Friday, September 21, 2007

Char Siew Wantan Mee @ Restoran Meng Shiang, Taman Cheras

This is the motherlode of all char siew wantan mee shops. I am no big fan of this dish, but the wantan mee sold at this shop has converted me (at least, when I come here to eat).

Succulent, tender slices of char siew on mee soaked in char siew sauce

If you want to savour the wantan mee at this shop, come early in the morning. Insane queues build up for the wantan mee at all hours of the stall's operation. The first time we went to this place, it was around 2.30p.m., all the char siew and other meats were sold out, and yet people were lining up to buy whatever was left (plain mee and wantan!). We too had to settle for wantan mee with the wantan alone. We waited for over half an hour before food arrived.

The second time we went, just last Saturday morning, we were more kiasu, reached at about 9.30a.m., and still had to wait a very long time for our order to arrive. We sat and waited for about 40 minutes before 2 plates of kon low (dry version) wantan mee with char siew and 2 small bowls of wantan arrived.

Our meal....Rm3.50 for small serving, RM4.00 for large

While waiting, we ordered dim sum from another stall in the same kopitiam. Oh boy, big mistake! Being big fans of dim sum, this was probably one of the more terrible ones we've tasted. Too much pepper, overcooked, starchy, in short, the dim sum did not taste "right". So don't be tempted to try, though the wait for the main course (wantan mee!) is long.

Looks enticing, tastes.....not!

The char siew was tender to the bite, as in melt-in-your-mouth tender. We have never tasted char siew of such delicate texture before, our guess is that they must have braised the meat for quite a while before barbecuing it.

My favourite part was the wantan, it had a very tasty meaty-sesame-oil taste, with a hint of lard. Usually, I do not like wantans as they tend to taste very porky, but this was an exception. Excellentious!

Roast pork ribs...sticky and dripping with maltose goodness.....

The roast meats (char siew, pork ribs) are all made made within the kopitiam's premises. The side of the kopitiam is also the centre of production, we spotted huge steel vats in which they barbequed the meats.
Production centre

It was a hearty breakfast and one of our current favourites! Will definitely come here again, with the rest of the wantan mee-loving clan!

Restoran Meng Shiang...home of char siew wantan mee

Restoran Meng Shiang
1 & 3 Jalan Kaskas 2, Taman Cheras
Tel: 03-91333984

If you are coming from the Tesco Extra in Taman Midah Cheras (formerly Makro) which is on your left, you will approach a roundabout. Take the 12 o'clock and after the roundabout, turn right into Taman Cheras, Jalan Kaskas should be on your next right turn. Meng Shiang is a corner kopitiam.

Our rating system for overall satisfaction with what we eat and where we eat....

1-bam = don't even bother
2-bam = good enough to fill the tummy
3-bam = a very good restaurant in its category
4-bam = excellent cooking, worth a detour
5-bam = exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey

We would give the wantan mee a 4-bam rating. Could improve on service time!


um said...

i wanna b part of your one ton of yum.

um said...

had another look,
that bowl of char siew on the floor,
the floor looks spotty
the platter of char siew that the koo niang is working on appears to be on top of a green garbage bin.
gotta have strong stomachs.

never would have passed a food inspector's check here.

but maybe makes everything very sedap......

IronEaters said...

the wantan mee looks scrupmtious but when u mentioned about the rat n it kinda hit me back a little. but anywhere aroud the world, i guess as long as u didn't see or pretend not to notice the cleaniness of the restaurants, its still a happy meal as sometimes the food at those places just too good =P

Jessica said...

um - yeah it goes with the territory...we have gotten used to it, and no one had any appointment with the doctor after, so i guess we have iron tummies.

ironeaters - huge steel Vats (in which they bbq the meats), not huge Rats! lol!

um said...

who ever said anything about rats?
i am a proud rat.