Restaurants along the Granada area have come and go, but Mien San has always been there, serving bowls of warm noodle soup to customers since the 90s. I guess you could say it’s an institution in the local Chinese culinary scene – Plenty of authentic Chinese restaurants in Metro Manila last very long, I’ve noticed. Anyway, I decided to try out their food since I’ve been hearing plenty of rave reviews about their dumplings and noodles.
Interior was nice and cozy, it reminds me so much of those authentic Chinese restaurants found in Binondo.
Menu: Noodle With Soup (Beef, seafood & plain soup, pork & chicken, lomi), Fried Noodles, Dry Noodles, Rice & Bento Box (Beef, seafood, pork, chicken), Fried Rice, Congee, Dishes (Beef, seafood, pork, chicken, spicy & vegetable), Soup, Dimsum, Cold-cuts/Appetizers, Dessert, Drinks, Frozen Food.
Our number one Chinese food staple, Yang Chow Fried Rice.
Fried Porkchop Noodle – Was disappointed with this dish. I mean, I like that the breaded porkchop didn’t have little bones in it, and the noodles were nice and firm. The soup, however? Bland, bland, bland (Even if I placed all of the porkchop pieces in it, to give it even a slightest hint of flavor).
Steamed Kutchay with Pork Dumplings – Tastes really good with soy sauce. This was bland too, but I forgave this dish easily since it was definitely fresh, and there was more pork filling inside the dumpling as compared to the skin. And I can never hate pork dumplings.
Chop Suey with Tofu Pot.
Beef with Tendon Pot. This was a recommendation. IDRK what’s going on in this dish, but I tried one of the tendons and winced because I wasn’t so used to the gelatinous texture.
Wow… I had such high expectations for this restaurant, and was ready to be wowed by their food. Unfortunately, everything just fell flat. Something tells me I need to give it another chance, though! Maybe I’ll order another noodle soup (or one of their dry noodle dishes) next time I come back?
Food: 3/5 (taste), 3/5 (presentation)
Mien San is located at 42 Granada Street, Valencia, Quezon City. Tel no: (02) 7215794.