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Thursday night futsal is a regular fixture for the past few years now, other than being immensely fun, it also gives me a somewhat valid answer to the question “why aren’t you fat already?”.

Answering “I play futsal” is so much easier than convincing people I don’t eat huge portion, and blessed with this really vain gene that does accept myself to put on unnecessary weight.

ming tien food court at taman megah
ming tien at taman megah must be one of the largest food courts

Since futsal falls on 10pm, I usually have very early dinner on Thursdays, which makes good excuse to have supper! That was exactly what I did last night.

The venue of choice is usually somewhere nearby, Haze and I went to Ming Tien since there’s a pretty good selection of hawkers foods, they operate pretty much around the clock (23 hrs a day I believe), and I can walk there from home. 😀

cuttlefish with kangkung, waffle, haze and KY
waffle and cuttlefish with kangkung

I ordered cuttlefish with kangkung (RM 8, small), a pretty famous “luxurious hawker dish” from Penang that I never really got to eat as a kid since it was always a tad too expensive. The rojak sauce that came with plenty of peanuts was thick and flavorful, cuttlefish had a good firm texture, and for those who like it spicy, you can ask for more sambal too.

The same stall sells boiled cockles too. Kim and I shared a plate a few days ago and it too was pretty good. They made it just enough to leave the cockles pretty bloody. Tastes good, but not for the faint hearted.

The cheese and lemon sauce waffles (RM 4) Haze got turned out to be quite nice too. I prefer it over the A&W version.

Ming Tien used to be a place I only go when I absolutely had to. The quality of food was so bad back then I sometimes rather have indomie goreng at mamak stalls instead. However, things took a change for the better over the years, I guess the bad ones were weeded out by natural selection.

Ming Tien Hawker Center
Jalan SS24/8, Taman Megah,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.114334, 101.611658

“Huh, what do you mean fried lychee?” was my reaction when I first heard about this concoction available at Ming Tien food court. Ginny was the person to ordered this, but at the time I haven’t bought my new and awesome Canon S90 yet, so I didn’t have decent night photos.

fried lychee stall at Ming Tien
Gareth, Horng the birthday boy, and Kimberly

It was horng’s birthday last night, and after fetching him from KLIA (was tragic cos Jaclyn, Eric, Kerol, and I ended up at LCCT first), had a big dinner (more about that later), and a few sessions of Guitar Hero, Gareth, Kim, Horng, and I went over to Ming Tien past 2am for some light supper/dessert.

That is when I introduced them this unique dish. I ordered fried lychee and thought it’ll be a good time to try their fried pineapple too.

fried lychee and fried pineapple
fried lychee and fried pineapple, with some big juices!

Basically the fried lychee is done the same way as pisang goreng (deep fried banana). Canned lychee dipped in batter, deep fried. It was so simple you’d wonder why it took so long for someone to come up with this.

The sweetness of lychee plus the piping hot batter is a weird but very good combination. The accompanying honey isn’t exactly required unless you  have really sweet tooth.

The fried pineapple was not bad, but pale in comparison with the lychee. Try it, only RM 5 per plate.

Ming Tien Hawker Center
Jalan SS24/8, Taman Megah,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.114334, 101.611658

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A few weeks ago we stopped by Ming Tien for a session of late night supper. Other than being one of the very few Chinese food oriented food courts that opens till the wee hours, Ming Tien is also among the few places that is dog friendly. It only make sense since there is a huge pet store next to the food court anyway.

Spicy Taiwanese Sausage at Mint Tien with Kim and Gareth
Kim soothing her lips with ice

Kim, being one of the most adventurous people I know when it comes to food, decided that we should try the super spicy Taiwanese sausage. So without asking for opinion or approval, she bought 3 sticks of the most spicy sausage for herself, ST, and yours truly.

If you think chili padi is spicy, well, this sausage was possibly at least 5-10x the intensity. The level is right up there with the Habanero laced chicken wings I had at Frontera last night. It’ll make anyone sweat, I suggest ordering a big glass of soya milk to pre-empt before trying. But if you’re into the euphoric thrill of super spicy chili laced food, do try out this Taiwanese sausage.

