When Jacqueline and I took a road trip to Marfa, we dined at Marpho, a quaint and trendy Vietnamese restaurant specializing in noodle dishes. I loved the simplicity of the restaurant and planned to return as soon as I was back in Marfa. Last week, Jacqueline and I came across a local noodle shop – Ming’s Noodle Bar – and I realized my noodle cravings could be satisfied right here in San Antonio.

If you frequent the Pearl Farmers Market on the weekends you may be familiar with Ming’s Thing – a local vendor specializing in steamed buns, noodle salads and hong kong egg waffles. Due to popular demand, Ming’s Thing opened Ming’s Noodle Bar adjacent to the catering cart at 5253 McCullough Ave. The grand opening took place on December 15, 2016.

Ming'sOh, hello steamed buns! We just love your soft, soft exterior accompanied with fresh veggies and Ming’s Thing ginger dressing. We ordered the Sloopy steamed bun with Chinese pulled pork and the pork belly bun. Both were exquisite and I could easily order three or four for a complete meal. Other steamed bun options include sausage and veggies.

Ming'sWhile we were devouring our appetizers, we met a new friend – Frankie the cat. Frankie spends his days wandering the restaurants in Olmos Park and greeting guests with a happy meow and a long stretch. He was the perfect companion for a cat lover like myself while I dipped my chopsticks into my noodle soup with fresh veggies and chicken broth. I was so excited to order that I forget to add smoked pork belly and a farm egg! Next time. Jacqueline opted for the chicken noodle special.

Ming'sMing’s Noodle Bar is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m.