Chinese BBQ and Peking Duck By Chloe Morris
I am amazed at ethnic restaurants. They are able to run smoothly on opening day and operate as if they’ve been open for months — no soft openings and no kinks to work out. Such is the case here at Ming’s. The newest sister to the flagship on Buford Highway, was just open for two weeks when I first visited it. Amazingly, the young waitstaff performed as if they’ve been waiting tables all of their 20 years. The same thing can be said of the kitchen.
The place has a minimalist and more contemporary decor and is at least 5 times bigger than its siblings. While the original spot looks like a dump, or a market street stall in Hong Kong, this new one is worlds away in ambiance. By the way, back in the 80s, my parents refused to let us kids eat inside Ming’s and always had food to-go because Mr. BBQ Man smoked while chopping his meats. Then, in the 90s, we were so happy when DeKalb passed a No Smoking Bill in its restaurants. It still took a good 5 years before he would finally stop smoking inside.
I was actually at Ming’s Buford Highway the day before with a friend who loves to eat as much as I do; pictured here are some of my favorites: beef chow fun, young chow fried rice, Peking duck, congee.
I grew up eating at Ming’s and favorites include Peking Duck, chow fun, fried rice, wonton noodle soup, BBQ noodle soup, and veggies in oyster sauce, just to name a few. While the food in both places may be similar in most respects, the two things you must, must, must eat here are the Honey Roast Pork and the BBQ Ribs.
The Honey Roast Pork is pure heaven — the teeny, tiny hint of honey provides just the right amount of caramelized coating and color. The result is a fantastic salty-sweet flavor that’s perfect with rice or noodles. The ribs aren’t your regular Southern version. They are roasted crispy yet a tiny layer of chewy, tender meat/fat is left intact. Absolutely delicious.
I’m so lucky to live within 20 minutes of both Ming’s. If going to Buford Highway still seems like a scary thought to some of you, then this is your spot. Same owners, same good food, same great prices, but with English-speaking staff, and a much nicer ambiance.
Go for lunch when the prices start at $5.85. The half Peking Duck is $3 more here. Americanized Lunch menu also available. It is located in the same plaza where Sidney’s Buffet is located. Next to HH Gregg.
Ming’s Bar B Q Restaurant
2131 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Duluth, GA 30096
To read more lively reviews by Chloe Morris go to her blog at Chow Down Atlanta. Chloe grew up in Atlanta and knows the Buford Highway and Duluth area Asian places like the back of her hand.