Today my mom and I went to Kinta for a late lunch/early dinner. Kinta is on Belmont, across the street from Paradox, and features “new Malaysian cuisine.” I started with mint soda, which was made with fresh mint and kind of like a virgin mojito. And I love mojitos. My mom got ginger ale which I believe was made with fresh ginger and was also very tasty. As an underage person who does not particularly enjoy Coke or Pepsi products, I love seeing inventive non-alcoholic drinks on menus. We got the battered vegetables as an appetizer– the batter is chickpea-based, so they were a little bit like pakoras, but I would have liked them more if they were less greasy. They also had sort of a weird bitter aftertaste, which was odd. They were still good because they were deep-fried vegetables, you know?
I ordered the curry noodles for my entree. I love that you get to pick any four vegetables you want for the dishes– I got tofu, bell pepper, broccoli and mushrooms. You also get to choose which kind of noodles you want. I chose rice noodles. I always feel like I make food sound really bad when I’m trying to communicate that it just wasn’t quite as good as I wish it was, so let me say that my food was good, ok? I ate it happily, I enjoyed it, and nothing was majorly wrong with it– nothing was overcooked or otherwise gross. I think my issue with the curry noodles was that I feel like rice noodles need a wetter sauce, and that I could sort of feel the the graininess of the spices, and also that I feel like there was too much of a spice that made the noodles kind of bitter, and maybe not enough of other spices. I’m sure I’m making it clear that I am not a professional food critic. I wish that I had gotten another dish, maybe one of the noodle soups, because I have heard such awesome things about this place, and I think I just ordered something that wasn’t really to my taste. My mom actually really liked my noodles so maybe it really was just me.
Anyway, I want to go back to Kinta and try some other things, and drink a million mint sodas.