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5/5

Min Han

14, Deanstone Place, Colombo 03


Min Han (or Ming Han) is one of our favorite Chinese restaurants. It's cheap, super tasty and the waiter Wijapayala orders for you.



We’ve recently devoted some space to the apparent fall of Sri Lankan Chinese food.  Recently it seems the majority of our beloved local Chinese restaurants – Flower Drum, Chinese Dragon, Flower Lounge etc have either closed down or let standards slip. I can’t even find Chinese Park View anymore (I’m told it has  gone to Maradana) and the prospect of a fried rice and sweet and sour pork just doesn’t generate the excitement or satisfaction that it used to.

Does this mean that getting your fix of Chinese food in Colombo has gotten that much harder? Must we now subsist on a diet of curry alone? No, not at all. The fall of local Chinese food has been matched by the rise of the mainland restaurant. That’s right, the inexorable geopolitical rise of China can be felt even on the streets of Colombo. As China’s wealth, power and global ambition has grown, so has the amount of money it spends trying to win friends or cultivate friendly governments in distant parts of the world. So the past decade has seen a massive inflow of Chinese aid into Sri Lanka and with this largesse has come thousands of Chinese. Scores of diplomats, engineers, managers, foreman, labourers, their spouses and other assorted camp followers from the People’s Republic now call this island, temporary, home.

The first sign of this influx was that across Colombo, particularly Colpetty, small often very discreet  restaurants began popping up. While many Colombars failed to notice, there are internet cafes that are actually restaurants, half-closed seeming shop fronts that house busy hot-pot centres and karaoke lounges that will cook up a good gu lao ruo all around this city. One of the first of these underground eateries to be noticed by the broader Colombar community was Min Han.

Nestled at the bottom of Deanstone Place it’s little more than a room that serves authentic home-style Chinese food prepared by a couple from Hubei. And while the interior is really just five tables, excessively bright lighting and a TV constantly tuned to Chinese satellite channels, it’s clean enough and the food is absolutely authentic. This is Chinese food as you’d find in China (northern China). No hot butter cuttle fish, chop suey, or beef in oyster sauce but lots of potatoes, and meat. They do excellent guo tie(gyoza) aka fried dumplings (rs 200 for 10!), probably the best in the city.

Everything else on the menu is also pretty inexpensive and generally tasty. This is a fan guan  basically the Chinese equivalent of a buth kade so you’re not going to get high cuisine. But it’s simple tasty food. The pork belly is excellent, the fried rice reliable, they do di san xian (an aubergine and potato dish) well  and their tofu tastes fresher than elsewhere in Colombo.

You can eat well for Rs 500 something you haven’t been able to do at Flower Drum for years. The food tastes fresher and seems less laden with the colours and preservatives you find in Sri Lankan Chinese restaurants.  In terms of value for money and taste Min Han now is more than a match for any of our local Chinese restaurants. While the decor is er... basic, it’s another urban-anthropological experience watching our nascent mainland Chinese community gradually evolve and adapt to local conditions. Just watching  Min Han’s Chinese couple dealing/communicating with their one waiter, a local man who’s been there for years, is pretty amusing.

Fully recommended.

TIP

Ask Wijaypala (the waiter) what to order, we don't even look at the menu
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We love Min Han, Ming Han, whatever you want to call it. This humble Chinese restaurant does really tasty and affordable food and is always a fun night out.

Colombo has a bazillion Chinese restaurants, with new ones seemingly popping up every week. Sadly though, hardly any of 'em serve truly authentic Chinese cuisine, with most establishments serving up what has now been named "Sri lankanized Chinese". Min Han, hidden away in a small house on Deanstone place, is one of those rare exceptions. If you want to experience truly authentic Chinese cuisine, we can't think of a better place.

Nestled at the bottom of Deanstone Place it’s little more than a room that serves authentic home-style Chinese food prepared by a couple from Hubei. It's simple tasty food as you wood get in any city in China.

සිංහල යමු එකේ විතරක් නෙවෙයි, කොල්ලුපිටිය අවට රැකියාව කරන හුඟක් අය අතරේ ප්‍රසිද්ධ අවන්හලක් තමයි මේක.

