Chinese Food Freshly Made: Ming Wah

Ming Wah Chinese Restaurant, a family owned business, has been a staple restaurant for me for over 15 years. I remember going to their first restaurant, The Golden Wok, in East Moline. From there Poi and her husband moved to the present location in Moline. The restaurant is in close proximity to many businesses and residential neighborhoods. The thing that keeps me returning to Ming Wah is the use of less oil and fresh and healthy ingredients in their dishes.


When I come for lunch I always get the sweet and sour soup with crispy won ton chips. I have had the egg drop soup and some times I share the larger chicken sizzling rice soup. The sizzling rice soup comes hot and steamy with hot and crispy rice which is added to the soup to create a loud and satisfying sizzling sound.

Hot And Sour Soup With Crispy Won Ton Chips

Trying to eat healthy? Fresh ingredients is the star component of Ming Wah. When I come in the afternoon I often find workers meticulously trimming a huge mountain of fresh pea pods.

My friend finds the Combination Fried Rice which is loaded with fresh bean sprouts, vegetables, tiny shrimp, chicken and pork to be addicting. In the past, we have had to go back the very next day for a to-go order.

Combination Fried Rice

My favorite dish is Yu Shian Pork which is thinly cut lengths of pork with Chinese vegetables in a spicy garlic sauce. I often ask for extra vegetables which is happily done for a very small extra charge. I choose steamed rice over fried rice and find it to be a filling, tasty, and healthy meal.

My Favorite Dish – Yu Shian Pork

The menu of the restaurant includes appetizers, soup, beef dishes, pork dishes, chicken dishes, seafood dishes, vegetarian dishes, fried rice, chop suey, lo mein, egg foo young, family dinners (for two to six). All dishes are cooked in 100% vegetable oil.

The interior of Ming Wah is warm and inviting and filled with Chinese art and cultural pieces that make for an interesting environment. The service is fast and the food is attractively presented. Low prices and generous servings keep people of all ages returning. I never feel rushed and always feel welcome at Ming Wah.

Interior Of Ming Wah


Owner, Poi, Greets Us

Ming Wah Chinese Restaurant

1315 41st Street (near intersection of 41st Street and 12th Avenue), Moline, Illinois  61265

Dine-in or Carry Out




Monday – Thursday      11:00AM – 9:00PM

Friday & Saturday        11:00AM – 10:00PM

(Last order 30 minutes before closing)

Sunday  Closed





About the author

Deborah Doehler As a life-time resident of the Quad Cities, Deborah is a multi-media artist who works in jewelry, painting, pottery, drawing, collage, and design. Deborah is retired from Black Hawk College after working for 35 years in Marketing as an award-winning graphic designer, writer, supervisor and graphics coordinator. Since 1975, she has had her own design company and studio. You’ll find Deborah serving on the Visual and Public Arts Committee for Quad City Arts where she was a board member for 8 years. She supports art and cultural events in the Quad Cities area including volunteering for events at MidCoast Fine Arts Bucktown Center for the Arts where she leases a gallery space. She served as Marketing Director for Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts for 15 years.

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