Mi Chu Tac at 20-6A Ky Dong Street in District 3 is noodle mecca. It’s located on a street/alleyway corner opposite a cafe that promises to show all Champion’s League football matches in Europe live. Mi Chu Tac bills itself as a ‘Chinese Noodle Restaurant’ and concentrates on Mi noodle dishes. Mi are yellowy in colour, a bit like fresh spaghetti (kinda) only slightly slimmer and are heavier and more chewy than the commoner, peasant noodle, bun. These are posh noodles.
Enter, negotiate the parked motorbikes inside and scope out the chef’s quarters. The extensive menu includes won ton, shrimp, veggie and duck noodle soups. They also serve Ha Cao – minced pork stuffed dim sum wannabes – which make for an excellent appetizer.
I used to come here a lot a few years back, but slipped into phoning and ordering delivery deals circa 2003 (Tel: 08 9 318 966). Dropping by today I see they’ve tarted the shack up with romantic pastel shades and intimate table and chair sets. I order the Mi Vit Tiem (Chinese medicinal duck noodle soup) for a salamander’s slither over 30,000VD. I only ever order this or the Mi Oanh Thanh (Won ton noodle soup) ‘cos… well I’m boring. Inside we have a duck, noodles and some mustard greens.
I usually stick the duck on a separate plate and dissect from there, but not today. I’m feeling dangerous. The duck happily falls off the bone, the pharmaceutical vapours coming direct from China hang over the bowl like a dancing flavour fog, a five spice rainbow of temptation, frolicking over your tongue, tempting you, drawing you in to its subtle, yet complex, but at the same time paradoxically simple weave of intricately laced tastes… Oh bollocks… I knew that’d happen one day. Can someone put a coupla quid in the meter, please?…