Minfi Shines Brighly in Japane’s Culinary World

minfi-appetizerOne 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!)

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Tofu appetizer

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Perhaps the most famous dish here, the avocado shark fin soup

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Crab au gratin

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Scallop with tarako sauce, with tomato and potato at the bottom

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Soft shell crab

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Shrimp with chili sauce

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Beef filet stif fry

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Hot pot rice with vegetable

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Fluffy eggs with ankake

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Dessert

明星(Minfi/ミンフィ)
東京都港区芝浦4-12-39 (田町駅東口より徒歩7分)
★★★★★

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(By the way, do you think it’s okay to develop a total crush on your uncle without having to move to Alabama?!?)