One thing I was most looking forward to on this trip to Japan was to finally visit the Chinese restaurant my uncle owns in Tokyo called, “Minfi （明輝）.” The name of the restaurant loosely translates to “shines brightly” which, I found out, is also the name of the uncle’s younger brother.
My uncle, Meisei Sou （曽明星） (well, he’s actually my father’s cousin so he’s not really my “uncle” but I just refer to him as such because I can’t figure out what our official relationship is) is quite known in Japan’s culinary scene, most famous for beating Iron Chef Rokusaburo Michiba in 1995 in the original Iron Chef series with his now famous avocado shark fin soup.
But what’s more delicious than the artistic and exquisite Chinese dishes he serve (if it were possible) is the chef himself, who, despite his fame, is one of the most humble and charming individuals one would ever come across. There is no question as to why and how he earned the success he enjoys today.
Please enjoy the pictures of the beautiful French-inspired but authentically Chinese dishes I had the privilege of devouring. I’m not even going to bother explaining the flavor because no words will do the justice! (And please forgive for my lack of knowlege in Chinese cuisine … I don’t really know the real name of many of the dishes!)
Perhaps the most famous dish here, the avocado shark fin soup
Crab au gratin
Scallop with tarako sauce, with tomato and potato at the bottom
Soft shell crab
Shrimp with chili sauce
Beef filet stif fry
Hot pot rice with vegetable
Fluffy eggs with ankake
(By the way, do you think it’s okay to develop a total crush on your uncle without having to move to Alabama?!?)