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Min Jiang | Dim Sum in London with a View

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

Dim Sum at Min Jiang in London England

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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 a breakfast that mentally transported us to the middle east. We even took a luxury 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 first-class dim sum lunch with an amazing view.

London Dim Sum Lunch at Min Jiang

interior of Min Jiang in London
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

Daryl at Min Jiang in London
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 at Min Jiang in London
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 lunch above the Tate Modern Museum.

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.

View from Min Jiang in London
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.

Dim Sum at Min Jiang in London
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.

Dumplings Three Ways at Min Jiang in London
Dumplings Three Ways – Shrimp, Shrimp with Crab and Vegetable

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.

Deep Fried Yam Croquettes at Min Jiang in London
Deep Fried Yam Croquettes with Seafood

We ate a lot of food and all of it was good. See photos above as proof.

“Legendary” Wood-Fired Beijing Duck

Roast Duck at Min Jiang in London
Min Jiang Duck Master at Work

Min Jiang is famous for its 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 tableside 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 Roast Duck at Min Jiang in London
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.

Sauteed Gong Bao Tiger Prawns at Min Jiang in London
Sichuan-style Sauteed Gong Bao Tiger Prawns

We ate the remaining duck with fried noodles as well as 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 at Min Jiang in London
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, Montreal and even Kyoto.

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.

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About the Authors

Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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We thank Min Jiang for hosting us to facilitate this article in coordination with Traverse. We also thank Fiona from London Unattached and Krista from Passport Delicious for being great lunch companions.

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Kirsty

Saturday 10th of December 2016

OMG, what a view! But more importantly... What a feast! Note to self: Crispy Duck skin and sugar, check! Sounds like an amazing experience, and thank you so much for sharing. Cheers, Kirsty xx

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Saturday 10th of December 2016

Sugar and duck skin. Who knew?!

Marge

Wednesday 7th of December 2016

It's interesting to see a resto offering Asian cuisine in Europe. At least if ever I go there and I'm craving for the food back home, I have somewhere to go to. The food here looks scrumptious, well now I am hungry haha...

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Friday 9th of December 2016

There's lots of great Asian food in London. You won't go hungry when you visit.

Evelyne

Wednesday 7th of December 2016

Oh wow thta all looks so amazing, like the real deal in CHina! I am going to bejing soon so this wet my appetite!

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Friday 9th of December 2016

We loved the duck in Beijing, and this version was very authentic.

Tandy

Wednesday 7th of December 2016

Wow, both the view and the food look amazing!

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Friday 9th of December 2016

It really was a delightful lunch in every way.

Rosemarie

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

The duck and egg tarts have really got my tummy rumbling. These are my favourite dishes in a dim sum session. I actually like to start with egg tarts!

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

We like the way you roll. Life is short, so why not eat dessert first?!