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Impromptu chowdlunch at Ming's Diner

janet of reno | Dec 24, 200401:43 AM

Yimster was so kind to want to put together a good lunch in honor of my brief trip to San Francisco, so today 8 hounds lunched at Ming's Diner out on the avenues. Delicious, and one of the best bargains for the money you'll ever find. As Yimster says, look for where the construction workers eat...

Here was the menu:

Fish Maw and Crab Meat Soup
Mock Goose with Kelp
Minched Squab with lettuce cups
Conch stir fry with yellow chives and bean sprouts
Steamed oysters with ginger and scallions
steamed oysters with black bean sauce
Stuffed boneless chicken
2 salt and pepper crabs
a pork dish...but I forget the spareribs without the bones, sort of......

All this came to $16 per person including tip!!!! Yimster brought some of his special tea to drink.

You can all comment on the food. I will admit that my favorite dish was the salt and pepper crab. Others at the table kept saying it was ok, but there is better elsewhere. Well, maybe so, but for this girl from the hicks it was pure heaven!!!! I love that salty spicy taste, and lots of "yum yums" (crumbs) left on the plate!

The stuffed boneless chicken was also excellent. Derek says that it compares favorably to that which Yimster makes (well, yimsters is better of course.....), and at $18 for the whole chicken it is indeed a bargain! Another highlight was the kelp that came with the mock goose; everyone agreed it was possibly the best they'd ever eaten. I also particularly enjoyed the minced squab. I never did get a chance to try the oysters.

Afterwards we went to Marco Polo and had ice cream. Mango was delicious! Somehow I still had room for Susan's dinner tonight...more crab. yum!!

Thank you so much Yimster for planning this in my honor. I am touched. I owe you; come to Reno any time. We will plan a feast in your honor!

Ming's Diner is on Taraval between 31st and 32nd
Aves. Nothing special to look at, but who cares? They do have live fish tanks. Ingredients are fresh and well selected.

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