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Recker-mendation: Ma Hnin Asian Restaurant

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Jon mentioned this little restaurant a long time ago and then it fell off our radar for years until tonight. His dad is in town and we wanted to try something new. Ma Hnin is located at South Calhoun and Pontiac in a former gas/service station. The interior isn’t fancy, but it’s comfortable and appropriate for the type of food served. We arrived a little after 7 and had the restaurant to ourselves, which allowed us to bend our server’s ear about her recommendations. The menu is fairly small, with a handful of appetizers, noodle dishes, and thai special dishes, but offers a nice variety.

Samosas $4.50

Samosas $4.50

We started with Samosas, a wonton filled with potatoes, onions, lentils, coriander, and spices, and they were delicious. I loved the thin and crunchy pastry shell. And talk about savory spices! So much yum packed into these little triangles. A word of advice: let them cool. Those suckers are hotter than molten lava when first served.

Koa Pad Kra Prao $6.50

Koa Pad Kra Prao $6.50

Jon chose Koa Pad Kra Prao, which is stir fried basil with choice of meat (he chose pork), served over rice with 2 eggs over easy. He ordered it medium spicy, which was plenty hot for his taste. Be sure to use the peanuts on the table with this dish- they temper the spices nicely and bring out the flavors of the ground pork and fresh basil.

Fried Noodle $6.50

Fried Noodle $6.50

Jon’s dad opted for a two dishes: Rice Noodle and Fried Noodle. Fried Noodle is stir fried noodles with seafood and served Burmese Style (which means SPICY!). We were floored with the amount and variety of seafood included with this dish; shrimp, oysters, and calamari to name a few. It also contained bok choy, red peppers and water chestnuts. It came with a small bowl of broth and a spicy salad. Yummy. I am ordering this the next time we go back. The Rice Noodle is one of the traditional Burmese dishes on the menu and is served in a large bowl in broth. It contains rice noodles, cabbage, fried beans and spices. I had only a bite of this dish, but I can’t wait to go back and order it for myself. It’s like a traditional Thai Soup I’ve had at other places, but with spices I couldn’t identify. A bit sweet, a little salty, but definitely tasty.

Rice Noodle $5.95

Rice Noodle $5.95

I ordered the Yum Talay, a hot and spicy seafood salad mixed with green onion, lime juice, and fish sauce.  It wasn’t quite what I expected, but it was good. It’s a cold dish loaded with shrimp, squid, oysters, and mushrooms. I don’t care for mushrooms, so I picked those out, but the seafood was great. You can’t get that much seafood for the price anywhere in town. The tangy combination of lime juice and fish sauce was just perfect.

Yum Talay $7.50

Yum Talay $7.50

The portion sizes are HUGE, so we were all full when we left and took quite a bit home with us too, but I am really looking forward to our next trip.

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Amber Recker moved to Fort Wayne in 2002 and is proud to call it home. She's a marketer, freelance writer, entrepreneur, community volunteer, and food blogger. By day, she serves as the director of marketing for PUNCH Films. In her spare time, she volunteers for several non-profit organizations. She and her husband Jon launched this blog, in 2010, and enjoy spending time in the kitchen. They have two Great Danes, Lucy and Lenora, who keep them on their toes.

6 comments on “Recker-mendation: Ma Hnin Asian Restaurant

  1. wonkafonka
    February 12, 2013

    I drive past this place multiple times a week and yet I’ve never been….I really need to check it out. Thanks for the motivation. :)

    • Amber
      February 12, 2013

      Perhaps it should be a Lunch Wonkafonka stop :)

      • wonkafonka
        February 12, 2013

        Oh, excellent idea! That’ll be April!

  2. Kat Hickey
    July 14, 2013

    had a thai emergency today and every other Thai place in town is closed on Sundays. google sent me to your review. we’re going to give it a try. thanks, amber!

    • Amber
      July 14, 2013

      Can’t wait to hear what you think!

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