සිංහල මින් හාන් එකට යමු එකේ ඈයෝ කොච්චර ආදරේද කියන්නේ මෙතනට චාටර් කට්ටිය ගෙනිච්චයි කියල ඔෆිස් එකෙන් බැණුම් අහන්න වෙලත් තියෙනවා.

සිංහල අපි පසුගිය කාලයේදී ශ්රී ලංකාවේ චීන කෑම වල බිඳවැටීම ගැන ඉඩක් ලබා දුන්නෙමු. ෆ්ලවර් ඩ්රම්, චයිනීස් ඩ්රැගන්, ෆ්ලවර් ලවුන්ජ් වැනි අප ආදරය කළ දේශීය චීන අවන්හල්වල බිඳවැටීම හෝ තත්වය පහළ යාම අපි දුටුවෙමු. මට තවදුරටත් චයිනීස් පාර්ක් වීව් අවන්හලවත් සොයාගත නොහැක. (ඒක මරදානට රැගෙන ගොස් කියා ආරංචි විණි..) ෆ්රයිඩ් රයිස් සහ ස්වීට් ඇන්ඩ් සවර් පෝර්ක්වල තවදුරටත් ඉස්සර එහි තිබූ ආකර්ෂණය ගෙන එන්නේ නැත.

Address

14, Deanstone Place, Colombo 03

Directions

On Duplication Road, past Manhattan Fish Market, turn right at the first road after Bars Cafe. Min Han is in a tiny house on the left side of the lane.

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User Reviews
Avatar for Ranjuna7
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1/5

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Ranjuna7

Was here a couple of months ago with a friend who wanted to try authentic Chinese cuisine for the first time, couldn't be more frustrated.
We started off with the classic egg sweet corn soup and eventually found out it was the only exception there would be for the night. The mains, mixed sea food rice and noodle both were a complete disaster, waited too long, was served a bit cold and to top it off, though supposedly named seafood there was nothing but fried egg and veges mixed. We actually rechecked whether we had ordered right…
The sides, Ma Po bean curd and kangkung were again both unimpressive and average respectively.
We decided to go with Min Han since all the first hand experiences we heard about were positive, specifically the food. However it is apparent that it isn't the case anymore. Strongly recommend to reevaluate yourselves and reestablish better.

Avatar for Imaad
7

1/5

0

Imaad

It's just not the same without Wijepala. Was heartbroken when I went there a little while ago, ordered the usual, only to find that all those dishes had been depreciated in quality. The dumplings have shrunk in size, and they've changed the type of noodles used in the mixed seafood fried noodles. Ugh.

F
3

5/5

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Fabian Rukshan

Taste - 5/5
Price - 800-1000
Ambiance - 2/5
Service - 5/5
Cleanliness - 3/5
For pure Chinese food this is the place but If u r looking for Sri Lankan Chinese this might jt be the one. The overall food experience was great. One small portions of dish is enough for 4 people. The quantity is great fr the price. Since it is pure Chinese it might not be spicy u can ask fr chillie paste from them. My favorite food over there was fried dumpling. Compared to other Chinese restaurants this one is really cheap. Free green tea as well

The service was awesome one of the most friendly Chinese people I have ever met. The ambiance is a bit dull. U don't get a restaurant vibe. But other than that it's a perfect place. I always go there just for fried dumplings. Definitely visit again soon.

Avatar for Ranjuna7
1

1/5

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Ranjuna7

Was here a couple of months ago with a friend who wanted to try authentic Chinese cuisine for the first time, couldn't be more frustrated.
We started off with the classic egg sweet corn soup and eventually found out it was the only exception there would be for the night. The mains, mixed sea food rice and noodle both were a complete disaster, waited too long, was served a bit cold and to top it off, though supposedly named seafood there was nothing but fried egg and veges mixed. We actually rechecked whether we had ordered right…
The sides, Ma Po bean curd and kangkung were again both unimpressive and average respectively.
We decided to go with Min Han since all the first hand experiences we heard about were positive, specifically the food. However it is apparent that it isn't the case anymore. Strongly recommend to reevaluate yourselves and reestablish better.

Avatar for Imaad
7

1/5

0

Imaad

It's just not the same without Wijepala. Was heartbroken when I went there a little while ago, ordered the usual, only to find that all those dishes had been depreciated in quality. The dumplings have shrunk in size, and they've changed the type of noodles used in the mixed seafood fried noodles. Ugh.

