Hong Kong’s Dim Sum Kings
Just like kung fu masters, Hong Kong’s expert chefs move as fast as lightning. DAVID WONG seeks out the city’s best ‘touches of the heart, one steaming basket at a time
Published on Apr 1, 2010
+ OLD SHANGHAI FLAVOR
One of the most renowned teahouses on Hong Kong Island, the simply titled Dim Sum has upheld a great reputation among locals and tourists alike for years. It also breaks tradition by serving dim sum all day long. The moderately sized venue effectively captures that Old Shanghai vibe, with rosewood furniture, big fans and tables squished intimately close together. However, be prepared to wait for a seat on the weekends, and use the time to admire the vintage posters and advertisements that line the walls.
63 Sing Woo Road, +852 2834 8893
+ TIME FOR TEA
The only surviving member of Hong Kong’s “Big Four” old-fashioned teahouses, Lin Heung Lau is classic dim sum dining at its beStreet Uniformed waiters weave between tables pushing heavy carts laden with food and pouring tea in the traditional way (sans teapot). This teahouse is an authentic window into yesterday’s Hong Kong.
160–164 Wellington Street, +852 2544 4556
+ THE BIG BOSS
First opened in 1933, Luk Yu Tea House is one of the city’s longest-standing upscale dim sum establishments, unwilling to modernize and keeping its Cantonese Art Deco influences. Patrons can watch more than 30 varieties of dim sum being prepared while enjoying a vast range of fine Chinese teas.
24–26 Stanley Street, +852 2523 5464
+ THE PEOPLE’S DIM SUM
Located in the City Hall building, along the harbor’s edge next to the old Star Ferry terminal, City Hall Maxim’s Palace offers dim sum at its biggest, brightest and loudeStreet While perfect for larger groups, think twice about coming here for an intimate meal. Scores of customers line up to be part of the hustle and bustle that is Sunday yum cha.
2nd floor, Lower Block, City Hall, 5–7 Edinburgh Place, +852 2537 8607
+ WEST MEETS EAST
Overlooking the frenzied neon of Causeway Bay, West Villa Restaurant likes to keep the focus on the food and pays less attention to looks. The less-than-ostentatious setting makes for a casual ambience. The menu pushes the envelope for oddball dim sum creations and has become famous for its signature dish of ma cha, a fried Tibetan snack of walnuts and shredded coconut.
1st floor, Lee Gardens Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, +852 2882 2110
+ BEST OF THE BEST
The multiple award-winning T’ang Court claims to serve Hong Kong’s best Cantonese cuisine. The world-class chefs that create this dining experience are complemented by the luxurious décor, inspired by China’s Imperial era. It may be pricey, but with this two-time Gold Distinction winner of the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s Best of the Best Culinary Awards, you’ll be getting what you pay for.
1st floor, Langham Hotel, 8 Peking Road, +852 2375 1133