Langham Place Eats
When we got to Langham Place mall, we were beat, after a long day of browsing the stalls at Mongkok’s Ladies’ Market and shopping, we were ready for dinner. My hubby and I always make the mistake of picking the first place we see. We were once driving home from Point Roberts and craved sushi, we stopped at the first tiny family-run sushi restaurant we saw in Delta. The sashimi was thinly sliced and not fresh and while we were driving away, we passed by a giant Japanese restaurant just 2 doors down. If only we had waited a few more seconds!
We made the same mistake at Langham Place. As we were coming down the escalator we saw a Mos Burger, a Starbucks and a few other small Hong Kong cafe-style food booths. “This can’t be it for food!” We kept telling each other, especially in such a mammoth mall but we were so hungry and tired we settled for Mos Burger.
Mos Burger is a Japanese fast food chain serving up burgers, fries and shakes. Hubby had the Teriyaki burger, which was smothered in sweet and sour Teriyaki sauce. The beef patty was juicy and moist and my husband seemed to like it, then again, he was super hungry so maybe not the best judge of tasty food at that moment.
I ordered the Yakiniku rice burger because I was so curious about the rice buns. The burger was much tinier than my husband’s Teriyaki burger but it was stuffed to the max with tender strips of beef so it was still very filling. And the rice burger was interesting, shaped like two burger buns, the rice burger still had the sticky, chewy consistency of rice and soaked up the sauce from the beef much more than a regular burger bun would. However, I still think the rice burger is a gimmick and if I closed my eyes, I would still think I’m eating a beef rice bowl as opposed to a burger.
After our light dinner, I went to search for a washroom and lo and behold, walked through a huge food court to get to the ladies room. “D’oh!” I thought to myself. We did it again! After I went back to my hubby to tell him about this whole other food court I found on the other side of the mall, he had to see it for himself.
Too bad we weren’t that hungry but there were lots of options, there was an Ippudo ramen place, a Japanese curry restaurant, a Taiwanese dumpling and noodle house, along with more burger places and some dessert booths too. But I had to try something so we chose Pepper Lunch Express, only because every time we went to a food court, we would see loads of people with these sizzling hot plates from Pepper Lunch and we were so curious what the hype was all about.
That’s their schtick at Pepper Lunch, they serve all their food on big cast iron sizzle plates with a band of paper wrapped around the edge of the plate so you don’t get stray splashes of hot oil on you. I ordered the curry chicken pepper rice with cheese because it sounded so weird. My husband and I shared it since we were both pretty full.
The cheese didn’t come melted but just scattered on top of the dish but it soon melted as we mixed everything together. The cast iron plate was sizzling away as we mixed up our food. We finally realized what a clever business model Pepper Lunch is. They basically just serve you a pile of uncooked food and you have to do the rest of the work yourself. No wonder the service is so fast.
The rice plate wasn’t bad. True to its name, it was heavy on the pepper and the curry was spicy too so I was downing the drink that came with this meal like no tomorrow.
All in all, we discovered that there is lots to eat at Langham Place Mall so don’t just settle for the first thing you see like we did!