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Ming’s menu features steamed buns, noodles and more

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A noodle bowl to-go is one of the many offerings found at the new Ming’s, located at 914 E. Elmira St. halfway between downtown and Pearl. Photos by Olivier J. Bourgoin

Ming Qian says her latest culinary venture offers a fresh, fun take on Asian comfort food.

Ming’s opened Sept. 22 in a two-story red-brick and glass building at 914 E. Elmira St., Suite 101, just a stone’s throw from the River Walk extension and roughly halfway between downtown and Pearl.

Qian has already made a name for herself producing authentic Chinese fare, first as a successful caterer and then with the Olmos Park-based noodle bar Ming’s Thing.  Diners also frequented her Pearl Farmers Market booth, where local foodie circles took note of the famous steamed buns, especially the “Sloopy Bun.”

What’s a Sloopy?

“It’s Chinese pulled pork on a steamed bun, served with scallions, cilantro, carrots and a ginger dressing,” she said.

The name arose by mistake, Qian added.

“When I first came up with it, I called it the ‘Sloppy Bun.’ But, somewhere along the way, a typo was made at the printers and the word was changed to ‘Sloopy’ instead,” she said. “After looking at it, I thought to myself that Sloopy Bun sounded better than Sloppy Bun.”

Ten different steamed buns are available, including the Thai shrimp bun.

Other choices include noodle bowls, noodle soups and curry rice bowls.

All noodle bowls contain mixed greens, Napa and red cabbage, broccoli, cucumbers, carrots and wood ear mushrooms. They are topped with cilantro, scallions, ginger dressing and roasted peanuts.

The new digs offer shaded seating outdoors for physically distanced, breezy patio dining. Plus, there are 50 seats inside the 2,000-square-foot restaurant.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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