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Ming’s Bistro

Address1212 Woodward St.
Price Level$$

M, T, W, TH, F, Sat, Sun
M, T, W, TH, F, Sat, Sun
No brunch offered
Wheelchair AccessYes
BeveragesBeer & Wine
Noise LevelLow Noise Level
Outdoor DiningNo
Late NightNo
Scott's Review

Ming’s Bistro not only serves good Chinese food but does a full complement of dim sum, including traditional cart service on weekends. Be adventurous and point to something you’ve never had before.

I had some very nice entrees from the main menu, none better than the ginger scallion fish fillets. It featured thin pieces of firm white fish covered with slivers of ginger in a yellow sauce that was similar to a curry. The sauce was wonderful with the steamed white rice.

I also liked the house special casserole, though you should know this isn’t the sort of casserole known in the Western world. Rather, it’s more like a stew with all sorts of goodies in it, including beef, pork, chicken and squid.
When I requested the crispy roast pork the woman who took my order kept asking me if I was sure that was what I wanted. Usually such a question is a signal that the dish isn’t very good or is a bit off that day. But she simply wanted to make sure I knew that this particular pork would be somewhat fatty (yea!) and have some small bones. That was acceptable, and the meat, served over rice with a slightly sweet sauce, was mouth meltable.

I also got a strange look when I ordered the egg and pork congee. It was a different server this time but she kept asking if I knew what it was. Congee is basically a rice porridge, a breakfast staple in Asian countries, and a tough sell to American palates. In truth, it’s not something I usually care for because it’s just so blah, but I did like this version. The creamy texture of the boiled rice was complemented by the addition of egg and bits of pork.
Roast duck on rice, similar in presentation to the roast pork, including a side of steamed bok choy, had deliciously crispy skin.
The English descriptions on the menu can be startlingly frank, as in gingered pork intestine or fish head with tofu (which is more frightening to you, the fish head or the tofu?). Each item is presented with Chinese characters but followed by a Vietnamese translation, a nod to the predominant culture in this part of town.


1212 Woodward St.

Contact Data:

Phone: 407-898-9672