Since April this year, Min Jiang has relocated to the lush Dempsey Hill after spending more than a decade at One-North.
The restaurant’s new home is bigger than before, boasting an interior of contemporary chinoiserie. Its beautiful premises houses a 8-seater bar, airy light-filled main dining hall, 3 private rooms, as well as a wooden-decked alfresco dining veranda.
It was an impressive meal right from the start as the Steamed “Goldfish” Prawn Dumpling ($4.80) was brought to our table.
Not to worry, it’s not a real goldfish per se but a goldfish-shaped steamed crystal dumpling filled with white prawns and topped with tobiko.
Delicately presented in a mini glass bowl “swimming” in an egg white sauce, the goldfish dumpling tasted as lovely as it looked.
The Deluxe Dim Sum Platter ($38) comprising of four different exquisite morsels was definitely worth the space in our tummies too.
Our attention was quickly grabbed by the Steamed Blue Pea Truffle Vegetable Dumpling topped with edible gold flakes. The dumpling’s vibrant shades of blue comes naturally from blue pea flowers, and its filling of mung bean noodles, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, turnip and celery gave a delightful crunch in every bite.
There was also the Steamed Crabmeat, Prawn & Vegetable Dumpling artfully-shaped like a stingray, deep-fried Golden Pumpkin filled with glutinous rice, Chinese sausage and dried shrimps, and my favourite Steamed Scallop Dumpling which freshness and well-executed goodness shined through brilliantly despite its simple appearance.
Other highlights from the menu includes Braised Sea Treasure Soup in Pomegranate Egg White Parcel accompanied with Prawn Spring Roll ($48), the superbly moreish Typhoon Shelter Squid & Soft Shell Crab ($32), Stir-fried Three Treasures with Crispy Golden Mushrooms ($28), and Chicken & Kai Lan served with Ginger Paste ($34).
I totally enjoyed the pieces of poached chicken which were so tender and aromatic in that ginger and spring onion dip. Delicious but I thought the dish was a tad over-priced looking at its portion.
The Iberico Pork Fried Rice served in Mini Pumpkin ($18) accompanied with XO Sauce provided a needful dose of carbs packed with wok hei. It was so satisfying!
We rounded off the meal with housemade Chilled Blue Pea Lemongrass Jelly with Lime Sorbet & Malay Cake with Salted Egg Custard ($12).
It was a satisfying dinner at Min Jiang if just the food itself is considered, but my evening was unfortunately marred by the rattan mesh dining chair. The chair is esthetically pleasing and fit into the decor seamlessly but its material was hard and left unsightly marks on the back of my thighs.
Besides eating, I spent two hours wiggling uncomfortably in that chair. Sigh.
My advice to lady patrons would be to avoid wearing shorts or short skirts if you can. May your overall dining experience be better than mine.
Min Jiang At Dempsey
Address: 7A & 7B Dempsey Road, Singapore 249684
Contact: +65 6774 0122
Opening Hours: Daily 11:30am-2:30pm & 6:30pm-10:30pm
Prices are stated in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST. Information is correct at point of published date.