By Daniel Patton | Managing Editor
MingHin Cuisine, the highest Yelp-rated dim sum destination in Chinatown, opened a new location at 333 E. Benton Place in September. Serving authentic Cantonese dishes and signature Asian cocktails in three separate rooms that create as many distinct moods, the taste is the same as its flagship restaurant, which received a 2016 Michelin Guide Bib Gourmond distinction.
The dim sum menu, available all day, offers a selection of more than 40 items ranging from dumplings to sweet custards, with dozens of buns, rolls, crepes, cakes and pot stickers in between. The shrimp and pork Siu Mai ranks among the most popular, the chicken feet with special sauce among the most unique.
Under the supervision of Chef Ming, who learned to cook when he was a teenager in Canton, China, all the items are prepared with fresh ingredients as soon as they are ordered. The authenticity and the process distinguish MingHin’s dim sum, which Manager Thomas Mun describes as “traditional Hong Kong style,” from the rest.
“We prepare everything by hand,” he says, “and we steam every single item after we receive the order.”
Besides dim sum, the menu contains an impressive variety of beef, pork, poultry, vegetable, and fried rice dishes. There are also more than twenty items listed under the Live Seafood designation. For aficionados making their first visit to MingHin, Mun recommends the Ginger and Scallion with Lobster.
But when it comes to favorites, he goes right for the barbecue, which includes pork belly, spare ribs and his top choice, the roast duck — “so crispy,” he explains. MingHin also makes a “world famous” Beijing Duck that is prepared in the traditional two-course style but does not require the traditional super long wait. “You do not have to order it early,” Mun says. “We sell it like hot cakes.”
An ample selection of beverages complements the cuisine, including signature cocktails mixed with lychee liqueur, the sweet nectar of the Asian passion fruit. Created and prepared by Mun himself, the most popular is “probably the Lychee Martini,” but it doesn’t end there. “You call it,” he says. “I make them.”
Since the restaurant sits on top of a hill that descends into Lake Shore East Park, the eastern windows overlook a vast and peaceful expanse of natural greenery that underscores the distant high rises along the river. Here, the main dining room seems to float over the landscape. The second dining room and the bar are on the other side, nestled in the walkway connecting to Randolph Street. The windows bring scenes of pedestrian bustle into the space, where natural woodwork and gentle lighting create the tranquility of a cozy hideout.
MingHin Cuisine is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Happy Hour is from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays), and features a 20% discount off the total bill (dine in only). Delivery is available from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.