Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum @ IpohDecember 4, 2009 | 28,500 views
Dim Sum Spread @ Ming Court Hong Kong Tim Sum, Ipoh
Talk about dim sum in Ipoh, and a few outlets come to mind. The grand-daddy of them all has to be Foh San Dim Sum, which has recently moved to a spanking new premise on Jalan Leong Sin Nam; the undisputed “Dim Sum Street” of Ipoh. But of course, along the same road, you’ll find two equally famous names, being Ming Court Hong Kong Tim Sum, and Yoke Fook Moon, all within walking distance from each other. Of course, if all these restaurants are packed like sardines, don’t give up hope. You can find a few others scattered within the vicinity, such as Chef Fatt and Chang Keong opposite of each other on Cowan Street (Jalan Raja Ekram). Wanna know the exact location of each? Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to all the dim sum restaurants mentioned above.
Pork rolled in beancurd sheets with sweet and sour sauce – One of my favourite type of dim sum ever. Since I was a small kid, really.
It’s been aeons ago since I’ve paid Ming Court Hong Kong Tim Sum (it’s spelled as that) a visit. Reason being? The relentless wait for an empty table, or in most occasions, vacant seats to be shared with some other strangers. Yeah, the ‘Thap Toi‘ (tumpang meja/sharing tables) tradition is alive and kicking at Ming Court, not unlike Foh San. The fully air-conditioned restaurant can seat quite a number of patrons, but pale in comparison to the gigantic Foh San across the street.
So comparing Ming Court head to head with Foh San’s dim sum, which restaurant fares better?
Ultra-attentive, very prompt, and overwhelming service summed up our experience at Ming Court
Unlike Foh San’s sometimes in-dire-need-of-adjustment level of service (sometimes when the capacity’s maximized, you need to carry your own plates of dim sum from the trolleys), at Ming Court once comfortably seated on your chair, you’ll be swarmed by the staff carrying trays of dim sum from all directions. It was indeed an overwhelming experience, but a positive one at that for this ensures that you’ll be served instantly; cutting down waiting time, and eliminating the need to flag your hands around for attention. Not to mention good for them business-wise, for this increase the turn-over rate of customers.
“Sek Lau Mai” – Minced pork dumplings with peanuts and Chinese chives
As the saying goes, once you’re presented with more options in life, you’ll tend to lose yourself and make your choices recklessly. Which was exactly what happened to us that morning. Not even a second was wasted, after choosing our desired tea leaves, we were surrounded. And within a flash, trays after trays of dim sum, intermittent with plates, bowls and all, miraculously appeared on the table. And take note that we were even sharing a table with a family of 7. Pandemonium, no joke.
Malai Kou – Steamed Chinese sponge cake
Ming Court serves dainty portions of dim sum, the Har Gau (Prawn dumplings) and Siew Mai (Pork dumplings) were of comparatively smaller sizes than Foh San’s. But tastewise, the dense, firm and sweet filling was tastier than Foh San’s inconsistent quality. Especially noteworthy was the “Suen Juk Quen” or minced pork rolled with beancurd sheets, then steamed with a tangy sweet and sour sauce. Can’t be found in Foh San, my preference for Ming Court’s version actually dates back to the 80’s, when we went for breakfast on Sunday mornings. You MUST try this if you’re here, an instant hit with the children, no doubt.
Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun
Clockwise from top left : Steamed pork ribs, Crispy Spring Rolls, Fried Prawn Rolls, and “Ham Sui Kok” with Char Siew fillings
The other delightful morsels we enjoyed include the simple dumplings with minced pork, chopped Chinese chives (kuchai), and boiled peanuts, aptly named ‘Sek Lau Mai’ or something like that. The fried prawn rolls were tasty, though it took them forever to bring us a plate of mayonnaise. On the other hand, the less than satisfactory items include the “Ham Sui Kok”, a chewy puff with juicy Char Siew fillings, and the disappointingly bland steamed pork ribs. The other selections fell somewhere in between.
Char Siew Pau – Steamed buns with barbecued marinated pork
The Char Siew Pau at Ming Court was okay, being neither here nor there. On a side note, the other day I packed some Char Siew Pau from Yoke Fook Moon (the restaurant further down the road), and they tasted absolutely fabulous. The “Dai Pau” (BIG buns with chicken, mushrooms, salted egg yolk, boiled eggs and crunchy radish) was equally lip-smacking stuff.
Not as creamy, but smooth and addictive stuff.
Ming Court also serves sweet soups as desserts, or Tong Sui. Especially noteworthy is the black sesame dessert, (Chi Ma Wu), which can easily be shared between two. Whereby normally in dim sum outlets the only desserts come in the form of egg tarts, or beancurd jelly with longan, at Ming Court you can find Tong Sui, to end your meal on a sweet note.
See the vultures instantly eyeing for our vacant table?
Bring your family, friends, relatives, strangers ….. or even J2Kfm (wishful thinking) to Ming Court for dim sum. But avoid the weekends/public holidays.
Since there were only three of us going for breakfast that morning, on a working day nonetheless, we held back on our orders. Though the stray thoughts and greedy eyes kept on challenging our willpower. Bring a larger group to sample more of their dim sum, and maybe you will realize that Foh San may NOT be the only KING of Dim Sum in Ipoh, after all.
The breakfast came to RM42.60 for the three of us. Each serving of dim sum is priced from RM2.20-RM2.80. Some more expensive items are priced at RM4.20.
Ming Court Hong Kong Tim Sum Sdn Bhd
32,34,36 Jalan Leong Sin Nam,
30300 Ipoh, Perak,
Tel No : 605-255 7134
Closed on Thursdays.
Here’s the GOOGLE MAP to Ming Court, and the other dim sum restaurants.
Here are some other reviews on Ming Court :
Kampungboycitygal who still thinks that Ming Court’s the best in Ipoh.
Cynthiafoo loved the Lor Mai Kai (Glutinous Rice) to bits.
Best Food Network‘s Yvonne didn’t like the Yu Mai (Fish Paste)
Xjion of My Little World did a comparison between Foh San and Ming Court