Review on Yming
It's only a short walk from the throbbing heart of Soho Chinatown, but this rather elegant - almost European restaurant - could be a world away. Owner Christine Yau is big player among the local Chinese community and she has created a venue that holds no fear for westerners. Helpfulness and accessibility are its trump cards.
The menu is intriguingly different, because it focuses on the cuisine of the northern provinces rather than putting all its eggs in the Cantonese basket. Yming is particularly renowned for its noodles: try the thick handmade version with 'three delicacies' or fiery 'dan dan' (introduced by the nationalists who fled to Hong Kong in the 1950s).
Peking duck is the real thing (four hours' notice required) and the kitchen also makes its mark with Yuunam king prawns in fermented beancurd, Gansu duck tinged with star anise, wok-roasted beef and dry-cooked beans with preserved mustard greens. The wine list is well above the Soho Chinese norm, with its thoughtful selection of top-end drinking from the Old and New Worlds.
Yming is also featured in: Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 through until
Dinner: 11.45pm Mon-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express