton noodles on a winter day with lots of chili oil.