Dinner @ (the new) Ming Mei Shi

Ming Mei Shi

Ming Mei Shi moved during the Chinese New Year and we haven’t been to the new location yet. It’s one of our family favorites. The restaurant consistently puts out good food and I go at least once every time I come back to Sibu. My sister and her family was back and we decided to come here to eat before she flew back. The new Ming Mei Shi is just located two blocks away from the old site.

Ming Mei Shi Restaurant

It’s now a standalone building (!!!) by itself. Ming Mei Shi has been very successful, there’s no doubt about it. Even my brother in law was impressed by their food. However, despite having over 3 times the capacity of their old lot, the restaurant was still packed. We managed to get a table on the second floor, beside a group of (loud) MLM/insurance dinners.

Dong Po Pork

Dong Po Pork
This is their signature dish and it comes with fluffy man tou (steamed buns).

Man Tou

The server will slice up the stewed pork for you and you stuff it inside the warm buns to eat. The kids loved this!

Foochow Tofu Soup

Foochow Tofu Soup
We don’t usually order soup but we were looking for something different to eat and the waitress suggested this classic. It’s tofu soup done in the classic Foochow way, with a tin of razor clams thrown in for flavor. I liked it very much, it was just like how my maternal grandma used to make it.

Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken
This proved to be a hit when my better half came with the kids last time. We ordered the exact same thing and they liked it. However, the bright yellow color of the lemon chicken doesn’t come from food coloring, it comes from turmeric. Unfortunately, my niece and nephew didn’t like the taste of turmeric (we got this for them) so I ended up eating most of it.

Butterscotch Prawns

Butterscotch Prawns
I have always ordered this in Ming Mei Shi and they have always come out with the dry version e.g. it’s deep fried with butter. I wanted the wet version like Ruby Restaurant, which comes with a butterscotch sauce so I made sure to repeat the order several times. It still came out slightly dry with barely a teaspoon of gravy. I still love the huge de-shelled prawns though. I just don’t think they do the wet version here. smirk

Four Beans

Four Beans
This is a dish called “Four Heavenly Kings” and it’s basically a mixture of 4 different types of “beans” – okra, eggplant, green bean and corn. They do a mean and delicious version here, it’s very nice and not oily unlike other places.

Rendang Lamb Shank

Rendang Lamb Shank
This RM 60 lamb shank is made with condensed milk and it imparts a very sweet and creamy aftertaste to the gravy. There are only a couple made every day – last time I was here, they were all sold out and we managed to get one this time. It’s a little expensive for a regular sized lamb shank but you won’t complain when you take your first bite. It’s delicious.

Ming Mei Shi Sibu

The meal cost around RM 200 for all of us. There are five adults since my sister’s maid always flies in with her to take care of the children (she was the one who took this photo) and two kids so it’s quite reasonable for 7 pax. The new location is a lot better – all the tables have tablecloths and a dedicated lazy Susan and the chairs are comfortable. Be prepared for a long wait though, it took over an hour for the first dish to come out for us.

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12 thoughts on “Dinner @ (the new) Ming Mei Shi

  1. Lovely family photo! Food looks good, especially the prawns and the lamb shank. The one hour wait is not an issue when there are loved ones around to chit chat with.

  2. HB, so this restaurant is not a Cantonese style restaurant. Lemon Chicken with turmeric is not a ingedient found in Cantonese cooking must a Southeast Asian style of this dish.
    Dong Po pork I like very much when I traveled to Taiwan some restaurants do not served you mantou some do so have to ask.

  3. Lovely kids, your sister’s. So big now.

    I don’t drop by here anymore even before they moved – getting rather pricey and I’ve heard people grumbling about the food and the service and all at this new place.

  4. I terus spotted that pork and “taufu kang” from your picture already! Yummzz.. The food looks really really good.. I’ve never heard of rendang lamb shank before, but I think this is interesting.. Rendang, but made with condensed milk, I want to try! But, I still prefer the classic lamb shank, in beefy-taste-thick-gravy, served on top on mashed potatoes..

  5. all the dishes above suits my tastebud, except the lamb shank rendang. Not quite used to having localize flavoured lamb shank yet. RM200 is reasonable price considering the ambience (air conditioned restaurant setting) and a dedicated waitress to attend to the patrons’ request.

  6. I heard about its new location from my SIL when we were in transit from Sibu to Kapit last December. Unfortunately I did not stop for a night in Sibu otherwise I would love to drop by here. I enjoyed its food very much. Not expensive too.

    Rendang lamb shank. That is something new to me.

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