All we have again…

I went out for dinner with Huai Bin when he was home for a while and when I asked what he would like to have, he said that he wouldn’t mind having the creamy butter prawn balls that I took him for once and he enjoyed it a lot so we ended up here at this restaurant againย and of course, we had the much coveted prawn dish…

Ming Mei Shi creamy butter prawn balls

The serving certainly seemed a lot bigger than when we had that the last time around and yes, they were as nice as ever. For the uninitiated, prawn balls are actually simply prawns with the shell removed and fried so they would curl up like balls – they are not anything like fish balls, not at all.

I did not want to order the usual stuff that I would usually have before so I asked them what new items they had on their menu and the lady suggested this claypot venison/deer meat…

Ming Mei Shi claypot venison

…and we were glad we ordered that as it was indeed very very nice. Normally, they would just fry the meat in soy sauce with lots of ginger and serve, often in a hot sizzling plate and I had never been a fan as to me, it did not taste any different from the rest like beef, for instance, as the flavour would have been drowned out by the ingredients used. This one was different – I could actually taste the venison and the gravy was really great and went so well with rice. I certainly would want to order this again the next time I drop by this place.

For our vegetable dish, we had their asparagus fried with canned topshells…

Ming Mei Shi fried asparagus

…and this too was very nicely done.

As for the soup, I ordered the Foochow chao cai (preserved vegetables) with fish soup…

Ming Mei Shi chao chai fish soup

…and I would declare that this was the best I have had anywhere in town! For the fish, they used tapah (wallagonia/boal) which certainly does not come cheap and it was so fresh and absolutely delicious…but if you’re having this, do watch out for the bones! Most places would just use the frozen fish fillet, dory, which is often jelly-like and absolutely bland or tasteless and some people even insist that it has an unpleasant smell. The soup was thick and flavourful and needless to say, this would go into my must-order list for my subsequent visits to this restaurant.

I would not say the dinner was cheap though – the bill came up to RM67.80, inclusive of rice and drinks, but for some reason or other, the lady boss just asked for RM67.50. However, we had prawns and the fish would be mighty expensive and asparagus do not come cheap here either…and the servings were huge enough for at least four people – we certainly had quite a bit of difficulty trying to finish everything, the two of us. I think if one goes in a group of 4 and order for 2, there would be enough to go round and at this price, it may be considered very cheap then. Still, considering that we enjoyed everything so much, I would say we did not regret picking this place to go for dinner that night and I, for one, would certainly want to go again…

By the way, if anyone is interested to dropping by this restaurant and still doesn’t know where it is located, you can find it in the Fortune Commercial Centre, among the shops behind the Rejang Medical Centre. Turn into the road between Mitsu Shabu Shabu and Loke Ming Yuen coffee shop, go past Sushi Tie (on your left) and Uncle Dom (on your right) to the small roundabout at the crossroads right ahead – Ming Mei Shi Seafood ย Restaurant, that’s the name, is to the right in the corner of that next block of shops.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

24 thoughts on “All we have again…”

  1. wow, so many dishes for that price? definitely cheaper than expected. Deer meat does not come cheap here either, easily cost up to rm50-60 per dish

    Oh? So it was indeed very cheap then. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Thanks for the dinner treat buddy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    The prawn balls are awesome! I think it should be called a different name coz when “prawn balls” are brought up – people automatically think of the lok lok style prawn balls (which are artificial and made with surimi – some would have bits of real at most).

    This is a different kettle of fish (pardon the pun) – like you said, it’s made with a WHOLE prawn that’s been de-shelled, de-veined and battered before being served up. My favorite dish and the portion certainly is generous.

    I was surprised at the amount of tapah fish in the soup! There’s so much fish that if it were sold as fish noodles, it might be enough for 4 generous servings. I did notice you giving me most of the fish though, cheers for that! I don’t usually like soup but I loved this type.

    Ming Mei Shi is my favorite place to eat tai chow in Sibu – that asparagus and venison dish was great too!

    Most welcome, so nice to see you back home again – always enjoy having you around.

    Yes, in Chinese, the names are different. Fish balls would be hu ee or hu wang in Hokkien whereas these prawn balls are hay kiu, not too sure what they are called in Mandarin.

    Yes, they certainly were so generous with the tapah in the soup – I had quite a bit myself and the tofu too, all of it, since you are not quite into bean curd. That’s protein too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    It certainly is my favourite place in town too.

    1. Yeah, I loved it so much we went again on Saturday! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Only me and my dad – 3 dishes, 1 butter prawn, 2 veggies and it came up to RM 64 including drinks. I quite liked their tapioca leaves cooked in lard too.

      I plan to go again next week before I go back – one last time before I write about this place. It’s more expensive than other places (except Y2K Cafe, which is about equally priced) but their dishes are good.

