Great pancakes with a side of Chinese

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2016/02/27 14:12:08 (permalink)

Great pancakes with a side of Chinese

While browsing online for local restaurants last week, I came across a place called Ming's Coffee & Tea in Drexel Hill, PA, which is a close by western suburb of Philadelphia. From the photos and description, it appeared to be a classic luncheonette that is only open for breakfast and lunch and has a menu dominated by breakfast food. But it's run by a Chinese family and they also offer a handful of Chinese noodle dishes and dumplings (at least dumplings are on the menu; they didn't have any today when we went). We went today for breakfast and were extremely impressed.
 

 
Rather than get breakfast platters with the works, my wife and I decided to order a bunch of different individual items so we could try everything that interested us.
 



 

The French toast was very good:

But my wife and I agreed that the lone, but huge banana pancake that we shared was probably the best pancake either of us had ever eaten:

The edge was perfectly crispy all the way around. There are even nice, crispy laces that jet out in spots. It really couldn't have been made any better:

 
And we ordered chicken mei fun to go. The portion is huge and will be dinner for both of us tonight.
 


 
 
Ming's Coffee & Tea
730 Burmont Rd, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
610-622-6522
(610) 622-6522
 
They only take cash and are open until 1:30 on weekends; probably the same or close to it during the week.
 
 
post edited by phlmaestro - 2016/02/27 14:17:12
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    ScreamingChicken
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    Re: Great pancakes with a side of Chinese 2016/02/27 17:32:42 (permalink)
    Looks like a pretty neat place, and you and your wife definitely took the RF-approved approach!
     
    Would you say that at Ming's they do things simply?
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    Re: Great pancakes with a side of Chinese 2016/02/27 18:54:22 (permalink)
    Interesting combo...I'll have eggs over easy with General Tso's on the side!
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    Re: Great pancakes with a side of Chinese 2016/02/27 19:52:47 (permalink)
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    Would you say that at Ming's they do things simply?



     
    Most definitely!  We had the mei fun for dinner and enjoyed it very much. They were very generous with the chicken and it was full of fresh herbs and ginger. Still, it will be the pancakes that probably get me to go back there repeatedly. It's a pretty short drive from my home.
     
    On a side note, have you or anyone else tried a chain of fried chicken called Krispy Krunchy Chicken? It seems to be sold a lot in convenience stores and gas stations. They use cajun seasoning. I'm asking because a new convenience store that we passed along the way to Ming's advertises that they sell this chicken on their sign. I'm planning on trying it either tomorrow or next weekend. I'm a little skeptical. I know it's pretty common to find high quality fried chicken in convenience stores and gas stations in parts of the south; but that's not the case in these parts.
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    Re: Great pancakes with a side of Chinese 2016/02/27 23:22:19 (permalink)
    Would you say that at Ming's they do things simply?

     
    Heh Heh.
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    Re: Great pancakes with a side of Chinese 2016/02/28 11:52:51 (permalink)
    I googled Ming and simply and I get it now.
     
    I think Martin Yan was still hosting the Chinese cooking show on PBS when I stopped watching on Saturday afternoons.
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    Re: Great pancakes with a side of Chinese 2016/02/28 14:45:14 (permalink)
    I could easily see this happening in SF, but Philadelphia area seems a little odd. However, it seems like there's already something like this going with Filipino cuisine--at least out here.  And loco moco, the Hawaiian dish. Is it working for them?  Are they doing well?
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    Re: Great pancakes with a side of Chinese 2016/02/28 15:10:36 (permalink)
    They weren't jam-packed when we were there, but they had a nice crowd. And we were there during the last hour or so that they were open Saturday. I suspect they're big with people in that area. They probably have a lot of regulars and maybe not a ton of business from outside of the fairly local area.
     
    While Drexel Hill is a very nearby suburb in terms of how close it is to the Philadelphia city line, it's not real convenient to any expressway. The movie Silver Linings Playbook was set very close to it.
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    Re: Great pancakes with a side of Chinese 2016/03/03 00:10:45 (permalink)
    Is Egg Foo Yung considered a pancake? 
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    Re: Great pancakes with a side of Chinese 2017/08/08 23:23:16 (permalink)
    Quite an interesting breakfast meal
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    Re: Great pancakes with a side of Chinese 2017/08/09 06:55:10 (permalink)
    What a great and interesting way to say, "Good morning"!
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    Re: Great pancakes with a side of Chinese 2017/08/09 08:52:00 (permalink)
    I love the sometimes hard to find Chinese Scallion Pancake. Too bad they didn't also offer that.  
     

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    Re: Great pancakes with a side of Chinese 2017/08/09 15:07:35 (permalink)
    MilwFoodlovers
    I love the sometimes hard to find Chinese Scallion Pancake. Too bad they didn't also offer that.  
     



    Try the Korean version at a local Korean joint. Just as good, imo, and easier to find.
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    Re: Great pancakes with a side of Chinese 2017/08/09 16:30:02 (permalink)
    Looks like a great find.  I'don't give it a shot in a heart beat.
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    Re: Great pancakes with a side of Chinese 2017/09/13 20:27:04 (permalink)
    I actually like Chinese cuisine and the mix of our eggs and bacon I think should be something interesting 
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