Restaurants & Bars 2

Min in Chinatown

Teep | Feb 27, 200810:33 AM

We tried one of the newer restaurants on Dundas just east of Spadina - Min Ji - they serve Min (閩) style Chinese cuisine.I had to look up what this "Min" is - it is a part of Fukien, so it's Southern Chinese. They have a lot of items not usually found in Cantonese restos. Here's what we tried

Taro cake - looks like a hash brown, made with taro flour and deep fried. Sort of interesting.

Oyster cake - chopped up oyster and veggies (bak choy and black mushrooms) wrapped in a batter and deep fried. Looks like a muffin top. Good but a whole one for me was too much.

Chicken "Stewed Health" - this is a collection of "healthy" soups, some of them incorporating Chinese medicinal herbs. The black-bone chicken version has goji berries and maybe dong quai and/or tien chi. We also added the "thread noodles" option for $1 and they were melt in your mouth silky.

Fried rice noodles with seafood - unlike Cantonese fried vermicelli, this is not greasy at all and has lots of veggies. I liked this the best.

Shrimp with tea leaves - the shrimps (with heads and shell on) were deep fried with tea leaves. While the leaves were edible, they did not add much flavour to this dish. I would not order this again.

There are other interesting thing on the menu - moss cake (!?); guobien which is a kind of pancake in soup I think; dumplings with potato filling; as well as main dishes like eel with pickled veggies, fried squid, lobster etc. None of the ones we had were bad so would definitely go back and try other dishes. (Note that "sleeve-fish" in their menu means squid!)

Oh and cheap too. There is no tax if you eat in, and the above meal came to $23.50.

I think the address is 480 Dundas West, in the basement level.

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