I must admit, I am a creature of habit. I loathe having to change my
ways even if it means I get a better deal out of doing so. My cell
phone company has remained the same for the past four years, mainly
because I believe they give me a good enough deal so why bother
shopping around for another and going through the pains of switching.
Ditto for my food haunts.
As an enthusiastic food lover and an over-obsessed food blogger, I
have my favourite eating joints penned down to the tee. These are
places I go to regularly when I’m in no mood for experiments and simply
want something I would absolutely love. Most times, these are also
places we drop in to when we want to celebrate. It takes the pain out
of deciding on some place new and appropriate for the occassion. But
then again, every now and then we look to expanding our list. Sometimes
even your most favourite place in the world can seem very mundane and
it’s in times like these when we venture out in search of new finds.
To be honest, I had almost given up on finding a new Hakka place
close to the area around where we live. The few we did try out didn’t
quite seem to peak our over indulgent palates, and so we resigned to
the fact that we were destined to stick with our regular hangouts. Our
current favourites make us drive across town, which kind of dampens the
spirit when there’s bad weather and we craving Hakka noodles! But
little did I know how soon things were going to change.
I first read about The Ming Room in a recent issue of the Toronto Life. They carried a special piece on the top 100 must-try-before-you-die tastes
in the area. The Ming Room’s classic dish of Manchurian Paneer featured
at number 10. Being a die-hard fan of paneer in any shape, size and
form, Hubby Dear needed no convincing and off we went to check it out.
Tucked in corner by the side of a Burger King, the Ming Room was a
definite treat! Though small in space size, the ambience was great for
a quiet casual weekend dinner. We were served complimentory crisp
wonton chips on arrival and nibbled on it as we read through our
placemats which happened to have the Chinese horoscopes printed on it.
Our order of soups came quick, in perfect one-serving bowls. My
wonton soup had fresh wontons wrapped and boiled to perfection in a
light broth. Though not an big fan of sweet corn soup, I had a taste
off Hubby Dear’s bowl and was surprised to find myself impressed by it
smoothness and delicate hint of sweetness.
For our main meal, we deicided to stick to the classics. We kind of
figured that if they were any good then the rest would simply fall into
place, and so we settled on the highly recommended Paneer Manchurian
and Chilli Chicken. Each came with a side order of white rice, and both
dishes were equally lip-smacking good.
The paneer was, simply put, absolutely delicious! Doused in a rich
spicy sauce, the little cubes of paneer had a wonderful
melt-in-your-mouth bite to it. The chicken, crisp on the outside and
perfectly tender on the inside found me nibbling on it even after I
decided I had already had my full. Needless to say, we enjoyed every
bite and devoured every morsel we could. And if that wasn’t enough,
there was enough left over for us to pack and take home, which we
happily did of course!
My verdict: It has definitely earned a place on my regular pit-stops.
Next on my list: everything else on their menu, except things that
have brocolli in them. I don’t like brocolli. Or I could just be that
little food snob and request no brocolli. I’ll be sure to update you
when I do!
|The Ming Room
6461 Mississauga Road,
Phone: (905) 812-1234
|Hours: ~ (Major Holidays Closed)
Monday to Thursday: 11am till 10pm
Friday: 11am till 11pm
Saturday: 1pm till 11pm
Sunday: 1pm till 10pm