Having read Yimsters posting some time ago on Mings Diner, my wife, daughter and I decided to give it a try. Yimster had stirred our interest especially about the sweet rice stuffed cornish game hen.
The first thing we were asked by the waiter was did we want the English or Chinese menu? We took both and ordered the following:
Baked Vegetarian Goose, 6.50 - (Gook Sow Gnau) Goose was cooked with a mix of slivers of cabbage, celery, carrot, taro, mushroom, etc., flat wrapped with a thin layer of dried bean cake sheet wrapping, pan fried to a thin delicately crispy colored skinon the outside. It was served with thin strands of a burgundy red, slightly pickled tasting, seaweed or vegetable ingredient over a bed of shredded iceberg lettuce. A sweet, fruity sauce dip was supplied for the goose.
Sweet Rice Stuffed Spring Chicken, 6.50 - (Nor Mai Churn Gai) - Two wings, two legs and entire body spread flat over and covering an entire 10 inch plate, piled 1-1/2 to 2 inches high yes, an entire whole young spring chicken (poussin) on top of sweet rice stuffing! The deep fried skin was very crispy and stuffing was moist and tasty with ample sausage and dried shrimp throughout. An absolutely bargain of a dish! At $6.50, truly comparable to up to $30 elsewhere (i.e., Kirin)!
Hand Shred Salt Roast Chicken, 6.95 - (Sow See Yim Gook Gai) - Chicken was tasty, juicy and typically, but not overly salty. The chicken meat was not hand shredded as literally indicated by its name but it was sliced into slivers of chicken meat with a cleaver/knife. The bones remaining were left underneath the pieces of chicken meat and over a bed of shredded iceberg lettuce. As it was, this dish was good, but it did not seemed too much special over and above a good order of just plain cut-up salt-baked chicken.
Salt Pepper Soft Shell Crab, only 3.50/crab! - (Jill Yim Yuin Hawk Hi) -. Batter on crab was delicately light and very crispy. Right combination of salt and pepper (jalapeno) for spicy taste. Menu said this is a seasonal dish! We were lucky to have ordered and received while in season! Comparable to that at Louies California Crusines!
The vegetarian goose is listed as an appetizer on the English menu; the rest were chosen from the Chinese menu. The three of us could not finish consuming all the food and so boxed plenty of leftovers to take home. We will revisit Mings Diner to try some of the other goodies!