Someone new…

My girl has a new colleague, many of them in fact, six altogether, if I am not mistaken, and one has taken up the vacant room in her unit in the teachers’ quarters. Prior to this, she had a room and the colleague who gives her a lift back to Sibu every Friday occupies the other room in the 3-room place.

The new-found friend came back with them last Friday and spent the weekend at our place, a very nice and sweet girl originally from Kuching. Gee!!! Whatever happened to those VERY stern, big and fat teachers with horn-rimmed glasses, the one depicted in Lat’s cartoons? Well, we took her around town, shopping for everything she would need…and we also took her for dinner here.

Of course we had everybody’s favourite – the butter prawn balls with creamy sauce…

Ming Mei Shi creamy butter prawn balls

I love the curry leaves in the dish – when you bite into them, they have that very nice exquisite fragrance and of course, I’ve read about their health benefits somewhere.

Normally, we would have their sweet and sour fish fillet here – the ones here a head above many of the rest…but that night, for a change, we opted for the kiam sor hu phee (salty crispy/crusty fish fillet)…

Ming Mei Shi kiam sor hu phee

…which turned out to be really great and was a welcome change indeed.

We also had the Foochow-style tofu soup (with canned oysters) and my girl wanted the fried cangkuk manis with egg…

Ming Mei Shi fried cangkuk manis with egg

…and no, it wasn’t oily, just the reflection of the light. It was good, very Foochow-style…but when I cook it myself, I would use a bit more oil – the leaves would absorb it like magic…and less water. I would prefer it drier like how they (usually) do it here

Ruby's fried cangkuk manis with egg
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…but it was all right.

Now, this was a tad too oily…

Ming Mei Shi fried midin with belacan

– their fried midin (wild jungle fern) with belacan (dried prawn paste). It tasted great though just that I would prefer it a lot more with a little less oil.

The servings were HUGE for the four of us…except for the prawns and not surprisingly so as with Chinese New Year round the corner, the price per kg has shot up by at least one third and that probably explains why the serving was a little small but was just enough to go round. On the other hand, the rest were big enough for at least 6-8 people…and we were not able to finish the vegetable dishes, just around three-quarters of each. I did not see the lady boss around initially and I forgot to tell the captain taking the orders that I would prefer very much less msg…so I did feel a little discomfort, the lingering taste in the mouth, after the dinner.

I do wish they would make the servings smaller and charge a little less – the total that night came up to RM91.00 (inclusive of rice and drinks) so I guess that would make it come to around RM80.00 for the five dishes for four people, not really cheap, I must say. Well, if anyone still does not know where this Ming Mei Shi Restaurant is located and is thinking of stopping by, it is in the Fortune Commercial Centre – the area of shops behind the Rejang Medical Centre, main building…right beside the cross-junction somewhere in the middle of that area, to the right.