Located just south of Chinatown on Morphett St, Ming's Steam Boat is a pretty big restaurant with tons of tables inside. Every time I pass by it I always see loads of people dining in. Especially during winter, when a steaming pot of soup bubbling with all sorts of delicious meats, vegetables and seafood is a sure-fire way to keep away the cold. There is ALWAYS somebody eating there! Even when I'm passing by at 11pm, there are still a couple of tables with people happily dining.
The interior of the restaurant is kept simple - there aren't any fancy decorations or quirky touches. But everything is practical and functional so props to that. Hot pot should always be enjoyed with a group of people and Ming's caters to that need, to an extent. Their tables can only fit a maximum of 8 people so if you've got a bigger group than that you'll need to split into two tables.
I think it's cute that the waitresses all wear a samfu; the traditional Chinese clothing helps gives a more cultural spin to the whole dining experience.
At Ming's, you can order normal dishes (stir fried foods, rice, etc) or you can go with the hot pot. Their menu is pretty extensive so don't be too overwhelmed. If you choose to have steam boat, you fill out a form that lets you choose what soup base you want and what meats and vegetables you want.
My table (there were 8 of us) got two mixed hot pot soup bases: the Special Home Made Chilli and the Chinese Herbal Medicine. It's good to have two different soups as it gives a whole new range of flavours to the foods.
I personally preferred the Chinese Herbal Medicine one (the creamy yellow one on the right) because I felt that it was easier to drink - the Special Home Made Chilli was a bit spicy and stuck in my throat a bit.
We ordered a LOT of food: dumplings, fish balls, beef slices, pork slices, fish fillets, mushrooms and vegetables, to name a few.
The people at my table went a little overboard with ordering but it was so good that we almost finished everything. The beauty of steam boat is that you can order a ton of food to share and if you've got a big table, the total cost will be split amongst all of you, and in the end you only end up paying a small amount for a huge variety of food. All in all, I had a really nice time there: delicious food and good company will do that to you.
What a fantastic article, Samantha, Congratulations on Number Ten.
I LOVE steamboat, though it has been years since I had one, and my friend's mum who used to make it has now moved to Sydney :-(
I wish there was a restaurant like this in Perth.