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Report Back on Cheap Chinese Banquet - Ming's Diner

vliang | Sep 20, 200506:38 PM

On the night of the Mid Autumn Moon Festival, a group of friends celebrated thanks to the advice from this board at Ming's Diner on Taraval (near 32 Ave).

We had the following:

Crabmeat and Fish Maw Soup
Vegetarian Goose Rounded with Jelly Fish
Prawns with Honey Walnut
Broccoli Beef
Crispy Stuffed Whole Boneless Chicken
Baked Twin Crab with Ginger & Scallion
Peking Pork Chop
Stuffed Mushroom (shriump) with Green Top
Pan Fried Sautéed Sea Bass
Special Seafood Fried Rice

Dessert of mini moon cakes brought in by me.

The soup was not as *rough* or starchy as some earlier posts indicated. More delicate than anticipated which was good. Needed the dash of white pepper though. The vegetarian goose with jelly fish was a flop. The jellyfish was cut in too thick strips and the vegetarian goose seemed like a bland vegetable quesadilla than the stuff at Shangainese restaurants that I'm used to. The broccoli beef had nice, barely sauteed florets and the beef wasn't too done. The crab was good despite it not being crab season... our expectations for sweet and juicy meat was lowered. The ginger and scallions treatment was done perfectly. The crispy stuffed chicken... I had been waiting to taste this dish for months. I loved it as did many in our group. But it seems more like a rice dish (8 treasures rice) than a chicken dish. The peking pork chop was a great combo of sweet with svaory. The plump honey walnut prawns were gobbled up instantly. The pork chop and the prawns were gone after the first rotation of the lazy susan. The greens with the stuffed mushrooms were also a hit. Apparently, not many in our group have had shrimp meat stuffed mushrooms before and some in my party thought them to be totally innovative. The fish didn't seem like sea bass. More flunder like... but good wok breath nonetheless.

The total bill came to $153 for ten people before tax and tip. This was essentially the $138 banquet menu they have and we subbed out the regular chciken for the crispy stuffed chicken. Pleasant and helpful service. Great bargain and amazing bang for the old buck!

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