Where can one find a food court complete with chandeliers, waiters in Hawaiian shirts, palm trees and palm-thatched wooden gazebos in the Klang Valley?
Ming Tien food court in Taman Megah is the answer.
The somewhat bizarre combination for a food court’s ambience is easily overlooked by its sumptuous variety of food.
Just name it and you will find it. Local favourites of laksa, chicken rice, Ipoh hor fun and Baba and Nyonya dishes are served nearby stalls selling pizzas, Taiwanese treats, Vietnamese and Japanese food.
Ming Tien comes alive at night as families and friends fill up the tables
It is safe to say there are different cuisines to satisfy your hunger pangs in the middle of the night.
When I have friends from abroad wanting a taste of everything, Ming Tien is the place I have in mind.
At the end of the night, they leave satiated and happy after eating a variety of dishes.
The food court is said to be 24 hours but the best time to dine there is between 7pm to 1am.
A personal favourite is Vince Penang Grill Fish, which is run by a husband and wife duo, Jenny Tan, 54 and Vincent Lim, 57.
Jenny Tan cooking stingray at her stall which she shares with her husband. They have been there for 15 years
They have been in the business for 26 years and have operated at Ming Tien for 15 years.
A must-try here is the grilled sotong.
Accompanied by two friends one night, we ordered a medium-sized sotong dish (RM12) and sting ray (RM20).
Tan said they keep their recipes simple with the sotong grilled with some chilli, tumeric and onions. It is an amazing combination that I cannot get enough of.
The stingray, she said, was kept even simpler with tumeric and salt rubbed unto the fish.
Both dishes are served with Penang style sambal belacan and onions on the side.
The grilled sotong is a favourite among patrons.
Another dish to try is the dry curry kuey teow mee (RM7).
Generous with char siew, long beans, eggs and chicken, the noodles are coated with thick curry and is good to the last bite.
The surprising underdog food that night was the appam from the Apom Penang Gurney Drive stall, which sells five pieces for RM2.
These Indian pancakes were crispy thin and not overly sweet. It was simply delectable.
The Penang Rojak (RM10) did not meet our expectations as the mango was a tad too sour and the sauce, too watered down.
The BBQ chicken wings (RM10 for four pieces) received mixed reviews from us, foodies.
BBQ chicken wings at Ming Tien
I personally enjoyed it because it lacked the sweet tinge often found on most BBQ wings.
My friend, however, felt it had not been marinated long enough for the sauce to seep into the meat.
To wash it all down, we enjoyed huge mugs of fruit juice, priced at RM6.20 each, which is necessary when eating spicy food.
The dry curry kuey teow mee is another dish to try as its curry is thick and yummy.
Ming Tien food court is located at Lot 10991, Jalan SS24/8, Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya.