Ming Court Chinese restaurant is in Blanchardstown, in one of the sections around the main Blanchardstown Centre. This busy Chinese restaurant is authentic and reliable, and they have one of the best Dim Sum menus in the country.
The Ming Court is owned and run by the Choi family, who famously owned and ran the Good World restaurant in Georges Street for many years, so the pedigree is excellent. Ming Court is on the first floor, a large L shaped dining room decorated in a contemporary style, and on the night we were there, populated with large tables of Chinese men and women, eating very interesting collections of food.
The menu features all the usual favourites, but if you want to experience some Dim Sum, and we did, we suggest you start there. Dim sum refers to a style of Chinese food prepared as small bite-sized or individual portions of food traditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. Dim sum is also well known for the unique way it is sometimes served in some restaurants, where fully cooked and ready-to-serve dim sum dishes would be pushed around on steam carts by servers who go around the restaurant offering the dishes to customers and marking orders on a card on each customer's table. Going for dim sum is usually known in Cantonese as going to "drink tea" (yum cha, 飲茶), as tea is typically served with dim sum.
In Ming Court, there’s no trolley, but a menu of almost twenty little dishes. We left ourselves in the hands of the manger, who asked what we liked, and then went away with ‘Leave it to me’. I have to say, I am all in favour of leaving things up to a knowledgeable person in a restaurant, it takes the stress out of things, and I am usually pleasantly surprised.
We were sharing a large sparkling water, and nibbling on our prawn crackers, when our selection arrived. We had Vietnam spring rolls, prawn dumpling and pork and prawn dumplings. We mixed up some soya sauce and chilli oil to create a dip, ate each in turn. The flavours of all three were well balanced, light and delicious.
We followed up with some roast duck and prawns with cashew nuts, all served with noodles and fried rice. Again, these dishes, especially the duck, were very good, and we managed to finish with a beautifully light mango custard.
Ming Court is a good mix of the contemporary and the traditional. The food is top notch, and if you are a fan of Dim Sum, this is the place for you. Next time we are back I think we will try more of them, and treat the meal like a tapas selection. Recommended.