Friday, September 25, 2009

The Ming Room @ Bangsar Shopping Centre

Bangsar Shopping Centre played a part of my childhood right through to adulthood.

I remember walking to BSC from our friend's house to buy magic cards and have a luxurious meal at Chillis.

When we grew up abit more, we chilled out like grown-ups at La Bodega.

Then the various comedy shows at the Actors Studio.

Blink an eye, the whole dull and aging place has been revamped into a brand new spanking place. Still empty and new, it still houses a few reputable restaurants.

I must admit that i have never been to Ming Room in the yester-years but i made up by visiting them a couple of weeks ago.

I think i must have found a cheaper version of Pudu Siew Yuk. The whole plate costs RM12 versus like the crazy RM13.50 minus all the rowdy people and lack of carpark.

Tastes just as good too.

Being in the same group of Oriental restaurants, think Maju Palace, there have a few funkier dim sum dishes up their sleeves. Here is a fried cod fish stick with mayo. Here you get the luxury to bite into fish rather than batter.

Egg tarts were rather small, just big enough for one bite.

The Spinach Dumpling, filled to the brim with fresh prawns

More juicy prawns in the Har Kao

Cheong Fun wrapped in a fried prawn spring alike roll.

Well siu mai i suppose is the best when pork is used; although its probably not because chicken has less flavour, its the pieces of fats you get to bite into.

The stir fried raddish cake was decent too.

What better dish that would represent childhood to adulthood? The fried salad prawns were and still is a favourite dish among the siblings, a must order during every dim sum session we had when we grew up.

The Ming Room serves a decent range of dim sum for a fairly decent price, the above cost around RM70 if i am not mistaken. Trust me, RM70 doesn't get you very far in a shopping complex nowadays, so go chill, sip chinese tea and have some dim sum.

During the quieter hours though, you may get irritated at the idling waitresses standing next to your table gossiping around themselves but i think thats really the only down side i can find (or the Girlfriend found).

Address and contact details:

3rd Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Bukit Bandaraya, 59000 KL
Tel: 03- 2284 8822 | Fax: 03- 2284 3822

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Not exactly mind blowing out of the blue dim sum, but a nice place to visit with a variety of old school and fusion dim sum.


Sean said...

am looking forward to more exciting outlets at bsc. apparently twentyone will be opening its second branch there by december...

thule a.k.a leo said...

yeah.. even my wife raved about this place. but then, she went there without me :( sob sob!
RM70 for all of the above dim sum is a good price! Including tea right?
Don't have to book for table on weekend right??

Bangsar-bAbE said...

They do a pretty good herbal chicken and tung po pork too. =)

Life for Beginners said...

Time to hit BSC again. Last time I was there was for House + Co with A Lil Fat Monkey, McCutie and Devil.

ai wei said...

my aunt told me, she spent RM 200 ++ for dim sum here. but that feed about 8 ppl

ai wei said...

my aunt told me, she spent RM 200 ++ for dim sum here. but that feed about 8 ppl

thenomadGourmand said...

Heard good stuffs abt 'em before the revamp. Seems tht they are still keepin up the reputation huh?

550ml jar of faith @minchow said...

This place got the highly coveted nod from the picky folks when they visited some time ago. Gosh, where were the cod fish sticks when I was there??

Allan Yap & Nigel A. Skelchy said...

thanks joe. Passed comments on :-)

armani said...

Hello Joe, Nigel Skelchy just emailed me your blog because I am one of the shareholders of Ming Room. Agreeing with what you say about the food would of course be biased and discounted but I just want to say that I have never seen such wonderful photography of our dim sums! They look even better than the tasting!

Thank you!

Mo Lin

superwilson said...

Food looks amazing especially the siew yuk!

Was is somewhere else before?

jessie chen. said...

superwilson: err no, ming room was like forever at bsc..

mo lin: haha ur comments are too kind, seriously..thks for dropping by and always there to giv u a honest comment.

nigel: no probs!

550ml: not dim sum time?

tng: well let me try dinner also..

ai wei: thats abt rite isnt?

kenny: yeap time to go again

bbabe: tung po pork!?? yummmm

leo: yeap incl tea of course.. err i went for sat brunch n it wasnt really too full..

sean: that sounds interesting!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

aiyoh, again my stupid comp doesnt recognise me but my sister on google..irritating..

foodbin said...

never had fried cod fish stick with mayo before-must try.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

foodbin: well i havent had it b4 too till ming room

rokh said...

loved the food here but have yet to try their dim sums! one day :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

rokh: so dinner is even better?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if this restaurant has a good ambience for a wedding dinner? Thanks for any advice.

wonkieman said...

Agree the restaurant is good and the food is GOOD BUT the managers are NOT. They are cheats!! Want to share an unpleasant experience with others on the net. Hosted a dinner for some Singapore guests on 3 Dec 2011 and had a table of 10. Chose to order ala carte. Picked a seafood in pumpkin soup as had that before some time back. Price on the menu seemed reasonable at RM20/head. When the bill came, cost of soup was RM580 (RM58/head!). Chinese restaurants have this bad habit of pricing their stuff ending with "8". Guess they are the ones who want to "fatt". Why not use something ending with "4"??)
One of the managers a chap called Loh (does not deserve to be called Mr by me) who took my order said the soup we had contained "special" seafood so that's why it's RM58/head and NOT the RM20/head as in the menu!! What a Lohlife and cheat!! Not wanting to make a scene in front of my guests, I paid up. This situation is so familiar when people are entertaining and the Chinese restaurants know this well and exploit it to their fullest economic advantage.
Anyway I hope this Lohlife knows what he's getting for his RM380 (580 -200) worth of extra profit!! He will get more than his fair share of "pubilicity".
Diners, BEWARE. Sorry I cannot scan the bill and post it to prove my case.

Vincent Ang said...

Expensive place to dine but the food n service from Christine the manager made it up !