Jun 05 2012
Ming Tien in Taman Megah is one outdoor food court you shouldn’t miss trying out in Kuala Lumpur. Festooned with coloured lights, wooden huts and trees, Ming Tien is an affordable but popular location to taste local dishes once the sun sets.
With a wide variety of local street food, seafood dishes and international cuisine including sushi, Taiwanese noodles, Chinese dim sum and Italian pizzas, you’re spoiled for choice here. Once you’ve found a table, memorise its number because you’ll have to quote it when ordering your food. Peruse the 63 stalls and order away; the food is usually ready within minutes. Although consistently crowded, with 300 or so tables you’ll always find a space to dine. During football season, enthusiasts can watch live games on the giant screens located around the court.
While here do try apom, a specialty from Penang. Two forms of the pancake-like snack are made here, a crispy version and a softer version filled with creamed corn or banana, topped with crushed peanuts. At two ringgit for five pieces of the crispy apom or four pieces of apom balik, it’s an economical way to taste northern Malaysian snacks. If you’re looking for something a little more filling, try the Penang asam laksa, a sour fish-based noodle soup for four ringgit, or dig into a plate of chilli clams or cockles priced from eight ringgit.
Ming Tien is one of the few places you can also order drinks in giant sizes; a fruit juice at this proportion is fit for two people. Otherwise, large and small bottles of Tiger beer are available to quench your thirst. If you prefer trying out a typical Malaysian beverage, go for teh tarik, hot tea with condensed milk, at an affordable 1.70 ringgit.
While Ming Tien is officially open throughout the day, the best time to go is when most of the stalls are open for dinner, from 18:00 to 02:00. With a welcoming ambiance and warm lighting, this is a great place to dine and have a social gathering without having to splurge. It’s also an ideal place for tourists to sample various local favourites.
If you’re looking to visit a local market, the Sunday pasar malam or night market is located right outside the hawker centre but be cautioned, these are the nights Ming Tien will be most crowded. Fatty Crab is also right down the street if you want to top your night off with a more filling meal or some succulent seafood.
Ming Tien Food Court
Lot 10991, Jalan SS24/8
Taman Megah, Selangor
T: (03) 7806 4991
Open 24 hours daily but best 18:00–02:00
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