Tea Time – Yong Yi Ting

To enjoy tea is a lifestyle of Zen. Slow down and take my time to make friends with tea. It’s a silent way to escape from the fast pace metropolis.

Back to the traditional Chinese new year in 2018, I have a lovely new year lunch by chance in Milan. It would be the best elevated Chinese cuisine in the town. It was perfect performance and a harmonious union of Traditional Chinese philosophy and graceful Italian culture. As I knew the Chef of the favourable dishes is James Hu, who is the Chef from Yong Yi Ting in Mandarin Oriental Shanghai, I was planning an escaping to the Yong Yi Ting restaurant for appreciating the extraordinary cuisine and the incredible culinary skill of Chef Hu.

I had always considered the tea culture in Shanghai was quite weaker than southern Chinese provinces like Fujian and Guangdong. However, the performance of Yong Yi Ting has overturned my thought. It was a big surprise when I saw the wide choice of excellent tea.

Yong Yi Ting is one of my favourite Chinese restaurant in Shanghai. I was amazed by the typical Jiangnan style in the interior design and decor.

As long as I walked into the restaurant, I was leaving all my heavy material. Such a wonderful experience to enjoy simple cups of tea in the magnificent surrounding.

If you would love to enjoy some dishes of dim sun and cups of tea before getting back to your office with great satisfaction, Yong Yi Ting is your first choice. Today I would love to share 5 of my favourite dim sum from the variety of options on the menu.

Steamed hairy crab meat SuMai with Minced bean curd and Steamed shrimp dumplings with hairy crab meat and egg white

If you visit Yong Yi Ting in the autumn or winter, Steamed hairy crab meat SuMai with Minced bean curd and Steamed shrimp dumplings with hairy crab meat and egg white would be on your MUST TO HAVE. Hairy crab AKA the most delicious seasonal food in Jiangnan Area. If we can have a nice cup of warm black tea at the same time with the lovely crab dim sum, that pleasant to the eye and taste would be a harmonious experience.

Whatever Steamed hairy crab meat SuMai with Minced bean curd or Steamed shrimp dumplings with hairy crab meat and egg white, they are both plump, delicious. Look at the plumpy crab roe! I bet you could always get value for your money at Yong Yi Ting

Pan-fried chicken patty with minced leek

Pan-fried chicken patty with minced leek exists to flirt with my taste buds. This product contains the rich flavour of traditional oriental vegetables. It is crisp outside, and it’s soft inside. I highly suggest a cup of Anji green tea for this lovely dim sum. That would be a proper Jiangnan experience.

Steamed seafood dumpling with seasonal red amaranth.

The appearance of the Steamed seafood dumpling with seasonal red amaranth is tempting to generate appetising experiences. Not just the presentation. The soured seafood mix with seasonal red amaranth. Its taste is fabulous. If you want to have cups of Huang Guan Yin, the combination could be excellence in colour, aroma and flavour.

Steamed lobster dumpling with morel mushrooms

Steamed lobster dumpling with morel mushrooms is a treasure for me. It’s as beautiful as a crystal. Take a bite! Lobster’s fresh and tender, the sweet fragrance from morel mushrooms, It just likes a frank sea breeze, awakes the deep sleep taste bud. I would love to have a cup of Shui Xian at the side of the treasure. It would be delightful.

I was glad to get a good experience. Award-winning Chinese restaurant, I won’t be surprised that Yong Yi Ting has been the first Michelin Restaurant in mainland China. Chef Hu is undoubtedly skilful in his specialised field but pretty humble and hospitable. Indeed, His dishes are filled with his passion and religiousness for the Chinese cuisine culture. His talents genuinely convince me. I was so glad to get such a good experience in Yong Yi Ting. I recommend it without hesitation.

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