There’s no need to make the trip into Chicago’s Chinatown to immerse yourself in the tastes of authentic Cantonese dining. You can do that right in the heart of Naperville instead.
Step into MingHin Cuisine and be transported to into a zen, upscale dining destination. MingHin is not your typical hole-in-the-wall hot spot, but rather a sprawling, sophisticated Michelin-recognized institution. In fact, 2019 marks the fourth consecutive year the restaurant has made it into the esteemed Bib Gourmand rankings for quality food at an affordable price.
The décor is modern with an Asian flare — you can sit comfortably in plush seating and carry on a conversation under soaring ceilings. While the shiny marble floors and sparkling teapots, cutlery, and plates make MingHin Cuisine seem less of a mom-and-pop place, the fair prices and friendly service will beg to differ. Upon being seated, you are offered complimentary tea, which gets refilled throughout the meal without charge.
The menu is robust. Pictures of the fare are included to help guide your decision making and tempt your taste buds. When you’re ready, there is an electronic tablet to facilitate your order.
If you’re unsure where to begin, think of the waitstaff as your navigators. Interestingly, the majority of the servers speak Cantonese and you’ll likely have more than one attending to your party.
I recommend starting with a hot and sour soup to take the chill off the winter season, then following up with the classic egg roll. Be prepared for serious flavor — the sweet and sour sauce with the appetizer is unlike anything that comes in a plastic packet. Looking for something with a little less crunch? The steamed BBQ Pork Buns are a pillowy soft, tasty bao option.
The rest of the menu is brimming with noodle and rice selections (the jalapeno fried rice packs a fantastic kick), fresh seafood dishes, and of course — what MingHin is best known for — dim sum. There is no dim sum cart to be flagged down as one might see at other traditional places, but rather a paper menu on which you check off the items you wish to try. Service is fast and efficient and the food comes out fresh and hot. The poppable pork and shrimp dim sum was steamed to perfection — light and springy with tender and flavorful meat inside. There are many flavors to try, so if dining in a group, be sure to try a wide sampling.
As well as a full bar with beer, wine, and cocktails, there are traditional Asian drinks like green and black teas, bubble teas, freezes and smoothies. Dessert options include custards and puddings, with standouts being mango and coconut versions.
MingHin currently has three other locations — one in Rolling Meadows at 1440 Golf Road (847 640-7999), and two in Chicago including one in Chinatown. A fifth location is scheduled to open soon in Evanston.
1633 North Naper Blvd., Naperville
Dim sum, BBQ pork buns, shrimp crêpe, jalapeno fried rice
Appetizers: $2.95 – $12.95
Dim sum: $3.65 – $6.95
Entrées: $10.95 – $13.95
M – Th: 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.,
F: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. ,
Sat: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. ,
Sun: 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Open 365 days a year
Dim sum served all day
Spacious parking lot