Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Minh Hai Restaurant in Sydney Chinatown

Minh Hai (明海) Restaurant
615 George St,
Sydney, NSW

This is one of our favourite Chinese restaurant in Sydney Chinatown (actually, it's on George St. So it's outside the Chinatown proper. But it's on the Chinatown's fringe).

It's also one of the earliest Chinese restaurant in Sydney Chinatown. It's running for some 3.5 decades. It must have done something right to stay in this very tough and competitive business for this long. And indeed it has some unique dishes.

Minh Hai Restaurant, George St, Sydney, Australia
"Ming Hai" is "Bright Sea", hence the logo with the sea (and blue dolphin)

If you look at their signboard, they're telling (Chinese literate) customers that they're specialisng roasted chicken (燒雞), salted chicken (鹽焗雞) and Vietnamese beef noodles (牛肉粉 or Phở).

Asian or Asian foodie would know that the 1st 2 dishes are Chinese, specifically Cantonese specialties while the 3rd is Vietnamese.

Because the owner-operator is Chinese-Vietnamese migrant, the menu consists of a mixture of Chinese (typically, but not limited to Cantonese), and Vietnamese dishes.

There're always some Chinese-Vietnamese restaurants like these around Chinatowns of Australian capital cities. Tra-Vinh in Perth is one such example (one simple clue is that their names have an odd English suffix of "h" that follows "n". Such as "Minh" and "Vinh").

So whenever I come back to Sydney for a visit, I always come here for some delish comfort food.

We ordered 2 dishes, which happened to be a Cantonese and Vietnamese dishes. We're small eaters, and so the Salted Chicken Fried Rice dish would be enough for the both of us. But we ordered an entree to make sure we had ordered the minimum amount.

Vietnamese entree prawn rolls
(it comes in 3. We were so hungry, it was snapped up before I could snapped a photo)

Cantonese main course, salted chicken with fried rice.

The salted chicken is one of their signature dish (or as the Chinese call it signboard dish because it's actually indicated in the signboard). Must try. It's no. 31 on their photo thumbnail menu (another typically menu feature in a Chinese-Vietnamese restaurant) .

With a Chinese-Vietnamese cook, you can expect not just pure Chinese or Vietnamese dishes on the menu. There're also some Chinese-Vietnamese, let call it fusion type of dishes. For example, tomato fried rice, which is a Vietnamese dish, but it's done in a somewhat Chinese way.

There're plenty on the menu you can try out.

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