MingHin Cuisine & Chicago’s Dim Sum

Minghin is definitely authentic Chinese food.  However, I will say that their service is a bit too good for being an authentic Chinese restaurant.  Seriously.  How authentic Chinese can you be if your service is not shitty?

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Now, I was kind of skeptical with Minghin cause of the service.  In addition, their decor was really modern compared to the run down and tacky Chinese restaurants I’m frequent. MingHin’s dim sum turned out to be somewhat decent like someone who initially gave you a bad impression.  However, in most cases, I still won’t like the motherfucker.

Anyway, this was my last meal in Chicago and I wanted to go authentic before heading back to LA.  I couldn’t wait to some authentic Chinese food cause I was eating a large amount of pizza, hot dogs, Italian Beef sandwiches, and tasting menus for the past few days.  Hey go big or go home.  Actually I go home big.  By big, I mean my waistline.

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The decor

Now, the food. I had pretty much everything on the menu. Everything was decent to good so I’m just going to touch on some of my typical favorites like a bowl of Skittles.

  1. Siu Mai – The make or break it dish for every dim sum spot.  This and Har Gow is what every dim sum joint is judge upon like how man are just whether they could provide security for a woman.  The pulpiness of the ground pork, chopped shrimp and mushroom was definitely juicy and flavorful.  The soft dough wrapping on the siu mai was delicate and stuck to the dumpling like a clingy significant other.
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    Shiu Mai
  2. Har Gow – The other make it or break it dish.  It contains shrimp, cooked pork fat, bamboo shoots and scallions.  The minced shrimp could barely be seen through the translucent wheat and tapioca starch wrapper.  It sitting there taunting and daring me to eat it.  However, little does this succulent, flavorful, and seafood filled dish knows that I will devour the little SOB like there’s no tomorrow.  Chris Farley would have been proud.
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    Har Gow
  3. Roasted Pork – The main attraction of the dish is the crispy and crunchy skin.  The texture was tough but the taste was salty.  I devoured the skin and left only the tender bland meat for my friends.  It’s like one of those situations where you would just eat only the skin of fried chicken or leaving only the crust of the pizza.
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    Roasted Pork

Furthermore, I make sure I have dim sum whenever I go to a city where there is a Chinatown or a large Asian population.  I’ve had dim sum all over the world in predominant Asian areas, which are these following cities as of this review (in no particular order):

  1. Vancouver, Canada
  2. Lima, Peru
  3. Macau, Macau SAR
  4. Shanghai, China
  5. Philadelphia, PA
  6. Beijing, China
  7. Washington DC
  8. Seattle, WA
  9. Boston, MA
  10. Taipei, Taiwan
  11. San Francisco, CA
  12. Orange County, CA
  13. Los Angeles, CA
  14. New York City, NY
  15. Las Vegas, NV
  16. Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong SAR
  17. Seoul, South Korea
  18. Melbourne, Australia
  19. Sydney, Australia
  20. Chicago, IL
  21. San Diego, CA
  22. San Jose, CA
  23. Cranford, NJ

Overall, I could say Minghin was a good authentic dim sum restaurant.  Was it the best?  No.  Is it a decent option in Chicago?  Absolutely.  I wish they would stop with the “Thank you, Sir”,  “Please come again” and “Would you like a bag?” bullsh*t.  I want an authentic Chinese experience where they yell at me for taking too long to order.

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  • 7/10
    Service - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Presentation - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Flavors - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Decor - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Ambiance - 7/10
6.8/10

Summary

Minghin was a good authentic dim sum restaurant; however, it’s not the best. The only non-authentic thing about the restaurant was the decent service, which kind of creep me out a bit.

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