      Oh? That’s expensive, what you and your dad had – we had one (expensive) veg, one full of (expensive) fish soup, two (expensive) meat dishes – the deer meat and the prawns and yet the total came up to almost the same. Hmmmm….

  3. That’s a nice dinner and it’s great you guys met for dinner. HB seems enjoying his sibu home vacation. The food looks good too. Yeah, the prawn dish got my attention too, looks very delicious !

    Everything’s good here – we had a special dinner at this place when Claire, the Kucings and the rest were in town sometime ago. Ya, with Huai Bin home, I sure am glad to have a good excuse to go out and eat and have lots to blog about – more coming up!

  4. ooo that’s true, fresh fish vs frozen fillet … fresh provides the most satisfaction, as any cat would agree too, heheh (i’ve been baby-sitting a cat recently and thinking about what cats eat) ๐Ÿ˜€

    I wish I were a cat – wouldn’t mind being taken care of by you. Wow!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Connoiseur cats, can even tell the difference between fresh or frozen fish – and I have the feeling many people can’t…looking at the crowd at some places using those frozen fish fillet for their dishes, Dory some more!

  5. I wouldn’t mind having those prawns either! And, if I ever have dinner with you, I will just drink the soup and you can sapu the fish. The tedious bones overrides the freshness hahaha!

    No bones! They filleted the fish…but I did get a piece from the side and that one had the bones from the fins, easily discarded, plus I did encounter one bone in one of the other pieces. I wouldn’t have enjoyed it so much otherwise – like terubok. I love that a lot but no, I would not eat that outside and go through the hassle of removing all the bones. Wouldn’t mind eating it at home with the luxury of time and I could make a whole mess, nobody would care. Same thing with eating crabs…and same reason why we ordered the prawns, shell removed.

  6. Absolutely awesome dinner. All the food looks so so good and I specially love the prawn and vegetable dishes. That’s not all, the best part is the price…so very cheap.

    Cheap kah? More expensive in Kuching? Aiyorrrr…. Then I must say it was really worth it as everything tasted so good.

  7. Havent been to this restaurant. But the food looks good. I like that asparagus dish.

    Mustn’t miss this one. My favourite in town – you have to drop by before moving back to Kuching. Can’t say there is any similar place there that is as good – used to be one of the biggest and most popular restaurants in town (Blue Splendour at Wisma Sanyan) – the chef and his wife (who was the captain there) came out and opened their own.

    1. I have been to Blue Splendour when attended a friend’s wedding back in 2005. So where the captain opened their restaurant now?? Or do you mean they opened this restaurant?

      Yup, she and the husband chef left before Blue Splendour closed down and opened this place on their own. Now that the Blue Splendour had closed down, I would often see the boss coming here to eat. Obviously, he enjoys what they dish out.

  8. They serve asparagus every time?The vege is hard to find…and expensive too o.0
    Regarding the butter prawn dish, I reckon that Ruby does a better job(probably because of the really scrumptious gravy). But the claypot one looks so nice! I had their claypot tapah before and I think that it is so good, just a bit too salty to my liking ๐Ÿ™‚

    Dunno – they said they had that so I just ordered. Normally, I would skip it as it is indeed very expensive. Can’t remember where I had it before and it was so very old – could not even chew.

    Ruby’s butter scotch prawns would be in a class on its own – the recipe/taste is different. I think they have condensed milk in it, also very nice – the gravy goes so very well with rice. However, I think it all boils down to individual preference. This one is not so sweet…and Ruby these days, I am wary of ordering prawns…or fish. The bill that comes at the end can be quite shocking at times.

    At both places, when placing my orders, I would tell them not so salty, less msg – they tend to go overboard with these at this kind of places.

  9. The butter prawns look likes the one I had at Sarawak Club. So creamy and delicious.

    Creamier…. Sarawak Club’s is my all-time favourite. Very nice too.

  10. Haha! Yeah, I polished everything off the plate! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I did that with my dad too, he doesn’t eat much too, like you, so I have to eat for 2. I don’t mind though, coz that’s the amount I eat in KL anyway (the portions are somewhat bigger over there).

    Old age perhaps – can’t really eat that much anymore. 5 plates of kampua or several rounds at eat-all-you-can buffets were all things in the past now. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  11. I thought that the prawn balls are something like meatballs but made with prawns. Turns out that they are battered prawns. Nice! I love asparagus but I don’t know how to cook them. Since they don’t come cheap, I don’t want to take a risk and spoil an expensive dish.

    You should hear what happened to me the first time I bought some at the market. I walked around buying other stuff, swinging my arm happily…and by the time I got home, I found that all the heads were gone – all broken and dropped off along the way. End of story – no asparagus to enjoy. ๐Ÿ˜€

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