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“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.

Address:
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

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

GPS: 3.114334, 101.611658

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.

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

GPS: 3.114334, 101.611658

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that I am a huge Bak Kut Teh (肉骨茶) fan. It all started when I was a young boy when our family used to have bak kut teh almost every Sunday. The pork, the soup, the “yau char gwai”, it is simply the best Chinese food invented from this land. The last post on this category appeared some 3 months ago, so the time is right to have another one!

Bak Kut Teh at Ming Tien Food Court, Petaling Jaya
my personal pot of bak kut teh

Most of the bak kut teh at food courts and kopitiams that I have tried over the years have not been particularly rewarding, but that has never stop me from trying new stalls once in a while. My luck came when I found myself at Ming Tien some months ago without knowing what to order, so I fall back to my default feel-good food, the Bak Kut Teh.

Bak Kut Teh at Ming Tien Food Court, Petaling Jaya
ahh, the strong herbal taste of the soup

When the steamy pot of goodness arrived, I was utterly surprised by the aroma and flavor of the soup. Strong with herbal taste, the soup is pretty sweet and not over powering. On top of that, they serve old school oily rice that goes very well with the meat. No wonder there are comments on my ming tien dumpling post recommending me to this stall.

Map to Ming Tien Food Court, Petaling Jaya
Ming Tien food court is located at Taman Megah, PJ

For a single portion, the price is in line with other bak kut teh places at around RM 8 or so. Try it out if especially if you frequent this food court. I reckon this stall sells the best bak kut teh in any food court that I’ve tried so far.

Address:
Ming Tien Food Court
Jalan SS 24/8
Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya

GPS: 3.114334, 101.611658

I never thought I’d post an entry featuring something from this big hawker center near my residence. In fact, I’ve probably went there only a handful of times in the past 3 years since I could never find anything that was good enough to satisfy the stomach.

I got to know this dumpling stall by chance, we were resting at Ming Tien for a giant glass of rejuvenating fruit juice after a game of futsal and the ever hungry Kelvin ordered a plate of fried dumpling as a side dish to his customary large meal after sports.

Fried Dumpling (鍋貼, 水餃) at Ming Tien, PJ Taman Megah
fried dumpling.. yummmm

The fried dumpling was simple enough, 10 tiny pieces in a plastic plate, with a dipping sauce that tasted like a mixture of red pepper and vinegar (or maybe some soya sauce too). The fried dumpling actually tasted very close to xiao long pao, with fatty pork inside and soup inside the dough skin. It was very, very deliciousm so good that I actually went there again a few days later. It would have been perfect if they actually provide some ginger strips.

Fried Dumpling (鍋貼, 水餃) at Ming Tien, PJ Taman Megah
you’ll love the vinegar + pepper dipping

The steamed dumpling though, while pretty good, was over shadowed by the fried dumpling. At RM 6 and RM 5 for 10 fried and steamed dumplings respectively, this is a great buy. The small bite size almost made it a lot easier to eat compared to the Japanese style gyoza.

Map to Ming Tien, PJ Taman Megah
Ming Tien is just right next to Michael’s Badminton Association in Taman Megah

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

GPS: 3.114334, 101.611658