Early morning rain…

It was raining that cold morning here and I was feeling like having something hot and soupy so I stopped by here to see if they had any pek ting eyok (Eight Treasures) chicken or not. It turned out that they had that but with pork trotters (too kha) only and with the recent ASF (Australian Swine Flu) outbreak, I wasn’t quite ready to go back to eating the meat just yet.

In the end, I asked for the mee sua (string/thread noodles) in the traditional Foochow red wine & ginger chicken soup (RM7.50)…

It struck me right away when it was served that it was VERY red in colour but no, it did not get me all excited. You will end up with the soup like that if there is some residue in the wine (not well-filtered) or it had settled at the bottom of the bottle after a long time…or if you add a bit of the ang chao (lees, the Foochow red wine residue) to marinate the meat prior to cooking it.

Fry the meat with a lot of ginger in sesame oil before adding the water for the soup and it will be red like this…

Just don’t get your hopes up too high because for that superior taste, it will depend on the quality (and the amount) of the red wine used and so it was with this bowl of mee sua that I had that day.

I would say it was nice but no, it was not something that would get me all excited like the one here (since closed) or this one here. and I do feel that there are others elsewhere just as nice or perhaps, even a little bit nicer.

I asked for the egg to be poached…

…for a change instead of the usual hardboiled and this was what I got.

This place is the favourite of many here when it comes to their pan mee

…and yes, I did stop by to enjoy it a few times before but I don’t recall ever having their mee sua before so I am not sure if they had jacked up the price by 50 sen (RM7.00 elsewhere, RM5.00-6.00 a long time ago) or it has always been like that.

I wonder if there is any place in town serving pek ting eyok chicken. It would be best with duck, the way the Foochows would cook it traditionally, of course, but somehow or other, it is hard to find any duck dishes, whichever way they cook it, around here.

MING XUAN CORNER (2.312754, 111.846595)…

…is located in the second block of shops on your right if you are turning in from Jalan Pedada at the junction after Delta Mall, heading towards Lorong Taman Seduan 8, somewhere opposite the Bread Sense Bakery outlet there on the other side.