Hello there Vietnamese food – I wonder where have you been all my life?!
19TH FEBRUARY 2015
I’ve been here before and tried other dishes such as the stir-fried prawns with cashew nuts, the chargrilled chicken and even the fried duck with ginger. I have also tried other sauce variations on their fried fish options but there’s just something about that tangy-slash-sweet shredded mango that makes me devoted to this dish.
All and all, my winner dish is still the same. Read more below.
30TH JANUARY 2015
This was my second visit to a Vietnamese but it felt like I was discovering this food for the first time.
Mien Tay is just another one of the never ending list of Vietnamese restaurants on Kingsland road. To be honest, the place itself is not THAT inviting but don’t be delude by the looks. The number of people usually in this place can’t be all wrong! The food is in fact quite good.
These guys (and most of the “less-posh” oriental restaurants in London – yes, it’s the same in Bricklane’s curry road) still practice old school advertising. (Well.. old school for “us”. Probably it’s normal in their country). And no… I’m not being judgemental! Just mentioning that it’s somehow funny how they are still stuck with strategies from the 90’s. You’ll see that most of them showcase newspapers with reviews and a few won some “MasterChef” prize – whatever that means!
Having that said – that shit works! I stumbled upon some tips from Time Out magazine in Mien Tay’s own menu and decided to give it a go. While in my first Vietnamese food experience I had to try the typical Pho, this time, I felt lazy and just left myself go with the magazine suggestion. Oh boy.. and how glad I am that I did! Hurray for bad but highly functional advertising!
I tweaked the order a little bit ordered a whole crispy fried seabass (instead of the sea bream) with mango on a chilli sauce. Smart move!
The fish is huge! Enough to feed two starving people (then again, I eat for two people so I obviously had an entire one by myself.. and yes, I ordered a side dish as well!). But.. not everything in life is about the size (Yes, I’m talking about food you dirty mind reader!), and the fish is quite tasty regardless of the portion you’ll get. The batter they use to fry the sea bass elevates the whole plate! It’s so crispy that at some point I was actually eating some parts of the fish head ..and loving it!
I could brag the amazing aubergine side dish I ordered together with the fish. But, on this night, the sea bass stole the entire show. If you’re a conscious foodie like me (cof cof) and you’re into your healthy fish (ok ok it’s fried but still…) you absolutely should give this dish a try.
Don’t take me wrong, there’s a lot of options here and I can’t really complain about whatever I’ve tried… but this seabass – wow!
Have you ever tried it?