Ming City is one of those places where what you order really makes the difference between a great meal and a rather unimpressive one. We initially wrote this place off after trying it once when we were new to the Tron, and ordering their roast chicken noodle soup, which turned out to be literal pieces of roast chicken with noodles and broccoli (not typically found in any sort of authentic Chinese noodle soups).
But we returned later on by the recommendation of a friend, and ordered their gravy beef noodle soup instead. What a difference! Thick, chewy noodles in richly-flavoured beef soup garnished with ‘pao cai’ (Chinese salted veggies) and bok choy, with slices of tender beef brisket cooked to perfection. This is the first restaurant I’ve found in NZ to serve this, and this is what we return for. Quite often, in fact.
Their fried rice and beef pot rice set are decent, too. My only complaint is that there is no complimentary oolong tea, which is unusual for a Chinese restaurant. You have to order tea for $2, and even then there is only green tea or jasmine. That being said, their prices are pretty reasonable in general, especially for the quality of the food and the good service/ambience.
|Cost:||$10 – $15 pp|
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