They do offer Taiwanese sausages of other flavors, but what is the fun in that, right?

Soy Duck at Ming Tien food court, Taman Megah
duck breast with some pork belly

The other dish that I am slowly warming up to at Ming Tien is the Soy Duck. I usually order the duck breast and a side of pork belly to go with steamed rice. The fat from pork belly does well to add to the smoothness of duck breast, yums. A quick and quite a tasty meal for less than RM 7.00. Value for money!

The same stall also serves chicken, pork belly, “pork head skin”, tofu, eggs, and more.

Ming Tien is just a short turn from LDP

Ming Tien Hawker Center
Jalan SS24/8, Taman Megah,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.114334, 101.611658

My ex-housemate, Kerol, came over last weekend to pick myself and Horng up for lunch again last Saturday. As usual, we were not able to come up with any suggestion that could satisfy the girl. At the end, she decided to drive us to one of her favorite lunch places at PJ when she used to work.

The little hidden food court at PJ state located right opposite the big police station (if you have an accident anywhere in PJ, you usually end up there).

Asam Fish at PJ State
old school food court ala Medan Selera style

The place is a municipal built public food court that reminds me of those at PJ old town (with chicken rice), Seksyen 14 (with popiah), and the nasi lemak Tanglin. With plastic tables and chairs affixed on the floor that was as trendy as it was unpractical, especially if you have a larger group of people visiting at the same time.

We located stall number 4 that says Mee Bandung Muar (no I didn’t manage to try their mee bandung, perhaps next time) without much trouble and ordered lunch.

asam ikan pari, telur dadar
asam ikan pari and telur dadar

They serve three different types of asam fish: kembung (hard tail), pari (stingray), and tengiri (mackerel). But for some reasons, everyone asked for the stingray that day, most probably due to the fact that we’re a bit lazy to have to deal with any bones. We also ordered telur dadar (Malay style omelet) and rice.

PJ State Malay food court
the food court is located right opposite PJ State police station

The asam fish itself was pretty nice but I thought it could be slightly more spicy and more sour. I think this suits the KL taste a bit more as compared to the northern version that tends to be a bit stronger tasting. Adding their kicap (slightly sweet version of soya sauce) made it taste quite a bit better though.

Overall, it was still a pretty satisfying lunch for only RM 6 each per person, including rice and egg. Maybe it’s time to try a bit more from the same food court.

Store 4, Mee Bandung Muar
Medan Selera, PJ State
Jalan Lampan 8/3,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.099046, 101.640412

The last time I wrote an entry about Ming Tien was over a year ago on the Bak Kut Teh and Dumpling. To be frank, I am not a very big fan of this big hawker center despite the fact that is is located within walking distance. I usually go there out of necessity.

I went there with my housemate Rachel a couple weeks ago with Rachel due to laziness to drive for a quick dinner. Not knowing what to order, I took up Rachel’s advice to share a pot of Curry Fish Head.

Curry Fish Head at Ming Tien
Curry Fish Head stall at Ming Tien Food Court

Apparently this particular Curry Fish Head stall is pretty new at Ming Tien that escaped my notice the last time I went (months ago).

For the two of us, we ordered a pot of curry fish head with rice.

Curry Fish Head at Ming Tien with KY & Rachel
a big clay pot curry fish head, yums

The fish head came in a clay pot, which is actually pretty nice to keep the warmth in. Other than pieces of fish head and meat, there are long beans, okra, tau pok (deep fried tofu), and brinjal. The broth is santan (coconut milk) based, and I find that it could be slightly spicier. Then again, I am from Penang and we generally like our food to be spicier than native Klang Valley dwellers.

Though the fish itself was just average, overall taste was pretty decent. Not great, but not bad either. For around RM 10 per person, it was actually a pretty good value for money.

Ming Tien Hawker Center
Jalan SS24/8, Taman Megah,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.114334, 101.611658