This place has been on my “To Go” list so when I got the Zomato Meet Up invite I was pretty excited, both to meet up with fellow foodies on Zomato and also to try this place out. When I got there the table was nicely set up with our menu for the night, a very cute mouse cut out which I loved, and a little red packet treat. We were hosted by the friendly Tien, one of the two owners of Maid Mice. Together with her cousin, they’ve set up a Vietnamese restaurant with a twist that seems to have hit the mark with good reviews and return happy customers. And the mice? Both of them were born in the year of the rat. So was I!
Tien was very hospitable and welcoming, taking the time to explain the dishes and share anecdotes on renovations and setting up the restaurant. Given that it was a warm night, it was a delight to see a refreshing drink of Pimm’s with strawberries, orange, cucumber and lychee for that Asian touch all served in a jar. I like lychees, I may have got distracted and spent a bit of time digging them up.
Our first course for the evening was Salmon Ceviche, slices of salmon sashimi dressed with a light soy and citrus dressing, sprinkled with Asian herbs and wasabi mayonnaise. Each plate was to be shared between two people but it was so light, delicious and well balanced I could have two plates to myself. I’d be happy with that as my meal. It’s not your typical strong citrus acidic thinly sliced ceviche. Think of it as thin sashimi with a delicious dressing. Loved it!
Next on the menu was the F.O.B. Basket featuring spring rolls, wontons and nem sticks (Vietnamese grilled pork skewers). A mixture of crunchy deep fried treats and chargrill goodness. I quite liked the nem sticks, its sweetness reminds me of Bak Kwa (dried meat) I used to have back home.
While we were all chatting away and exchanging dining favourites amongst ourselves, the kitchen serves up one of my favourites – Claypot Rice. This is the Vietnamese version, a little different to Malaysian claypot rice but essentially still rice in a claypot with toppings and sauce. This had pork sausage, chicken, prawns, black fungus, glass noodles and peas with a soy based sauce topped with a lovely gleaming golden egg yolk. The best way to eat this? Mix it all up and every mouthful will be a delight.
It came time for dessert and while it was night time, I braved the Vietnamese Coffee, one of my favourites. Strong it may be, and I am usually one easily affected by caffeine, but I was extremely tired that day it just allowed me to keep my eyes open. I asked for the iced version, which is the lovely dripped coffee with condensed milk poured into a glass of ice.
Dessert was an Asian twist on the classic Creme Brulee. Why, red bean of course! While Tien did explain that red bean paste is a little coarse so the creme brulee wouldn’t be as smooth as a classic one but the flavours worked. I didn’t mind the change in texture. Mine has that perfect crystalline sugar top, cracked with a light tap. This was served with classic vanilla ice cream.
Red Bean Creme Brulee
It was a lovely experience from start to finish. The restaurant is bright and comfortable, Tien is an excellent host and the vibe is friendly and chilled. On the walls hang reminders of the past, things from their childhood, travels and photographs. Maybe I liked Maid Mice because I too was born in the year of the rat. Maybe it’s because it is that good. Can’t wait to return!
Disclaimer: Foodie Ling was invited by Zomato. Food and drink were provided at no cost but all opinions are genuine and my own.