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Grilled lamb skewers at Cindy’s Noodle House.
Grilled lamb skewers at Cindy’s Noodle House.
Cathy Chaplin

10 Terrific Places to Eat While Shopping at Arcadia’s Santa Anita Mall

Soup dumplings, Taiwanese sausages, and Korean barbecue

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Grilled lamb skewers at Cindy’s Noodle House.
| Cathy Chaplin

The holiday shopping season is officially underway, and thankfully mall food courts have come a long way in recent years. The dining options inside and nearby the Westfield Santa Anita are some of the best in Los Angeles. From Hainan chicken rice to hot pots with hand-pulled noodles, here now are 10 excellent places to eat while shopping at the Santa Anita mall.

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Din Tai Fung

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Din Tai Fung always has a line of eager dumpling-goers snaking out its doors, so plan ahead especially during peak dining hours and on the weekends. The soup dumplings are a must, as are the spicy wontons and carefully made fried rice.

A steamer full of pleated dumplings
Din Tai Fung
Matthew Kang

Side Chick

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The Hainan chicken rice at Side Chick is deceptively simple — poached chicken and rice accompanied by cucumbers, cilantro, and a few dipping sauces. Take a bite to discover layers of flavor, each one more complex than the last.

Hainan chicken at Side Chick
Hainan chicken at Side Chick
Wonho Frank Lee

EMC Seafood & Raw Bar

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Koreatown’s perpetually busy modern seafood bar brings the same energy to Santa Anita. On the menu is an eclectic selection of cooked and raw offerings. The uni pasta and the tarragon-topped lobster roll are both worth savoring.

Porkfolio Korean BBQ

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For a mid-shopping food coma, look no further than Porkfolio. The specialty here is grilled pork belly flavored eight different ways, along with more common Korean barbecue cuts. Everything is cooked table-side and served with minimal banchan.

Dongpo Restaurant 眉州东坡

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Here at the second U.S. outlet of the Beijing-based Sichuan restaurant, diners indulge in crispy plates of fried chicken, steamy cauldrons of mapo tofu, and platters of Peking duck carved table-side. Consider this dining room the prettiest in the whole mall.

HaiDiLao Hotpot

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Whichever set menu one settles on here, be it seafood-focused or squarely land-based, make sure to order the hand-pulled noodles to go with it. Skilled “noodle dancers” flit to each table, whipping and pulling stretchy balls of dough and plopping the finished product into the hot broth to cook.

Kiyosuzu

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Pop into this simple mom-and-pop restaurant owned by Olympian Mirai Nagasu’s parents for dependably good Japanese cooking. The lunchtime specials are always a steal, like the udon noodles with spicy cod roe.

Cindy's Noodle House

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Here at Cindy’s Noodle House, Shaanxi- and Henan-style noodles and lamb dishes reign supreme. Start with a few cold appetizers selected from the front display, then move onto the grilled lamb skewers crusted in cumin and dried chilies. To finish, a bowl of the restaurant’s signature lamb noodle soup.

101 Noodle Express

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It’s all about the beef roll at the Arcadia outlet of this San Gabriel Valley institution. The hefty beef roll is comprised of a fried wheat pancake smeared with a hoisin-like bean paste and stuffed with fresh cilantro and thin cuts of beef.

Sinbala

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Come to Sinbala for a taste of Taiwanese night market food. The sausages are a highlight, and the ones topped with fried basil and served with garlic slivers are particularly good. Round out lunch with oyster pancakes and popcorn chicken.

A trio of Taiwanese sausages.
Sinbala
Cathy Chaplin

Din Tai Fung

A steamer full of pleated dumplings
Din Tai Fung
Matthew Kang

Din Tai Fung always has a line of eager dumpling-goers snaking out its doors, so plan ahead especially during peak dining hours and on the weekends. The soup dumplings are a must, as are the spicy wontons and carefully made fried rice.

A steamer full of pleated dumplings
Din Tai Fung
Matthew Kang

Side Chick

Hainan chicken at Side Chick
Hainan chicken at Side Chick
Wonho Frank Lee

The Hainan chicken rice at Side Chick is deceptively simple — poached chicken and rice accompanied by cucumbers, cilantro, and a few dipping sauces. Take a bite to discover layers of flavor, each one more complex than the last.

Hainan chicken at Side Chick
Hainan chicken at Side Chick
Wonho Frank Lee

EMC Seafood & Raw Bar

Koreatown’s perpetually busy modern seafood bar brings the same energy to Santa Anita. On the menu is an eclectic selection of cooked and raw offerings. The uni pasta and the tarragon-topped lobster roll are both worth savoring.

Porkfolio Korean BBQ

For a mid-shopping food coma, look no further than Porkfolio. The specialty here is grilled pork belly flavored eight different ways, along with more common Korean barbecue cuts. Everything is cooked table-side and served with minimal banchan.

Dongpo Restaurant 眉州东坡

Here at the second U.S. outlet of the Beijing-based Sichuan restaurant, diners indulge in crispy plates of fried chicken, steamy cauldrons of mapo tofu, and platters of Peking duck carved table-side. Consider this dining room the prettiest in the whole mall.

HaiDiLao Hotpot

Whichever set menu one settles on here, be it seafood-focused or squarely land-based, make sure to order the hand-pulled noodles to go with it. Skilled “noodle dancers” flit to each table, whipping and pulling stretchy balls of dough and plopping the finished product into the hot broth to cook.

Kiyosuzu

Pop into this simple mom-and-pop restaurant owned by Olympian Mirai Nagasu’s parents for dependably good Japanese cooking. The lunchtime specials are always a steal, like the udon noodles with spicy cod roe.

Cindy's Noodle House

Here at Cindy’s Noodle House, Shaanxi- and Henan-style noodles and lamb dishes reign supreme. Start with a few cold appetizers selected from the front display, then move onto the grilled lamb skewers crusted in cumin and dried chilies. To finish, a bowl of the restaurant’s signature lamb noodle soup.

101 Noodle Express

It’s all about the beef roll at the Arcadia outlet of this San Gabriel Valley institution. The hefty beef roll is comprised of a fried wheat pancake smeared with a hoisin-like bean paste and stuffed with fresh cilantro and thin cuts of beef.

Sinbala

A trio of Taiwanese sausages.
Sinbala
Cathy Chaplin

Come to Sinbala for a taste of Taiwanese night market food. The sausages are a highlight, and the ones topped with fried basil and served with garlic slivers are particularly good. Round out lunch with oyster pancakes and popcorn chicken.

A trio of Taiwanese sausages.
Sinbala
Cathy Chaplin

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