THE LOBBY AFTERNOON TEA 半島酒店下午茶 (THE PENINSULA HOTEL) – CHICAGO, IL

Wonderful afternoon tea at The Lobby, we were seated right away as we had reservation. The place was very grand and live band was classy, service was top notch.

The Lobby (The Peninsula Hotel, Chicago)

The afternoon tea was the most beautiful experience.

The Lobby – Afternoon Tea

The Lobby – Afternoon Tea

Traditional English Afternoon Tea – the scone was great, warm and crumbly, loved it with lemon curd and strawberry jam. Everything was beautifully presented.

Traditional English Afternoon Tea, 3 tiers

Sweets and Desserts

Excellent Scones

Savory Sandwiches

The Lobby (The Peninsula Hotel, Chicago)

Live band 2nd level

Definitely worth the experience.

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MINGHIN CUISINE 明軒 – CHICAGO, IL (CHINATOWN)

Visited this place when I was visiting my mom few months ago … it was overrated. The wait was kind of long, but it was Saturday. Don’t expect any service here.

Food was very mediocre, especially for the price point.

The only thing worth to order was the Roasted Pork – the skin was very crispy.

Shrimp Steam Flat Noodle

Beef Tripe with Daikon

Shrimp Chives Dumplings

Steam Shrimp Dumpling

Roasted Pork – probably the only thing worth to order

JOY YEE NOODLE – CHICAGO, IL

One of the busiest restaurant in Chicago Chinatown. Their popular for their bubble tea and smoothie, you literally see everyone holding one of their drink around Chinatown. The menu is huge, but food is so-so, very slappy.

We ordered couple smoothies. Real Fruits – no bad.

Mixed Fruit Smoothies

Mixed Fruit Smoothies

Tofu Fish Cake – can’t go wrong with fried food. Very hot from fryer.

Tofu Fish Cake

Tofu Fish Cake

Eel and Beef Cube over Tomato Rice – the presentation was impressive, served in a little bucket. Eel serving was a bit small, beef was good. Rice was a bit greasy.

Eel and Beef Cube over Tomato Rice

Eel and Beef Cube over Tomato Rice

Stir fry Fish and Squid – so-so, so much onion!

Fish and Squid Stir Fry

Fish and Squid Stir Fry

Malaysian Spicy A-Choy – so salty and small portion!

Malaysian Spicy A-Choy

Malaysian Spicy A-Choy

Overall, no impression about the food. Go get a drink is okay.

PIERROT GOURMET @ PENINSULA CHICAGO HOTEL – CHICAGO, IL

We didn’t plan for this visit, but so glad we did … loved everything in Pierrot Gourmet. Really enjoyed the bright, warm, cozy atmosphere. Food presentation was nice, service was good. Pierrot is part of the Peninsula Hotel, just right next to it.

Right next to the Christmas Tree

Right next to the Christmas Tree

Nice & Warm entrance decor

Nice & Warm entrance decor

Bright, warm & cozy interior

Bright, warm & cozy interior

We were served warm bread and butter, bread was soft inside and crusty outside. Very nice!

Warm Bread & Butter

Warm Bread & Butter

Boyfriend order Half & Half, Half Sandwich & Half Soup.

Pierrot Gourmet Ham & Cheese and French Onion Soup – salty ham, gruyere cheese, on warm crusty pretzel bread served with mustard butter and mixed greens. The french onion soup was ok, not the best I’ve tasted.

Pierrot Gourmet Ham & Cheese + French Onion Soup

Pierrot Gourmet Ham & Cheese + French Onion Soup

I got the Pen Chicken Salad – spinach, apples, bacon, nuts, pulled chicken, dried cranberries, cheese with bacon dressing (more like a sweet/tangy dressing). Portion was good, extremely tasty, one of the best salad I ever ate. Love!

Pen Chicken Salad

Pen Chicken Salad

Definitely will come back!!

Pierrot Gourmet
Peninsula Chicago Hotel
108 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611

HING KEE 珍味佳 – CHICAGO, IL (CHINATOWN) 小籠包 and 手工牛肉拉麵刀削麵

I’ve seen Hing Kee many many times, but never tried it and I am glad I did this time.

There used to be a male chef hand making the noodles infront of the restaurant, I believe they opened another restaurant at the end of the street (because I saw the same chef making noodles there, I forgot the name). Anyway, Hing Kee is popular for their freshly made steam Soup Dumplings or Xiao Long Bao 小籠包 and their hand-made noodle. Seats were very tight, you are really eating with your neighbors, we didn’t really mind.

Menu was very diverse, Chinese, Vietnamese, even Japanese. Boyfriend and I shared a bowl of hand-made beef noodle 手工牛肉拉麵刀削麵 and freshly made Soup Dumplings/Xiao Long Bao 現做小籠包. I didn’t see the noodle chef, but saw the Xiao Long Bao lady, she was busy kneeing the dough and making the bao, very interesting! Noodle portion was pretty good.

Beef Brisket Hand-Made Noodles – excellent noodle texture. You can choose from variety of noodle width, we picked the 2nd thickest, perfect Al-Dente! We picked a lighter soup noodle, cause we had a spicy meal the night before. Beef brisket was extremely tender, the way it should be.

Beef Brisket Noodle Soup (2nd Wide Noodle)

Beef Brisket Noodle Soup (2nd Wide Noodle)

Excellent QQ/Chewy/Al Dente Noodle!

Excellent QQ/Chewy/Al Dente Noodle!

Soup Dumplings/Xiao Long Bao – 8 pcs to an order, and freshly made and steamed. Originally we wanted to order the crab roe and pork soup dumpling, but they were out. So we ordered the regular pork soup dumpling.  They were pretty good, but I was hoping the dumpling would not leak … it did leak a little … still taste very good!

Freshly made & steamed Soup Dumpling/Xiao Long Bao!

Freshly made & steamed Soup Dumpling/Xiao Long Bao!

The soup did leak a little, but still good dumplings

The soup did leak a little, but still good dumplings

Hing Kee Restaurant
2140 S. Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616