Late Night Chow at Mien San

It was almost close to midnight when we entered the doors of Mien San Noodle House but still we were given a warm welcome and were quickly ushered to our table. This is one of the reasons why Mien San continues to be one of our neighborhood favorites. It's homey, no-frills interiors, the delicious food and the friendly service... no wonder Mien San has been around for more than a decade already.

Since it was pretty late, we agreed to go light and to just share on our favorite Fried Porkchop Rice (Php. 148) and a steaming platter of Kutchay Dumplings (Php. 68).

Oh how I miss the days when the porkchop rice was only for Php. 99. This goes to show how things have changed and every single commodity has gone up up and up! Luckily, Mien San's Porkchop Rice was still a winner. It's served in a bento box set-up complete with two vegetarian side dishes and a bowl of steamed rice. I love how Mien San cooks their vegetables, they can really make it so tasty that even non-veggie eaters will surely enjoy a bite or two. The fun part also is that the side dishes changes from time to time. This makes it more interesting because we get to try a new vegetable siding in every visit.

Of course, the highlight of this dish is the fried porkchop. Paul and I love how crispy it is and yet it's not soaked in oil. I love dipping it in ketchup before eating it together with a spoonful of rice. Yum!

Our second dish is a platter consisting of 8 pieces of Steamed Kutchay Dumplings. This has been our Mien San staple for six years already.

How we eat this is another story -- you see, Paul and I would ask for lots of minced garlic which we will add into our soy sauce. This is a decade long practice done by Paul's family which I later followed and got accustomed to. Once the garlic soy sauce is ready, then we carefully dip each crunchy kutchay dumpling one at a time.

On our next visit, we agreed to try our other favorites such as the Tofu with Century Egg appetizer, the Spring Onion pancake and the Fried Chicken Rice. Maybe I should also try one of their soup noodle as well.

Mien San Noodle House is located at 36 Villa Ortigas II, Granada St., Quezon City (near the Santolan-Ortigas intersection). Contact them at 724-8388 (will confirm their number).

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