Where does one go on New Year's Day when everything is closed? You go to a Chinese mall and find that everything is open. The food court, a continuation of the the tour started with my parents on Christmas day. There are a lot of decent places to grab a bite to eat at the Yaohan Food Court, and it's probably more authentic than most other food courts. Whenever I see a Chinese place at say Granville Island, Richmond Centre, Lansdowne or some mall downtown, I shudder when I see what is passed off as "Chinese food" - all weird and wonderful colors, and EVERYTHING is shiny.
The noodle place always has a crowd hovering around it.
My favourite at this place - zha liang. The Chinese donut in the middle is always crispy and the noodles are always nice and moist. These guys are made to order, guaranteed to be fresh. The congee here is pretty good at this place as well, I've never tried the noodles or wontons.