The Place If you have always enjoyed the food served at Pu Tien Restaurant, then Ming Chung Restaurant is a gem find. Located along one of the shophouses in Jalan Besar, Ming Chung Restaurant is a nondescript coffee-shop style eatery which serves authentic Henghua cuisine at a much more affordable price as compared to the exorbitant prices seen at Pu Tien restaurant. Although there is no ambience to speak of at Ming Chung Restaurant, I like the fuss-free old coffee-shop setting here, which dates all the way back to 1933 historically.
*Ming Chung Restaurant is part of our list of 22 Top Food Hunts in Jalan Besar Neighbourhood.
The Food I think that the food menu at Ming Chung is quite concise, which makes it easy for me to decide on what to order. There are only 4 types of veggie dishes to choose from (such as the usual Kang Kong & Kai Lan) and a few meaty dishes. The signature dishes have got to be the Lor Mee and Clams, which are must order dishes here at Ming Chung in my opinion.
Fried Tang Hoon (Glass Noodle) – My favourite dish here instead of the Lor Mee. It is not that the latter is not good, but rather I am won over by the way the Bee Hoon is served here. The texture is fine and dry yet the Bee Hoon is as tasty as it can get. It only comes in small and large servings; small serves only 1 pax while the large serving is for 2-3 pax.
Lor Mee – The signature dish here evidently, where almost every table has a bowl of Lor Mee. The Lor Mee is prepared in the traditional Henghua way, which has ingredients such as yam, clams and prawns. I must profess that it is as tasty as the ones from Pu Tien, if not better.
Deep fried prawn fritters – I love this dish, especially after dipping the fried prawns with the sweet sauce and chilli sauce.
Sambal fried Kang Kong with cuttlefish – Tastes like Kang Kong from every other stall, nothing special in my opinion. It is advisable to try the other veggie dishes other than this.
Rants Be mindful that it can get crowded on weekends and especially after 6pm on weekdays as well. Therefore, waiting time might be long given the limited seatings.
Will I Return Again? I do not think I will go back to Pu Tien Restaurant any time soon now that I have found a much better value for money Henghua restaurant – at Ming Chung.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Ming Chung Restaurant
67 Maude Road
Tel: +65 6296 3428