Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Spicy Lai Fun - Ming Tien Food Court, Taman Megah

I am no fan of mega food courts. The stalls are more often than not manned by foreign workers and their food usually isn't up to par. However once in a while you get some surprises. The Ming Tien food court is a huge place with dozens of food stalls. However most of them only open at night. I've tried some that were open during the day time for lunch and I can't say I was impressed.

So it piqued my interest when ST suggested we go there for lunch today to try out a particular dish from a new stall which she claims was very good. I guess most people who read this blog think I am over critical of food places but that's because you've never spoken to ST before. ST is much more critical than I am and when she says something is good then you better believe it!

ST said it was Lai Fun (which people usually eat with Asam Laksa) with some really spicy sauce. I love to eat Lai Fun but other than Asam Laksa it's not usually found in other noodle dishes.

The stall calls itself the "Special Noodle Section" and indeed some of the noodles they sell are pretty special.

The stall names this dish as "Tasty Spicy Fat Glass Noodle" (RM4.00).

The dish was basically some Lai Fun topped with lots of spicy sauce served with crunchy bean sprouts, some forgettable chicken, half a piece of el cheapo fish fillet (which I love to eat, actually), a portion of boiled egg, a slice of lime and some mint leaves. The sauce was great! It was spicy with a hint of peanut. Mix it well with the noodles and the bean sprouts before eating.

The sauce had a very familiar taste to it. It took me several hours to realise it but as I type this review the ingredients made it all clear. It was Vietnamese style. The mint leaves and the bean sprouts were big clues and if I'm not mistaken you can find similar spicy peanut sauce being served with Vietnamese spring rolls. Mmmm... this makes me think of the Vietnamese Beef noodles back in Melbourne. Damn.

posted by wyejon at Wednesday, April 12, 2006 (permalink) |

5 wise words from our readers:

a golden opinion from Blogger KY

most ming tien stalls use plastic fork & spoon. I hate that

7:07 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger alvin

looks like mee goreng mamak special to me. i think they overcharge the drinks there.

4:15 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger boo_licious

I always have no idea what to order at Ming Tien hence I avoid it. Thxs for the suggestion.

5:21 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

ky: that's another reason why I hate giant food courts.

alvin: nolah... much nicer than mamak mee goreng.

boo_licious: This is about the only suggestion I can give you for eating there. I don't think highly of the other stalls.

7:08 AM  

a golden opinion from Anonymous nawooz

u want some nice beef noodles? try the shop next to the Hong Leong Bank in SS2. It's opposite Mahogany Guitars IIRC. so far, i think it's not too bad. give it a try and lemme know what u think abt it jon. while u are there, head on to the food square right behind the beef noodle shop or opposite Clutch Gamers Cybercafe. As you enter that entrance (has some VCD/DVD peddlers), It's the 2nd shop on the left. After the stall selling drinks. The cook is a Thai aunty who used to operate Charean Thai Restaurant in PJ. She closed that down to help her sister in Rest. Thai Lagoon in Sunway, but the food there was so-so. If you like the mango or papaya salad extra spicy, this is the place to be. ;)

5:30 PM  

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