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Hong Kong Dim Sum Special – Lin Heung Tea House 蓮香樓

By , March 17, 2014

Dim Sum Warzone
No matter how much I tell my friends to get mentally ready for the Lin Heung ‘warzone’ experience, they never really are. If you do not speak Cantonese (or at least pu tong hua), and have no understanding of the dim sum trolley culture – good luck.

First things first, grab your seats or wait around like a vulture till you get some empty ones. You definitely have to share the table with complete strangers.

Dim sum ladies would come out pushing trolleys of food. For popular items like the cheong fun, this is a competition of fastest runner and fastest hands first. The price is cheap, though quality nothing to shock about.

It is probably one of the 10 things you must experience in Hong Kong if you are a foodie.

Lin Heung Tea House 蓮香樓
162 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong (Sheung Wan MTR Exit E2)
Tel: +852 25444556 (Queue up very early) $
Opening Hours: 6am – 11pm

10 Best Dim Sum Restaurants In Hong Kong

Hong Kong Dim Sum Special – Tim Ho Wan 添好運

By , March 16, 2014

Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurant in the World
Tim Ho Wan is the hole-in-the-wall dim sum restaurant that scored One Michelin Star, thereby earning its reputation as the ‘cheapest Michelin Star restaurant in the world’.

Owner-chef known as Pui-Gor (Chef Mak Kwai Pui) is formerly from 3-star Michelin restaurant Lung King Heen.

His signature Baked Bun with Barbecued Pork (HK$16 for 3) is seriously the best I ever eaten. Very similar to a bolo bao, the sweet pastry covered bun is light and fluffy, with skin so thin, and saucy char siew pork within almost oozing out. Supercrazygood! The rest of the other dim sum were inconsistent, and service the typical hurried and no-frills. (Read: Tim Ho Wan)

Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists 添好運
9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po 深水埗福榮街9-11號地下 (10 min walk from Sham Shui Po MTR)
Tel: +852 2788 1226 (Queue up) $
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 9:30pm (Daily)

Other branches: Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall
Shop B, C, & D, G/F, 2-8 Wharf Road, Seaview Building, North Point
Shop G, 72A-B, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kwok Tsui

10 Best Dim Sum Restaurants In Hong Kong

Hong Kong Dim Sum Special – Lei Garden Restaurant Group 利苑酒家

By , March 14, 2014

Consistent Quality
If there is one word to describe the Lei Garden group, it would be ‘consistency’. Almost every single one of its restaurant has a Michelin star, and the “Principal” Mr Chan and his chefs make it a point to taste its food every day.

They were the ones who created the oh-so-famous XO sauce, and Chilled Mango Sago with Grape Fruit dessert, and customers never fail to order their classic-double boiled soups.

While not all dim sum items are hits, most would be better than the average restaurant out there.

Lei Garden Restaurant Group 利苑酒家
Shop No. 3007-3011, 3/F., International Finance Centre IFC, Central, Hongkong (Central MTR)
Tel.No.: +852 2295 0238 (Reservations required) $$
Opening Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m, Dinner: 6:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m (Mon-Sat); 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m, 6:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m (Sun)

Branches at Elements, Kowloon Bay Telford Plaza 1, Kwun Tong Millennium City 5, Mong Kok, North Point City Garden, Sha Tin New Town Plaza, Tsim Sha Tsui Houston Centre, Wan Chai CNT Tower

10 Best Dim Sum Restaurants In Hong Kong

Hong Kong Dim Sum Special – Luk Yu Tea House 陸羽茶室

By , March 13, 2014

Traditional Hong Kong Tea House
For a taste of old traditional Hong Kong tea house, Luk Yu that has been opened since 1933 would be a perfect backdrop. You almost feel that you are entering a Cantonese movie set, with the elderly service staff dressed in white urging to order Chinese tea.

Dim sum are about HK$40 per basket, with the usual recommendations including steamed rice with duck meat wrapped in fresh lotus leaves, deep-fried Chinese ham-and-chicken meat pie, and jumbo-size chicken bun.

I say you can come here if you want to experience old Hong Kong, without the madness of Lin Heung a 10 minute walk away.

