The location, inside the Cao Jia Alley market, is even more modest than most fly restaurants.
Their most famous dish we saw on nearly every table - the pig brains and tofu (豆腐脑花). We loved this dish, which tasted quite a bit like the saucy kind of mapo tofu but which had quite a bit more going on. When a friend of mine recently mentioned her memory had been bad lately and she should eat some brains, I knew the place to recommend.
The pickles (泡菜） came in large, crunchy shreds.
Another can't-miss dish, the lotus leaf steamed pork belly (荷叶酱肉）.
From the veg listed by the server, we asked for a plate of pea shoots. Nice and tender, and a good sized serving.
We also got a dish of sliced potatoes from the bowls out front. They were excellent.
We now understand why the Ming Ting is known as a five-star fly restaurant.
Name in Chinese: 明婷饭店
Location: 曹家巷 菜市场