F
3

5/5

0

Fabian Rukshan

Taste - 5/5
Price - 800-1000
Ambiance - 2/5
Service - 5/5
Cleanliness - 3/5
For pure Chinese food this is the place but If u r looking for Sri Lankan Chinese this might jt be the one. The overall food experience was great. One small portions of dish is enough for 4 people. The quantity is great fr the price. Since it is pure Chinese it might not be spicy u can ask fr chillie paste from them. My favorite food over there was fried dumpling. Compared to other Chinese restaurants this one is really cheap. Free green tea as well

The service was awesome one of the most friendly Chinese people I have ever met. The ambiance is a bit dull. U don't get a restaurant vibe. But other than that it's a perfect place. I always go there just for fried dumplings. Definitely visit again soon.

J
1

1/5

1

Janith Bandara

This place has gone to the dogs. New waiter doesn’t know how to get an order right. Prices are now too expensive and quantities are very small. I used to be a regular customer but will never go again. Also the cleanliness is poor because if you have a look at the underside of any of the plates they’re covered in grime.

W
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4/5

2

wishwacom2018

අද මමත් ගියා … MIN-HAN Restaurant එකට (2018/03/13) yamu.lk වෙබ් පිටුවේ මග පෙන්වීම මත, ඇත්තටම සරල තැනක් . ලොකු ආටෝප මුකුත් නෑ . කෑවේ ඒ ගොලන්ගේ විශේෂ මික්ස් රයිස් පිඟාන සමග චිලි පේස්ට් එක . ගිය හැටියේම අවේ විජේපාල අංකල් :) මුලින් ටිකක් කලබලෙන් වගේ අහනවා මොනවද ඕනේ කියල ටික වෙලාවකින් සෙනග අඩු උනොත් අංකල් හොඳටම කුළු පග වෙනවා බජට් එකට හරියන විදිහට කෑම ගැන දැනුවත් කරනවා … කෑම ටික නම් රසයි හොඳට අඩුම කෙඩුම දාලා හදපු රසවත් චීන බතක් විජේපාල අංකල් විනාඩි 15 කින් විතර ගෙනත් දෙනවා එතකන් ඉතින් බීම බෝතලයක් කඩාගෙන ඉවසගෙන ඉන්න එක තමයි හොඳ … ඊළඟ සැරේ යන්නේ හොඳ චීන නුඩ්ල්ස් පිඟානක රස බලන්න… :P

K
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4/5

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KumarK

The prices have increased exponentially where it's almost a thousand per small portion. Lunch for 2 with 1 large portion of egg fried rice and 3 small portions of seafood was Rs. 4,400. Interior was still dingy and Wijayapala was missing (apparently Sunday is his off day😀) but I'll still go back since the food is tasty and I do like a difference

U
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4/5

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ugamage

Wijayapala…. also decides who pays the bill…. so no need to fight among yourselves

Avatar for J
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5/5

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J YAMU STAFF

There's a special way to speak to Wijayapala. I didn't even need to 'get friendly' with the dude for him to be totally accommodating and possibly be one of the coolest waiters ever.
Apparently he was mean to one of my friends when they went which I think is hilarious.

I
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5/5

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imajeed

You need to befriend Wijayapala. To do this, you must go there once by yourself at lunch time, by noon. Order a beer and ask him for the menu. Tell him you want one of the more authentic sounding dishes, and he will deny you. Then, ask him to suggest something. Go with it in order to establish trust. Once he knows you trust him, he is more likely to let you get adventurous. Over the years, here are the dishes he's allowed me to try: Beef Noodle Soup, Beansprout and Tofu, Hot Garlic Fish Fillet, Pork Belly with Black Fungus, Seafood Fried Noodles and Pork Dumplings. I'm still waiting for the day he let's me order a whole fish with all the sides their Chinese customers order. Fingers crossed!

Avatar for chunkyluvr69
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1/5

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chunkyluvr69

spent almost 2 hours waiting to get our food but people who came after us got food before us. Wijayapala just ignored us 90% of the time. Looks like the review needs to be updated tbh

I
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4/5

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ice shok

the food is good and cheap. the waiter, while rude, has a charm.
but a warning, we heard some rats doing weird rat things quite loudly through the wall

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