Luk Yu Tea House 陸羽茶室
24-26 Stanley Street, Central (Central or Sheung Wan MTR) Tel: +852 2523 5464 (Queue up) $$
Opening Hours: 7am – 5pm Daily

10 Best Dim Sum Restaurants In Hong Kong

Hong Kong Dim Sum Special – Cuisine Cuisine 國金軒

By , March 12, 2014

Nouvelle Cantonese Styles
Cuisine Cuisine, located at one of my favourite hotels in Hong Kong at The Mira, has a different take to dim sum – with a mix of traditional and nouvelle Cantonese styles, and taste is not compromised.

The restaurant is sleek classy in emerald green, suitable for business lunches as well.

The Pan Fried Turnip Cakes with Parma Ham and Prawns in XO Chilli Sauce (H$68) is one of the best and most memorable I ever eaten (plus it’s photogenic), and its Steamed Wild Mushroom and Black Truffle Dumplings, Baked Barbecued Pork Buns (HK$58 for 3 pieces) and Shanghai Steamed Xiao Long Bao (HK$48) are all made delicately, are rich and of high quality.

Cuisine Cuisine 國金軒
3/F, The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (10 min walk from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Exit B2)
Tel: +852 2315 5222 (Reservations required) $$
Opening Hours: 11:30am-2:30pm & 6:00pm-10:30pm (Mon-Sat), 10:30am-3:00pm & 6:00pm-10:30pm (Sun & PH)

Central Branch: Shop 3101, Podium Level 3, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, Tel: +852 2393 3933

10 Best Dim Sum Restaurants In Hong Kong

Hong Kong Dim Sum Special – Lung King Heen 龍景軒

By , March 10, 2014

3 Star Michelin
Lung King Heen at Four Seasons Hotel is the world’s first Chinese restaurant and the only Cantonese restaurant in Hong Kong awarded the coveted maximum of 3 Michelin stars.

With a name that means “view of the dragon”, it almost feels that you are walking into a palace with an open dining hall offering a panorama of the Victoria Harbour.

Executive Chef Chan Yan Tak does an amazing job with creating menus serving exquisite delicate dim sum, with popular items including Steamed Lobster and Scallop Dumpling, Baked Whole Abalone Puff with Diced Chicken and Steamed Shrimp and Pork Dumplings with Crab Roe.

Be prepared to pay at least 3-4 more than the usual dim sum restaurants. (Read: Lung King Heen 龍景軒)

Lung King Heen 龍景軒
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Podium 4, 8 Finance Street, Central (Hong Kong MTR)
Tel: +852 3196 8888 (Reservations 1-2 months ahead required. $$$
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 2:30 pm; 6pm – 10:30 pm

10 Best Dim Sum Restaurants In Hong Kong

Hong Kong Dim Sum Special – Tin Lung Heen 天龍軒

By , March 7, 2014

Highest in the World
The view literally stole my breath away, the food did too. Located on Level 102 of the Ritz Carlton, the 2-star Michelin restaurant is dramatically elegant with a picturesque view. Service is top-notch gentlemanly.

Chef Paul Lau Ping Lui is one of the top Cantonese chefs in Hong Kong, and items such as the Steamed Golden Shrimp Dumplings with Bambo Shoots and Asparagus (HK$86), Baked Abalone Puffs with Roasted Goose (HK$116), Foie Gras Dumplings wrapped with Shredded Pastry (HK$78), and famed Iberico Pork BBQ Char Siu (HK$268) are must-tries. Price is on the very high side too.

Tin Lung Heen 天龍軒
102/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon MTR)
Tel: +852 2263 2270 (Reservations required) $$$
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, 6:00pm – 10:30pm (Mon to Fri), 11:30am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:30pm (Sat to Sun)

10 Best Dim Sum Restaurants In Hong Kong

Hong Kong Dim Sum Special – Sun Tung Lok 新同樂

By , March 6, 2014

Daniel’s Food Diary Personal Favourite
Sun Tung Lok is the 1st non-hotel eatery and 2nd Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong to receive 3 Michelin stars (the first being Lung King Heen).

The restaurant founded in 1969 is surprisingly off-the-radar, at least to Singaporeans. I didn’t get the sense of super glamour and magnificence upon enter the restaurant, which could imply their food surely impresses.

Their creations strike a balance between being traditional in taste and innovative in terms of choice of ingredients. Every dim sum item I ordered was remarkable and a stamp of high quality.

The Royal Dessert Platter (HK$188 serves 2) has the most amazing Salted Custard Bird Nest Glutinous Rice Balls and Osmathus Jelly.

