As its name suggests, Ming's Steam Boat along Morphett Street is a good place to enjoy steam boat, a dish best described as being similar to a shared hot pot. A somewhat lesser known aspect of the restaurant is that they also serve a good variety of Chinese dishes. All the dishes we have tried so far were very delicious.
Tofu with Enoki Mushroom (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Ming's 'Tofu with Enoki Mushroom' is our favourite vegetable dish and we order it without fail whenever we visit the restaurant. The tofu was cooked just right with the enoki mushrooms adding a bit of extra texture. The sauce the ingredients were cooked in helped to bring out their flavour but it is advisable to eat it slowly as it comes out piping hot.
Deep Fried Salt and Pepper Pork Trotter (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
We had a long wait for the 'Deep Fried Salt and Pepper Pork Trotter' dish during our visit. The serving staff were very apologetic and explained that a substitute chef was filling in for the chef who normally cooked this dish, who was away on holiday. However the wait was worth it as the pork trotter had crisp crackling that contrasted perfectly with the tender meat. The salt and pepper seasoning enhanced the flavour of the dish and while not shown in the picture, the dish came with hoisin sauce to dip the pork in.
Pumpkin Wrapped in Salted Egg Yolk (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The 'Pumpkin Wrapped in Salted Egg Yolk' dish at Ming's is similar to the 'Braised Pumpkin with Salted Egg Yolk' dish served at Chef Dong, with slices of pumpkin fried with mashed salted egg yolk. The pumpkin was cooked just right with the mashed egg yolks complementing the pumpkin well without being too salty. Its appearance was a bit less rustic than Chef Dong's due to the egg yolks being more finely mashed.
The ambience of the restaurant was typical of a popular Chinese restaurant with the tables placed quite close to each other. The restaurant is pretty packed during the peak dinner hour as it is very popular with the locals, particularly during the colder months when having a steam boat meal is a great way to keep warm and satisfy your hunger simultaneously.