Sunday, September 14, 2008

Min Huang Restaurant

...爱情像一本游记
我会找寻它的谜语...
...看月牙湾下的泪光
在丝路之上被遗忘...

...Love is like a travelogue,
the riddles of it that I will solve...
...Gazing the shimmering teardrops on the crescent moon bay,
forgotten on the steps of the Silk Road...


It was only until earlier today, when MTV China was showing a Mid Autumn Festival special, that I began to rediscover F.I.R. Their catchy, oriental tune called 月牙湾 (crescent moon bay) caught my attention, as I was reading about the turbulences surrounding us.

It’s funny how we tend to stereotype certain things in life, isn’t it? When F.I.R. broke into the scene a few years back, I was not a bit excited. Wannabe, I thought. Too much resemblance to Do As Infinity. Even Every Little Thing. And as 月牙湾 keeps playing in my mind now, I realize that they do have a musical direction of their own. And it’s brilliant. Silly me.

Oh, and lead singer Faye’s pretty pretty too, don’t you agree?

Just like the eateries in Taman Usahawan Kepong. To a point, I believe I described all these colourful restaurants bearing interesting names as kitschy. Then, came along a lovely blogger called Mimi who started introducing mouth-watering restaurants in this area, one after another. It was then I came to know what I’ve been missing. Thanks, Mimi.

First on my list was Min Huang. I must say that it was their steamed bun with custard/salted egg filling (RM3.60 for 2 buns) that attracted me. Not exactly runny, but it was definitely flavoursome, the filling. The richness of the salted eggs is worth mentioning.

A 5% service charge aside, the complimentary salad consisted of cucumber strips dressed in soy sauce and sesame oil was refreshing. Beats having peanuts, anytime.

Ask me not why of all the noodle dishes, I had chosen the Shanghai-style fried mung bean sheets (RM4.20). But if you ask me how it tasted, I will say ho jiak (delicious)! Being Shanghainese cuisine illiterate, I couldn’t help but find it similar to our beloved char kway teow. Perhaps that’s what globalization is all about. The mildly charred sheets were absolutely aromatic. Loved it.

Another Shanghainese dish, the xiao long bao (RM6.00 for 3 pieces) was surprisingly good as well. The skin was rather thin and the melted, jellied lard oozed with a subtly sweet and savoury flavour. Let’s not make comparisons and just enjoy these tasty morsels since a meal at the nearest branded xiao long bao restaurant costs another RM1.60 (one way) more for just using the LDP.

The only disappointment perhaps, was the steamed char siew bao (RM3.20 for 2 buns). Though came steaming hot, the bun was slightly crumbly while the filling was bland, despite the moist texture.

For dessert, the fried avocado paste wrapped with kataifi (RM5.00 for 2 pieces). With the crunchy kataifi strands complementing the sweet, smooth avocado paste, it was nice. Like how 月牙湾's melancholic music video motioned to the beautiful melody of the song. It’s good to know that there are desserts beyond lotus paste puffs for dim sum.

I’ll be back to try a few more signature dishes. As for F.I.R., there’s always YouTube.

Here’s wishing everyone a Mid Autumn Festival of peace and joy.

Min Huang Restaurant
12, Jalan Metro Perdana Barat 3
Taman Usahawan Kepong
Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: (+603) 62587996

Check out Mimi’s review here.

28 comments:

Jackson said...

i do not know that u know mandarin too! Gorgeous dim sum picture!

mimid3vils said...

O... I want that fried avocado...must try next time :)
PS: luckily u like it, if not i think u will blacklist all my recommendation :P

ai wei said...

this...

made me crave for dim sum ...


at this late...

i wan the custard/salted egg filling bun !

Nic (KHKL) said...

jackson, haha! i dunno mandarin one lar...i just practice during karaoke sessions...hehe...thanks for the compliment! :D

mimi, oh, that avocado is nice! and aiyoh, i like your recommendations lar! :D hey, there's one mamak stall nearby with WiFi one! i think i will go there next time!!! hehehehe...

ai wei, you working til late? or studying? do give this bun a try if you happen to be in this area, ya! ;D

Life for Beginners said...

Re: Your reply to Jackson --- then I must practice my Mandarin too with you lor in karaoke. Or to be precise, practice my non-existent singing skills. LOL

ling239 said...

no video meh ? i tot i will get to see and hear u sing this song... one of my fav wor ^_^

fatboybakes said...

the bun with the runny salt egg yolk filling looks DEEEEVINE!!!! and the kataifi too. i love avocado kataifi, and cant remember where i've had it.
groan, i hate reading blogs on monday morning....its like a celibate priest looking at porn.

