To the uninitiated, Pacific Mall on Scarborough's outer limits is a maze of herbal remedy shops, bric-a-brac boutiques and bubble tea emporia.
But in the upper food court you'll find foodie destination Dong Bei Wang (4300 Steeles East, second floor, unit H5, at Kennedy, 905-947-8463, rating: NNNN ), a modest takeout stand where owner/chef Wei Qi Yan, using his noodle, has become one of the few chefs in town who still throw their own fresh noodles daily. He flips them pizza-style before plunging them into various deeply flavoured broths to create super instant soups. And since you're out here, don't miss the tasty Tokyo-style vegetarian street food across the court at Fusion Tofu (unit E237, 416-936-9775, rating: NNN ) and the fabulous oval waffles at Tung Tung Dan Quen King (unit 105, 905-948-1288, rating: NNN ) that taste like a delicious collision between ginger snaps and crepes.
Although no one on the avenue bothers to make them fresh any more, recently revamped King's Noodle (296 Spadina, at Dundas West, 416-598-1817, rating: NNN ) is the best of downtown Chinatown's remaining noodle houses. A steaming bowl of lo mein topped with barbecued duck still goes for under four bucks, the perfect late-night refuelling.