• Jenni Lien

Cantonese restaurant review: Ming Court, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

New Autumn Cocktail and Dim Sum Brunch at Cantonese restaurant Ming Court in Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Although Ming Court has long been one of Hong Kong’s best Cantonese restaurants (with its Mongkok location holding one Michelin star), I knew very little about it before visiting to check out a new Autumn Cocktail and Dim Sum Brunch ($338, weekends only until 27 December). But it might be, no exaggeration, my new favourite Cantonese restaurant.


It’s located in Great Eagle Centre, an office building close to the St. Regis but feels a world away. The creamy, muted palette is elegant and soothing.


Jenni Lien food blogger at Ming Court Hong Kong HK

We were seated in the bar area for this brunch where there are banquette tables or high tables. The banquette tables book up fast so I’d request this in advance.


But onto the food… and drink!


The cocktails are crafted by the restaurant’s new head mixologist, Elmo Li, who was previously bar director at Tazmania Ballroom. She is a talent and presented us with the Ming Court Mojito and the Mala Mary along with their paired dimsum.


Cocktails at Ming Court Hong Kong HK

Pairing 1: Ming Court Mojito


Dim sum at Ming Court Hong Kong HK

steamed crab meat dumpling with egg white


Dim sum at Ming Court Hong Kong HK

taro puff pastry with pork


Dim sum at Ming Court Hong Kong HK

baked French codfish pastry with black vinegar sauce


This Mojito uses pickled-lime infused white rum which gave the cocktail a really unusual kick, one that paired very well with the Cantonese dishes.


Cocktail at Ming Court Hong Kong HK

Pairing 2: Mala Mary


Dim sum at Ming Court Hong Kong HK

drunken shrimp dumpling with bamboo shoot


Dim sum at Ming Court Hong Kong HK

steamed vegetable dumpling with marinated termite mushrooms


Dim sum at Ming Court Hong Kong HK

Australian Wagyu beef and black pepper puff


This take on the Bloody Mary packed heat and had a nice tangy aftertaste. A great drink and pairing (still dreaming about the drunken shrimp dumpling!) for those who like stronger flavours.


While the cocktails, dim sum and pairings are all excellent, this special may not be very filling for those with bigger appetites. We still had room and tucked into some of the restaurant’s signature dishes as well.


Dim sum at Ming Court Hong Kong HK

Supreme barbequed pork loin in honey sauce ($208)


Dim sum at Ming Court Hong Kong HK

Baked bamboo charcoal buns with barbequed pork ($68)


Dim sum at Ming Court Hong Kong HK

sauteed rice rolls in home-made XO sauce ($88 per person)


Dim sum at Ming Court Hong Kong HK

fried egg twist with syrup ($48)


Dim sum at Ming Court Hong Kong HK

steamed sponge cake with sesame ($58)


Dim sum at Ming Court Hong Kong HK

almond cream with egg white ($68)


Everything was delicious. The barbequed pork melted in the mouth without being too fatty. Loved the addition of onions in the barbeque pork buns. I am still dreaming about the wok hei of the sauteed rice rolls. And each of the desserts were great in their own way: the egg twists were airy, the steamed sponge cake indulgent, and the almond cream incredibly, well, creamy.


Dim sum at Ming Court Hong Kong HK

We ended our meal with the Save the Date cocktail ($118). Smooth and decadent with red dates and dried longan tea, coconut milk, red date syrup and Black Label whisky.


Verdict

Given the atmosphere and quality of the food, Ming Court Wanchai’s prices are very fair. Definitely looking forward to visiting again and perhaps giving dinner a try. Note also that the bar offers great Happy Hour deals with cocktails going for just $78 and up from 3:30 to 8pm daily.


2/F, Great Eagle Centre, 23 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, 2878 1212