Man, it's really blowing outside. Cathy sent me a message saying the power out in her part of San Diego. I hope everyone is keeping warm and out of the wind!
Two weekends ago, I went up to Mira Mesa to get a haircut. I'll usually hit up a place for breakfast before my haircut; Pho Cow Cali or Pho Lucky. This time around I thought it was time for a revisit to Tim Ky which I thought was pretty good when I first visited, but was quite pedestrian on my last visit. It was fairly early, so just simple won ton and dumpling egg noodle for me.
This was pretty good, Better than what I had the last time around. The broth was light, pork-chicken, with just a touch of oil, savory, and not overly salty this time around. The charsiu was on the bland side and the two won tons were on the tough side, the 4 dumplings were also kind of chewy. The egg noodles were quite nice, good chew. Nice and simple, a nice breakfast. This got me wondering if this might be better than the version at Minh Ky.
Tim Ky Noodle
9330 Mira Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92126
So yesterday, before the storm moved in; under the overcast sky, I headed up to Minh Ky.
And while I usually order the Beef Sate Noodle - Dry here; I went with the won ton and dumpling egg noodle soup. Which, while packed with stuff, looked quite light.
The differences were quite striking. The egg noodles here were not quite as yellow as the version at TimKy and also thinner. It was also nice and al dente, the noodles probably went to MK as did the charsiu, the dumplings, and the won tons which were much more tender that I ever recalled having here. Perhaps getting here before the crowds descend (0830) makes a difference?
I think the broth at Tim Ky was slightly better, mainly due to the richness, but overall, I still think Minh Ky is better overall.
Minh Ky Restaurant
4644 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92115
It was fun doing a nice simple comparison which started with going to my haircut appointment. My hair didn't fare so well. The guy who's been cutting my hair for ages; I'd followed him all over the place, Mission Valley to Serra Mesa to El Cajon to College to his uncles house (during a bad spell he was pretty much homeless) to Rolando, to Oceanside, then most recently Mira Mesa. Unfortunately, he had just quit the day before....and I needed to get my hair cut, so I had one of the other guys cut it.....so I now have quite the buzz. The Missus gasped when I got back home....but hey, it's hair, it'll grow back. One of the guys at work asked me why I just didn't shave my head.....looking at him (balding), I just said, "hey, I get to prove that I actually have hair...."