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London Dim Sum Lunch with a View

In Travel by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch1 Comment

Check out our recent London dim sum lunch at Min Jiang on the tenth floor of South Kensington’s Royal Garden Hotel. 

Check out our London dim sum lunch at Min Jiang on the tenth floor of South Kensington's Royal Garden Hotel. The food and view were both spectacular.

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As much as we loved our time in Asia, we were excited to return to Europe and all of the food that we love so much. Once our plane landed in London, we hit the ground running and attacked the city’s culinary melting pot with a vengeance. We ate bagels that stood up to their New York cousins and devoured shakshuka that mentally transported us to the middle east. We even took a dessert tour that featured French macarons and Swiss chocolate.

To cap off our exploration of London’s multi-cultural food scene, we ended our visit by indulging in a luxury dim sum lunch with a view.

London Dim Sum Lunch at Min Jiang

The interior of Min Jiang is classy and comfortable, but the view is the real knock-out. london din sum lunch 2foodtrippers

The interior of Min Jiang is classy and comfortable, but the view is the real knock-out.

Min Jiang, an authentic Chinese restaurant located on the tenth floor of the Royal Garden Hotel, is just as tony as its South Kensington neighborhood. We were excited to dine here since we have a thing for Chinese food. Not only did we spend a month eating our way through China back in 2009, but we also celebrated our wedding rehearsal dinner at a Chinatown restaurant in Philadelphia two years prior. But first drinks…

Drinks with a View

Daryl sips on a Mai Tai while he enjoys Min Jiang's breathtaking view. london dim sum lunch min jiang 2foodtrippers

Daryl sips on a Mai Tai while he enjoys Min Jiang’s breathtaking view.

Within seconds of our departure from the lift (a/k/a the elevator), the attentive Min Jiang staff greeted us with crafted cocktails like the Oriental Mojito, a refreshing concoction with lime, watermelon, sugar, mint, Havana Club Anejo Especial rum and ginger ale. The bar’s spectral view of the yellows, reds, and green foliage from adjacent Hyde Park tantalized our eyes while we enjoyed our fruity cocktails.

Mindi is all smiles at the Min Jiang bar. Is it the view or the Oriental Mojito or both? She'll never tell. london dim sum lunch min jiang 2foodtrippers

Mindi is all smiles at the Min Jiang bar. Is it the view or the Oriental Mojito or both? She’ll never tell.

Seriously, we couldn’t keep our eyes away from the picture windows with their sweeping view of Hyde Park in all of its autumnal glory. We previously enjoyed the view of St. Paul’s Cathedral earlier this year during our Tate Modern lunch. This view was just as spectacular, proving that there are stunning views all over London. The red clouds at sunset over sites like the London Eye and the Shard added to our spectacular late lunch vista.

We couldn't tear ourselves away from the scenic view from Min Jiang's windows, so we didn't. london dim sum lunch min jiang 2foodtrippers

We couldn’t tear ourselves away from the scenic view from Min Jiang’s windows, so we didn’t.

Dim Sum Feast

Though we could have happily stayed in the bar all afternoon working our way through the cocktail menu for the purpose of “advanced research”, hunger pangs soon struck and we relocated ourselves to the main room. Sipping on both hot tea and Valpolicella wine, we remained transfixed by the view of colorful trees and buildings until the food arrived. Only then did we tear our eyes away so that we could fully enjoy tasting the wonderful plates of original dim sum.

These are just some of the dim sum treats we ate at Min Jiang. It was a dim sum party! london dim sum lunch min jiang 2foodtrippers

These are just some of the dim sum treats we ate at Min Jiang. It was a dim sum party!

The dim sum plates marched to our table like participants in a food parade, each plate making us grab our chopsticks with glee and excitement. We enjoyed Xiao Long Bao (juicy soup dumplings with savory meat filling), crispy Deep Fried Yam Croquettes with Seafood and a Dumpling platter with three types of dumplings. We’re ate a lot of food and all of it good (See photo above as proof.)

Dumplings Three Ways - Shrimp, Shrimp with Crab and Vegetable. london dim sum lunch min jiang 2foodtrippers

Dumplings Three Ways – Shrimp, Shrimp with Crab and Vegetable

Deep Fried Yam Croquettes with Seafood. london dim sum lunch min jiang 2foodtrippers

Deep Fried Yam Croquettes with Seafood

“Legendary” Wood-Fired Beijing Duck

Min Jiang Duck Master at Work. london dim sum lunch 2foodtrippers min jiang

Min Jiang Duck Master at Work

Min Jiang is famous for its self-proclaimed legendary Beijing duck. In-house duck masters roast the ducks for 48 hours in a wood-fired oven and then carve the birds as part of a grand table side presentation. This signature dish was right up our alley. In fact, this was the most authentic duck presentation that we’ve seen since the great duck feasts we experienced in Beijing where uniform slices fanned out for the taking along with pancake wrappers. A large variety of dipping sauces like thick sweet hoisin, scallions and pickled vegetables rounded out the showstopping duck course. This was royal Chinese cuisine at its best.

Sliced Duck with Veggies and Sugar. london dim sum lunch min jiang 2foodtrippers

Sliced Duck with Veggies and Sugar

We had fun making little sandwiches with the sliced duck, adding copious amounts of sauce and plenty of green veggies to the homemade pancakes before scarfing them down. However, the best part of this course was dipping the crunchy duck skin into granulated sugar. Sugar? Yes, sugar. If you haven’t eaten duck like this before, then you’re missing out. We now want sugar for all future roast duck feasts – the combination is that good.

Sichuan-style Sauteed Gong Bao Tiger Prawns. london dim sum lunch min jiang 2foodtrippers

Sichuan-style Sauteed Gong Bao Tiger Prawns

We ate the remaining duck with fried noodles as well as a two more dishes – Sichuan-style Sauteed Gong Bao Tiger Prawns and Asparagus with Lotus Root and Black Pepper. This London dim sum lunch was definitely of a case of “more is more”.

Dessert

As our bottle of wine reached its end, we knew it was time to leave. But we weren’t quite ready to leave the spectacular view and who could blame us. So, we extended our stay a bit and nibbled on a dessert course of creamy Egg Custard Tarts and Poached Black Sesame Dumplings.

Egg Custard Tarts london dim sum lunch min jiang 2foodtrippers

Egg Custard Tarts

Just like we have a thing for Chinese food, we also have a thing for egg custard tarts. We first ate them  during our honeymoon in Portugal and have since eaten egg custard tarts in countries like Macau, Canada and even Japan. We didn’t expect to eat egg custard tarts in England. As we keep finding out as we travel, life is full of pleasant surprises.

 Min Jiang is located at 2-24 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 4PT, UK.

We thank Min Jiang for hosting us to facilitate this article.


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