In the Petaling Jaya suburb, Sunway Pyramid has established itself as a shopping hub offering a diverse range of shopping experience and a venue for food and leisure. Not far away from this centre lies a college known as The One Academy. Frequent food patrons would normally gather downstairs of the college at Restoran Ming Tien. The hawkers at this eatery offer an extensive range of food to the hungry early morning or lunch crowd of office workers and college students. Most stalls remain open way past dinner time.
Best sellers here are dim-sum, bak-kut-teh, wanton noodles, prawn mee and a host of other local food. Oh yes, the Sarawak Laksa signboard attracted our attention.
We spoke to stall owner- Madam Lim Suk Ing. She left Sibu some 12 years ago, to join her children here. As she could churn out a mean Mee Kolok and Sarawak Laksa, there's more reason than ever to venture into the foodline. Accordingly, the noodles for Mee Kolok has to be freshly-made daily, very much a manual task. This lightly coloured noodles is doused with some pre-fried minced meat, lard oil, fish sauce, some char siew slices, no dark soy sauce is added but a side saucer of chilli sauce. She has retained the same local touch as what you get in Sibu as the noodles come with a firm bite.
Business is good especially on Sundays. Her two big tubs of laksa stock gets soldout in no time. What is the fuss over all these laksa variants? Penang Assam Laksa is very much a northern Nyonya creation with a base stock of spicy and sourish taste. Johor Laksa is 'lemak' as the stock is filled with a rich coconut milk gravy. Popular Sarawak Laksa is a version of curry noodles with the spice paste imported from its homeland. It is not as rich as the Johor Laksa as the stock is usually milder.
Scalded thick fat beehoon is placed in a big bowl drenched with the laksa stock. A topping of prawns, shredded chicken meat, omelette shreds, taugeh, chopped Chinese celery, sambal belacan are placed attractively around. Lime juice is doused over the noodles prior to eating. This fusion imparts a distinctive flavour and we got captivated by its beautiful aroma.
Simple down-to-earth cuisine can be good interest for those Sarawakians who yearn for their local hawker favourites. Madam Lim can certainly give you some homespun essence.
明天茶室RESTORAN MING TIEN
2-6, Jalan PJS 11/28A, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
营业时间 Operation hours:
上午七时至晚上九时 7a.m. - 9p.m.