Jun said...

u din do the translation, did u? ;p

damn i was salivating at the buns (still is). damn u!!!

mimid3vils said...

I know which mamak u mentioned, beside the Super Kitchen Pan Mee...

Nic (KHKL) said...

kenny, ohhh....did someone mention karaoke??? I'm always ON for k!!! let's do mando/canto pop! ok, and we go makan after that lar! haha!

ling239, u also like this song! cool! haha...i think the pitch is too high for me lar. faye's got a very high pitch one. i better stick to eason chan songs..hehe...

fatboybakes, perhaps you had it in max kitchen. i remember having kataifi with ice cream there. LOL on the celibate remark. i guess buffets are healthier than red light districts lar, hor? hehehe...

jun, hehe...i did (embarassed). dunno whether it's correct or not. i just hentam one..hehe

aiyah, next time you come back, i bring you there lar. in singapore oso got. ;D

mimi, yupe, yupe! that's the one! will go one weekend lar. and perhaps review the food there as well...hehe...

Live2Talk said...

Absolutely gorgeous and yummylicious shots ;P And F.I.R do have some really great hits! Guess you have now discovered some gems huh ^_^

Precious Pea said...

I have been eyeing at the egg custard bun recipe for a long long time. The one with salted egg yolks. Somehow, never have the courage to do it.

KampungboyCitygal said...

everything look so pretty! or is it ur camera/photography skill?

backstreetgluttons said...

since ppl have raved about your sensuous food , and we love side dishes more

perhaps you can oblige by shooting sideways too sometimes , why even mimi will be gorgeous...

sc said...

wishing you a belated mooncake fest too! i had the custard salted egg bun at SS2 before and I liked it too..rich, velvety sinful liquid gold..which reminds me, have not blogged about it yet! aarrgghh!!

fatboybakes said...

hey, i cant get chinese characters on my pc. they appear as little digits in boxes, that look very viral.

Nic (KHKL) said...

live2talk, thank you, thank you! ;D oh, i think that moon crescent song was nice because it has a 'china wind' style...yupe, am discovering it everyday..through youtube...hehe

precious pea, oh, please do try and blog about it, ya! :D yupe, i guess it'be a challenge to make a really runny and flavourful filling. i have confidence in you! you have my support!

kampungboycitygal, awwwwwwww, you so sweet! i think it's the food that looks pretty lar. am still learning how to take good pics. a long way to go lar, for me. :D

backstreetgluttons, i agree! i think sometimes, perspectives can change the whole outlook of a picture. sides to mains and mains to sides. am gonna try the side"ings"..thanks! and ups and downs as well! :D

sc, ohhhh, mana kat SS2 ar? ohhh, ok, please blog about it, ya! all these rich, velvety sinful liquid gold description is making me salivate!!! *munching gardenia bread now* hehehe...

fatboybakes, a bit like korean words hor?? hehehe...actually, what i did was just copy to microsoft word and just transfer to blogspot. ok, will FB you on this. :D

Jason said...

Ooo... you sure know how to capture someone's attention with the first pic. Gorgeous!

Nic (KHKL) said...

thanks jason! well, that bun really got me salivating when i read about it at mimi's...hehehehe...

Christy said...

Nice nice pics....yeah, Kepong is loaded with food courts, restaurants...it's food everywhere:)

Big Boys Oven said...

this is awesome, lovely, lovely, just can't get my eyes away from them! lol!

Jun said...

not bad wor the translation ;) well done!

Bernsy said...

ya mimi does give some really good recommendations for the Kepong area... her blog is like my Kepong Food guide lidat... hehehehe...

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Nic (KHKL) said...

christy, i agree! now with desa parkcity and taman usahawan, it's gonna get even better...hehehe....cant wait! ;D

bigboysoven, thanks, thanks! do check it out! i think it's quite near your place as well! let me know ya! ;D

jun, xie xie nie! :D i shiok sendiri one la...hehehe...btw, correct or not ar my translation? hehehe....

bernsy, me too! like a kepong makan magazine liddat..cool! hey bro, i also refer to your blog for makan also! hoping to try the other hokkien mee stall you told me about... ;D

MAL, welcome! tak pernah dengar tempat tu lar tapi nanti saya pergi cari, ok? murah ye? hmmm, ni mesti pergi cuba ni! ok, nanti kalo saya dapat contact, saya email you, ok? :D

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Zaymes said...

that's my chinese name LOL.

i think i shud go and have a try hehehe