Archive for December, 2012

I have set my mind to try the food at Ming Chu as it was said that they specialized in roasted meat and so when I saw the deal on Living Social, it was a clear Yayyy ! Click click, beli beli

For drinks, I had the Fu chork yee mai – beancurd skin with barley RM3/glass, the fu chook had soften and disintegrated which was the way I liked it. This tasted very much like a soya bean drinkdrinks

S had a Ice Kacang (RM4.50) which was as colourful and as pretty as a Christmas tree. There were tons of stuff in the ABC- coloured jelly, corn, cendol, cincau, red bean..but sad too say, sometimes too much is not a good thing..the ‘outer’ presentation was pretty but they should improve on the appearance of the contents too..ABC

Roasted duck with herbs- we chose the ‘bottom section’ meaning the drum stick area and this, at RM16 was RM2 extra than the portion from the top/ breast area. The meat was kinda tough and my mum’s dentures didn’t quite manage to chew on this effectively, taste wise, not bad, the herbal smell wasn’t very prominent at the meaty part, it was only prominent when I was tasting the bony part.roasted duck1

Bitterguord with salted egg RM12, the bitterguord wasn’t bitter and it was soft and just cooked – thick sections , the salted egg tasted a bit dilute but still manage to impart that distinct salted egg aroma to the dish, not perfect but just average.bittergourd

Claypot tofu  RM12, there were cabbages, mushrooms, carrots, baby corn together with the tofu, There was a spiciness undertone of to the dish- nott sure where that was from as there were no chili in the dish, maybe it was the pepper ? taste wise, this was mediocre.tofu

Apart from ordering dishes, there are also set meals like fried noodles and rice, which include a drink, soup for the day and fruits.

Overall, I would rate the dishes that we tried  as a so –so meal.

Location :
Lot 1-1 58-1.1 59 First Floor,
Pearl Point Shopping Mall,
Batu 5, Jalan Klang Lama
Ming Chu Restaurant is tucked in a corner- on the same level as Popular Bookstore at Pearl point Shopping Mall.

Minchu

I was told the night before that we will have a longer drive today, the driver will pick me up at an earlier time tomorrow. As Vietnam time is one hour later than Malaysia, psychologically- a 7:30 pick up time meant that it was already 8:30 in Malaysia, so, it was nothing to worry about, the only worrying thing was how to cross the sea of motorbikes to get to the car parked across the road…helppppp….

This was the first time that I was staying at the Vien Dong Hotel at Pham Ngu Lao Street. Apart from the traffic jams on this road, the hotel faced a park and I found out the hard way that Vietnamese are early risers- even at an unheavenly hour of 4:30a.m the park was already busy with people, and some announcement / music over the loudspeaker, not to mention the honking tour busses that use this as a stop to pick up the passengers. Although the room was huge, modern and comfy, if was not soundproof and I could hear the traffic, honks and music from across the Park, The road that the hotel is at is the centre of the touristy area- to me, this is a place to avoid !

The road outside my room by dayday bus

By nightnite bus

Anyway, back to the subject of food….after a few visits to the customers in Bihn Phouc – which I learned from Wikipedia – a province in Vietnam , located in the southeastern region of the country ,  to the north of  Ho Chi Minh City and It shares a border with Cambodia..It was time for lunch and after some discussion amongst my two host, from the main road we drove into a small lane which expend later into a resort-like environment complete with attap hutshuts

A small lily pot next to the chicken coop..lily

First dish ,  this was something like stewed fish ( if I was not mistaken, it was something like the cat fish) with fatty pork. An interesting combination – mixing pork with fish but happy to note that it worked ! the dish was cooked in some black sauce plus a heavy dose of  pepper and chilies , taste wise- kinda sweetish with a tinge of spiciness. The fish was fresh and smooth and the pork was fat and tender. Nice  combination !stewed fish

Steamed / blanched vegetable- I am not sure what sort of vegetable this was- maybe pumpkin shoots ? it was soft, not too heavy on the ‘greenish’ flavour, the Vietnamese were dipping this into the chili sauce before eating it, but I prefer it as it issteamed vegeThere was a fish pond beside our ‘hut’.. peaceful and Zen-ish..while we enjoy our lunchpond

Grilled pork – The cooking method was very basic, which brought out the rawness ( not in terms of the meat being raw but meant that as in err..simplistic) and wholesomeness of the meat, some of the pieces were really too tough for me, it was either to just forget the chewing and swallowing them whole  , or consider defeat and leave them partially chewed on the table..But I have to admit these were good. If I was eating these at home, I could use my hand and tear at the meat like a ferocious hyenagrilled pork

Fish in soup with bamboo shoots. There were tons of crispy bamboo shoot slices in the soup  and I think this was part of the same fish that was used in the fish stew.fish soup

Overall, an interesting meal.. and oh, sorry to report that I  didn’t win any money from the lottery. Although Ms T did win something and exchange the winning ticket with more lotteries and distributed that around the table..so, I have another chance at winning the big prize tonight

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Ngo Gia

Traveling by road around Binh Duong area, it was close to lunch time , Ms Host asked ‘ Do you take beef ?’ I nodded and that was how it all started….

Sau Sanh was a shop by the side of the dusty road, which made good sense that the utensils were kept under wrapsunder wraps

After taking our seats, ordering took place and a stove, tea cups , plates of vegetables and bowls were brought to our table..tea and stove

Plates laden with the chewy, non-chewy, the soft, the hard part of the moo moo..were delivered to our tablebeef

Don’t these beef tripe ( stomach) looked beautiful and inviting ?beef1

Part of the ingredients to preparing a beef-wrap…green star fruit and something that look like some green lemon/ citrus peelstar fruit and citrus

First – wet a piece of rice paper to soften it, then take a piece of star fruit/ citrus peel, add some piece of basil leaves plus some other greens. Choose a piece of beef/ section of the moo moo that you fancy, then roll ‘em up like you would when preparing spring roll and there you have it. Oh, I forgot, dip the roll in the sauce and enjoy ! The verdict : Yummy…This is why i love traveling !wrap

Then they brought the soup..large cubes of congealed jellied cow blood were dominating in the tasty broth ..soup

First…Take a few pieces of uncooraw

Dip the raw beef into the soup for a few minutes..and there you have it..yummy..the beef were chewy yet tender…nicecooking

In the midst of the rolling of the beefy spring rolls, cooking the beef..a lottery seller came by and Tuan  took out a few lottery tickets from his wallet and begin to check them against the results. Tuan was lucky, he won 100,000 VND ( ~ RM15) and but instead of getting the cash, he decided to use that to exchange a few lottery ticketslottery

I was given two of the tickets to try my luck.  First prize was 1,500,000,000 VND , which is about RM 220,500..wish me luck !!lottery1

Grilled beef..these were juicy, thick and very tasty. These were pretty basic cooking, but it worked and brought out the beefy flavour and texture. Some of the pieces were quite large and took a bit of jaw work but well, who is complaining ?fried

I think I haven’t had so much beef/ part of the cow in a meal before..but well, who is complaining !

err.. i think the cows/ cattle might be complaining