“Who can cook like Mom?” Often enough, these thoughts are felt the strongest when we move away from home. And when we do finally come home and sit down to a meal mother has prepared, we are overwhelmed with a comfort that makes us sigh and melt in our seats. Taiwanese restaurant Mimi Cheng’s is a direct answer to this question. After an extensive search for authentic and delicious Taiwanese food in New York City, the Cheng sisters decided to open up their own restaurant to share their family favorites like dumplings, noodles, and veggie dishes. And the best part is, Mimi Cheng’s strives to serve the best ingredients that are locally and organically sourced. Because ultimately that’s what mothers want—they want only the best for their children.
At one glance at the menu, you’ll notice each item is packed with vegetable goodness (i.e. Green Energy, Mighty Veggie, Taiwanese Street-Cart Greens) We decided to share a noodle soup and two types of dumplings, the Mimi Cheng and the Reinvented Classic. The 12 Hour Chicken Noodle Soup was on the lighter side—we recommend ordering a side of their Housemade Garlic Chili Oil if you’re looking to add more flavor. But the rice noodles were chewy and firm, the chicken balls fluffy and sumptuous, and the bokchoy added crunch and a nice green element to the dish. The dumplings featured delicate, thin wrappers that achieved that perfectly browned crispy skin, which is so essential to pan-fried dumplings. We enjoyed both types of dumplings, but favored the Mimi Cheng chicken over the Reinvented Classic pork as it was much more juicier and included a lovely twist on traditional ingredients. And of course, the dumplings doused in their secret sauce were absolutely delicious.
Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings
179 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
380 Broome St, New York, NY 10013