MING KEE LIVE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT: AUTHENTIC SINGAPOREAN CUISINE

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MING KEE LIVE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT: AUTHENTIC SINGAPOREAN CUISINE

I was the last one to arrive in the dining table.  My friends were on the mood for chit-chat as I arrive and be seated.  In a not so typical Chinese restaurant devoid of bright lights and huge chandeliers on ceilings, the restaurant provides a different perspective of an East Asian dining experience.

Ming Kee Live Seafood Restaurant specializes in Singaporean Chinese cuisine.  To suit the local availability of ingredients and our country being rich in marine resources, the seafood restaurant serves dishes that conforms to southern China cooking traditions yet pleasing to the Filipino taste.


I had my own favorites when we speak of Singaporean dish.  Of course, the Hainanese chicken rice (PhP480.00- half) tops my list.  Ming Kee’s version though appears ordinary for me but still a good choice to sample on. 

MING KEE LIVE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT: AUTHENTIC SINGAPOREAN CUISINE

The Ming Kee Homemade Beancurd (PhP380.00- small; PhP570.00 –medium) is surprisingly good.  I am not into vegetable dishes but this one has crunchy taste that well complements with the tender and soft beancurd.

MING KEE LIVE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT: AUTHENTIC SINGAPOREAN CUISINE

The first time I went to Singapore and actually every time I visit the country, my friend who now lives there keeps on insisting that I try the stir-fried cereal prawns (PhP525.00- small; PhP1,050.00 – medium).  From that moment, I begin to appreciate how innovative Singaporean dish is.  I love prawns in whatever way it is cooked.  When mixed with their specially-made (or ordered) cereal, it becomes a perfect dish.  Everyone in our table actually loves the cereal, which the chef who was sitting with us won’t divulge where it was sourced.  It’s a top secret.  The waiting staff and the chef even shared to us that there are some who wants to order just the cereal without the prawn.  But of course, it’s not possible.  There’s something about their stir-fried cereal prawn that I definitely would recommend to friends who love the Singaporean dish.

MING KEE LIVE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT: AUTHENTIC SINGAPOREAN CUISINE

Another house specialty is the Guinness Beer Pork Spare Ribs (PhP380.00- small; PhP570.00- medium).  The pork spare ribs tastes like humba, which is a favorite dish of mine.  The chunks of pork are cooked until it is caramelized.  The sweetened sauce is mixed with Guinness Beer.  Good thing I didn’t get drunk as I consumed a hefty serving on my plate.

MING KEE LIVE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT: AUTHENTIC SINGAPOREAN CUISINE

Ming Kee Seafood Restaurant is known for its signature Crab Beehon dish (PhP250.00/100 grams).  This rice vermicelli dish served with king crab is not only appealing in photos but gastronomically satisfying.  The fresh and succulent crab is stuffed with vermicelli (beehon) that comes with a sauce of a secret recipe. The dish is already more than 10 years and it has continuously been a favorite in Singapore.  Fortunately, we are now able to taste the dish without flying to Singapore.

MING KEE LIVE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT: AUTHENTIC SINGAPOREAN CUISINE

Ming Kee Live Seafood Restaurant may not be about lounging for hours, for romantic dates or gatherings, as the interior needs much improvement but the food is something to look forward to.  I like the couches though which are positioned near the glass windows which gives a view of the busy road of Makati Avenue.

MING KEE LIVE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT: AUTHENTIC SINGAPOREAN CUISINE

Authentic Singaporean cuisine in a relatively less-crowded restaurant is what you get at Ming Kee Live Seafood Restaurant.  Since offerings are a bit pricey, it’s better to be guided on what to place for an order and to come in groups as well.

MING KEE LIVE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT: AUTHENTIC SINGAPOREAN CUISINE

MING KEE LIVE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Makati Avenue, Makati City
(02) 893.4533

Operating Hours: 11AM-2PM and 6-10PM daily

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