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Ming's - Chinese-Malaysian in Thornhill


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Ming's - Chinese-Malaysian in Thornhill

Uncle Bobby | Feb 28, 2005 01:32 PM

I noticed that there was already a two-year old post on this resturant, but am nonetheless posting an update because the restaurant has moved.

My wife and I went to Ming's on Saturday for a late lunch. My wife is an Aussie, and a connaiseur of Malaysian/Indonesian curry, particularly "laksa", a kind of curry noodle dish with coconut. I am writing to give the place a plug because we had a lovely meal.

Ming's is a way up there! Ming's address is 10909 Yonge St. Where is that?! You practically have to hire a Thornhill native to guide you there. The restaurant is at the back of a massive plaza complex ("Yonge Thornhill Place"?) on the corner of Yonge and Bernard, one block north of Elgin Mills Road. Turn east onto Bernard, and then make a right-hand turn into the plaza entrance about 250m along. Drive across the parking lot in front the line of stores running across the back end of the plaza complex. Ming's is the very last store in the southeast corner of the plaza. We made the mistake of driving up Yonge St. from Bloor (we had a couple of errands on the way), but it probably would be much faster to drive up the DVP/404, exit onto Elgin Mills, and drive back across to Yonge.

The restaurant looks unpretentious from the outside, kind of like a local Chinese eat in/take out. Roomy and gloomy inside -- few windows, big booths and a couple of big round tables in the middle of the room.

Three sections for mains on the menu: Cantonese, Malaysian and Szechuan. We ate a variety. Hot and sour soup, spring roles, kari (curry) chicken laksa, beef redang and rice. We had considered getting a veg plate too, but what we ordered was plenty for the two of us, even though we were reasonably hungry. (It had taken us so damned long to get there and find the place!) We even had enough for a doggy bag.

The food was fantastic. Not only did we enjoy the food, my wife felt that it was a legit a version of southeast asian food as she had enjoyed it in Sydney, and as good as anything she had had since coming to Canada. The laksa was fantastic with big chunks of chicken and a fine curry soup. Hot, but not overpowering. My wife thought it was a little on the soupy side for her tastes, but noted that laksa is often served as a soup dish in one of those big bird-bath bowls. Her dish was served in what would be a "medium" bowl on Spadina, and I can only recall there being one size of soup bowl on the menu.

(We asked the waiter to sell us a jar of the curry paste so that we could make it at home. We live on the Danforth, after all, we told him, we are not going to do this drive all the time. Not the recipe, just the paste. No deal, he told us.)

The beef redang, another Malaysian dish, was also very enjoyable with lots of fresh ingredients in the mix, including big chunks of lemon grass and finely chopped galangal.

Hot and sour soup, more of a Cantonese dish I believe, was tastey and and savoury and full of good stuff like tofu and pickled cabbage. But a little too thick (with corn starch?). My wife also enjoyed her spring rolls (all veg), but they were nothing magical. The sauce that came with the spring rolls was a bit of a disappointment -- kind of like plum sauce -- but maybe that's the way they are served in Kuala Lampur.

The prices were very reasonable -- entrees ranged from $6 to $15 -- and the portions very good. A couple of other pluses: a coupon for Ming's is availabe in the Entertainment 2005 books; and the take-out menu advertised the menu as being "All Halal" (for those who prefer).


Uncle Bobby

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