Ming's Chinese Cuisine and Bar

Peninsula and South Bay, California

3.4 / 2 votes

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Large Chinese Restaurant, open since 1956, with mockmeat dishes and more

A fair amount of veg options, vegan dishes are all marked on the menu.

Added by jello on Feb 10 07 (last updated Jun 11 11)

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This is an old-school, large Chinese restaurant that's been open since 1956. That may sound impressive, and I guess it is, but the food isn't that good.

I had a "spicy mixed vegetables" ($8.75) and a "cashew mock chicken soy gluten" ($9.00). I also got brown rice, and it was nice that it was on the menu, but they charge extra for it (I will never understand why Asian restaurants in the Bay Area all charge extra for rice, white or brown, when it's served free in other parts of the country).

The food was mediocre at best. The spicy mixed vegetables was not spicy and was basically just bok choy and some broccoli in a light white sauce. The dish had little flavor and not enough variety of vegetables (some carrots, baby corn and mushrooms would have been nice additions).

The cashew "chicken" was unimpressive. The chicken pieces were old-school re-hydrated TVP chunks, as opposed to more sophisticated mockmeats. The sauce was a brown, thick, corn-starchy abomination that got more gelatinous as time wore on.

Oh, and vegans and vegetarians should ask questions about ingredients, as many of the dishes in the "vegetarian" section state clearly that they contain either ham, fish, chicken, or oyster sauce.

While I kind of liked the vibe in the restaurant (there's a cozy bar up front, some living room-esque rooms to the side, and lots of space in general), it's not a place I would return to.

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Non-Smoking

Accepts Reservations

Prices

$$ - average

Payment

  • MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Chinese

Features

  • Delivery
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Private Rooms

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Hours

11am - 9pm
10:30am - 9pm

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