Take-out Review: House Special Mei Fun

Back in college, I was introduced to a dish from a Chinese restaurant that I probably never would have gotten around to trying on my own: Singapore Rice Noodles.

Now, the first time I tried these, they were a friend’s leftovers on a late night shift at work. They were awesome! The next time I got takeout, I was determined to have them again…and they stunk. I had them three more times at college, and each time they were never as good. In fact, they tasted different each time. Still I wanted something as tasty as those first leftovers.

Fast forward to present day, and to the Jade Garden in Hooksett, NH. I’ve talked about this place before, and since it really has turned into my go-to place for Chinese in the area. Looking at their menu, I felt like trying something other than my standard Sweet and Sour Chicken dinner combination. After scanning the menu, the word Singapore caught my eye under a type of food called “Mei Fun”. With a touch of hope, I Googled Mei Fun to find out that they were the type of rice noodles that I had been looking for!

Now back in college I had found out that Singapore rice noodles were supposed to be spicy, but the leftovers I had tried were special ordered not to be. Seeing other rice noodle dishes under Mei Fun, I decided to try the House Special.

I apologize for the cell phone photography up top, but it was the best I could do at the moment. Still, it does a good job of showing the delicious contents of the dish. The house special has the base of rice noodles cooked in a wok with light oil, but also chicken, pork, shrimp, egg, mushroom, onion, and even some carrot. Even with the oil base, the Mei Fun was a light dish, with all of the flavors cooking together. I feel bad because the picture makes this tasty dish look like some cheap ramen, but it is so much better. If you’re ever in the area, definitely give the Jade Garden, and more specifically, the Mei Fun a try.

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