Sun Tung Lok 新同樂
4/F, Miramar Shopping Centre, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Exit B2)
Tel: +852 2152 1417+852 2152 1417 (Reservations required) $$
Opening Hours: 11:30pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:30pm Daily

10 Best Dim Sum Restaurants In Hong Kong

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Pete’s Place – Serving Authentic Italian Cuisine For 40 Years

By , April 11, 2013

A fellow food blogger said that F&B in Singapore now is all about concept and marketing, not about taste. My reply was, the test of time will tell if the quality of the food is good.

Pete’s Place at Hyatt Hotel is probably one of the few restaurants that have passed this test, having been around since 1973. That is 40 years!

You may have never discovered its existence even if you been to Hyatt, because it is located on the basement with only a staircase leading to the Italian restaurant. The last time I been to Pete’s Place was 5 years ago, and it remains exactly like how I remembered it to be: trattoria-style décor with red-bricked walls, dark wood furniture, checked table cloth and picture frames with black and white photos. (Read: Pete’s Place review written 5 years ago)

Pete’s Place specialises in authentic Italian cuisine from homemade pastas to wood-fired oven pizzas, just like how it started four decades ago. The salad buffet-stylee bar that features a healthy selection of greens is said to be very popular among the ladies.

The restaurant has a current special of Lombardy cuisine till 12 April, helmed by guest chef Loris Pistillo from Spasso of Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. This northern Italian region, which capital is Milan, has a more extravagant style of cuisine which is generally more buttery, creamy and cheesy.

Rice is popular in Lombardy, often found in soups as well as risotti.

It is no coincidence that my personal favourite dish of the lunch was the Pumpkin Risotto, Smoked Duck Ragù and Balsamic Glazed Shallots ($32). This risotto was also named “Best Risotto” at the Eurofood Mediterranean Fair in Bangkok in 2011. It was yellowish creamy – the way I like risotto to be done, yet not overly heavy and rich. Very balanced.

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Pete’s Place
Hyatt Hotel 10-12 Scotts Road Singapore 228211 (Orchard MRT) Tel No: +65 6732 1234
Opening Hours: 12:00 noon – 2:30 pm, 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm

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il Cielo (Hilton Hotel Singapore)
Caffe B (Marina Bay Sands)
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MUSEO – Art, Food & Tea at Quayside Isle

By , April 10, 2013

Dining at MUSEO Quayside Isle is not just about its food, but the entire concept and experience. MUSEO (pronounced ‘moo-zay-o’) means museum in Italian, quite an appropriate name since this is one of the more uncommon places which allow both art-jamming and food.

Yes, it is opened by the same people behind Arteastiq Boutique Tea House at Mandarin Gallery, known for their extensive tea collective and social painting space.

The process of traveling to MUSEO already feels like experiencing a holiday – coming to the picturesque Quayside Isle, watching private yachts parked at Sentosa Cove, and proceeding up to the second storey which feels part-club, part-gallery, part-restaurant. Gorgeous view by the way.

The entire mood can momentarily make you feel extremely rich and luxurious. Or poor. Like who owns all these yachts?

Loved its stylish black modern décor. Get the sofa seats next to the windows if you can. Nothing beats drinking tea and people-watching on a lazy afternoon. (Spotted Zoe Tay, Vivian Lai and Mark Lee.)

The menu is quite extensive, or peculiar, whichever way you see it. There is a range of entrees, sandwiches, desserts and dietary cocktails. The recommended feature is a Mezzanine set, where you can customise by choosing 4 dishes at $39. They make good starters to share amongst a group of friends. (Mezzanine means ‘in the middle’ architecturally).

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MUSEO Quayside Isle
31 Ocean Way #01-22 Singapore 098375 (Harbourfront MRT), Tel: +65 6734 8066
Opening Hours: 2pm-1am (Mon-Thurs), 1:30pm-2am (Fri-Sat), 1:30pm-1am (Sun)

Getting to Quayside Isle
Shuttle Bus: Board the complimentary Sentosa Bus 3 from the Beach Station Bus Interchange and alight at Sentosa Cove Village. Quayside Isle is an approximate 5-minute walk away. Shuttle bus services are available from 8am to 10.30pm at 30-minute intervals.

MRT: Take the North-East Line or Circle Line and alight at the HarbourFront Station. From there, you may either go to the 3rd level of VivoCity shopping mall, transfer onto Sentosa Express or via the Sentosa Boardwalk.

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