Focusing on serving Chinese cuisine with a Western touch, Ming Room offers a good range of dishes during lunchtime. Apart from dishes usually seen in a Chinese restaurant such as Sweet and Sour Pork, Ming Room serves a good range of clay pot rice dishes. The dishes have a wait time of around 20 minutes but they are worth the wait.
Recently introduced, Roast Pork Clay Pot Rice features pieces of roast pork, a fried egg and bok choy with a bit of sauce. Although the rice did not have enough of the crust that makes clay pot rice delectable, the roast pork had crisp crackling that contrasted wonderfully with the tender meat, and the fried egg had a runny yolk that I enjoyed. The sauce helped to tie the dish together, with the bok choy adding a bit of bite.
Southern Lap Cheong Clay Pot Rice is similar to the Roast Pork Clay Pot Rice, but with Lap Cheong and Chinese bacon replacing the roast pork. Lap Cheong is a Chinese sausage made from pork; Chinese bacon is the English term for Lop Yuk, which is made similarly to bacon but with Chinese ingredients and without getting smoked. The two ingredients added a delightful salty element to the dish. This dish is closest to the Clay Pot Rice that is served in Singapore.
Despite what the name suggests, Salmon Fish in Hot Pot is also a clay pot rice dish, using black pepper sauce instead of a soy sauce based sauce to give it a nice peppery taste. The salmon was cooked to perfection with crisp skin and added crunch was provided by the pieces of fried wonton skin.
The Taiwan Braised Pork Clay Pot Rice had a bit of the crust that I enjoyed, accompanied by tender braised pork belly, a hard-boiled egg and bok choy with the Chinese wine and spices in the braised pork rounding out the flavour of the dish. If you like, you can ask for a serving of sambal chilli to mix into the dish to give a potent spicy hit.
In addition to the clay pot rice dishes, we also ordered 'The Pearl of Orient' Fried Noodles. The noodles in the dish were cooked just right and the ingredients complemented the noodles wonderfully with a hint of 'char-grilled' flavour from the grilled chicken in the dish.