MinMin Noodle Bar
I’ve visited MinMin around six times in the last three years, and each time I’m always met with an enjoyable experience at the small restaurant just by the Arcadian Car Park (Full address at the end of the blog).
This place, whilst small, offers a fairly large menu with all options reasonably priced.
Chooser: Ryan and Stacey
Choice: Mix Starter Combo (For Two)
We’re both majorly into sharing starters and will usually seek them out on a menu, often opting for them over desserts! So when platters are made for two or more are available on a menu we’ll often select them, and MinMin’s Mix Starter Combo was no exception to our rule.
The well presented sharer starter was served in a good amount of time after ordering, which was great for us as we were both starving after a busy day of walking around the city.
I was pretty happy with the amount we got for the price, as I’ve had some restaurants charge a price per person for starters like this, so it was a pleasant surprise that the price was for the two of us rather than individually.
The starter featured:
Four Vietnamese Spring Rolls,
Four Chicken Spring Rolls,
Two Spare Ribs,
And Yuk Sung.
It also came with two sauces;
One we believe was garlic and chilli, and the other with a sweeter taste like honey.
The chicken spring rolls were flavourful, crispy, and lacked the greasiness of some spring rolls I’ve had prior to this.
If you haven’t tried Vietnamese spring rolls before, then the texture may be something you may not be expecting. It’s almost spongey in a way, but definitely not unpleasant. The taste of the filling, however, is not dissimilar to that of a normal spring roll.
The spare ribs came with a really nice sauce which we both enjoyed, and there was also enough meat on the pieces we were given, we were grateful for this after recently having ribs with little to nothing on them.
Yuk Sung is always a worry for us due to having bad experiences of this dish in the past (the last two places we’ve tried this dish from have had an unappetising taste), but MinMin has really changed our perception of the dish.
The filling was tasty, and the crisp from the lettuce really pulled the taste altogether. It made a refreshing swap from the disasters we’ve had previous to this.
Would we recommend this starter?
Yes, it was a well proportioned starter, which served as a nice introduction to the meal.
Choice: Garlic Chilli Dish with Chicken and Fried Rice
The following section is a direct quotation from Ryan on his thoughts of his main.
“I was genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed my dish. I wasn’t expecting it to be bad, but did expect simplicity. What I got was a decent portion of rice and a smooth garlic chicken mix that was nicely between being dry, to being moist.
Served at a comfortably warm temperature I could eat straight away. Thankfully for me, the chili in the dish was only hinted in what would have been a deep garlic taste, meaning it only enhanced the tone of the dish, without the heat from the chili being overpowering.”
Would I have this dish again?
Choice: Massaman Curry with Chicken and Fried Rice
If you’re looking for something rich and creamy this dish is the perfect combination of both.
The sauce is mild for those not wanting to have something too spicy, and there is a good portion of diced chicken throughout, there are onions and mushrooms in it, so if you’re not a huge fan of mushrooms, like myself, I’d ask for the meal without it as it does not tell you in the menu that the dish comes with them.
Whilst I wish there was slightly more vegetables in the dish, the meal, overall, was tasty and filling.
Would I recommend this main?
I would, and I’d suggest those wanting something to warm themselves up on a rainy day to pop in and help yourself to this dish. (Note: If you enjoy curries like a Chicken Korma, I’d recommend this dish.)
If you’re looking for somewhere to eat which is reasonably priced and will give you great portion sizes, then I’d recommend this restaurant.
The staff are friendly and happy to listen to any requests you have, and it’s just a really nice, cosy restaurant to visit if you’re nearby the Birmingham Hippodrome.
Can I visit if I’m vegetarian or vegan?
Whilst the options we selected we chose to have meat in, both of the dishes we selected as mains come as non meat options, and there are other non meat choices on the menu. However, I am unsure of the exact ingredients in each dish.
The restaurant seems to be quite friendly, and I believe would be accommodating to dietary requirements so I would recommend calling up if you’re looking for vegan or vegetarian dishes to clarify which ones on the menu would specifically not include animal based ingredients.
MinMin Noodle Bar
Address: Unit 4, Latitude Building, Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham
Phone: 0121 622 5955
Open Times: Tuesday to Sunday (12:00 – 22:30)
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