Before shopping for his hot pot party (more about that in another post), Donny wanted to try out Ming’s Caffe. I always take Donny’s advice when it comes to Chinatown, so I followed his lead when ordering brunch and got a breakfast-y item and a “typical” Chinese food item. Banana french toast (Hong Kong-style) and vegetable mai fun may not sound like a winning combination, but… well, honestly there is no good reason to eat the two of them together. Not that they clashed or anything, but they weren’t that great as a pair either.
Individually they were pretty good. Donny expressed his surprise and disappointment that the french toast was not deep-fried. Rather the two slices of bread were dipped briefly in an egg mixture and cooked on a griddle (I say briefly because the crust was pretty much just fried egg on the outside of the bread, not soaked in and custard-y). Inside there were chunks of fresh banana, making for an unusual sweet/savory combo. Usually I love sweet and savory; here it was a little… off. Imagine, if you dare, a banana-filled omelet. Topped with cold butter and quickly congealing syrup, this was only so-so (though a great deal at $2.50).
The mai fun, on the other hand, was very good. My favorite part of mai fun is the texture of the tiny noodles, and Ming’s Caffe did not disappoint on that count. And there were a lot of noodles in the styrofoam container. So many, in fact, that I wasn’t able to finish them. Donny tried to caution me about this, telling me (too late) not to finish the french toast before starting on the noodles. I believe that his exact words were, “You just ate a whole fucking banana!” He wasn’t able to finish both his fried egg sandwich and his pork chop over rice either, so I don’t feel too bad.
I don’t think I’ll be going out of my way to eat at Ming’s Caffe again — there are just too many good restaurants in Chinatown.
Ming’s Caffe — 28 Canal St