8 Reviews for Mr. Ji’s Kitchen
I say this without hesitation as I’ve pretty much been to all of them in search of good Chinese food.
You see all of these 5 star reviews, and they’re pretty spot on for a few dishes made famous by a local restaurant reviewer, but there are some other gems here that I think the Kiwi audience should consider.
The braised eggplant – Yu xiang qie zi (literally translated to “fish fragrant eggplant” even though there’s not one ounce of fish or seafood in it, it’s just a name) is fantastic with a bowl of steamed rice. Saucy, savoury, intensely soul-satisfying.
Cumin lamb – very traditionally crafted with lots of spicy, numbing effects and, of course, cumin. There’s also a lamb dish with spring onions that takes me back to my childhood of good Chinese food from the North.
Stir-fried potato strips – Yes, stir-fried potatoes! Very tasty and totally different from the usual chips and mash and baked versions from the West. Coincidentally, the Chinese name for potato is “tu dou” which literally translates to “ground bean.” Cute name, don’t you think?
Get a side of greens, a soup and maybe a dandan or noodle dish and you’re set for a Chinese-feast extravaganza.
Note: They serve Malaysian-style food here (probably to appease the uninformed masses), but if you order it, you will be missing out on some of the best Chinese food in town. For the love of god, go somewhere else for your curries and mee goreng. If you order that stuff here, you’re likely to be disappointed and other diners will look at you and laugh.
Visited January 2013
It brings back good memories of being in Asia. My only criticism would be that it gets very LOUD and you must book! This place gets full very quickly.