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Chinese/Dim Sum: Chinese dim sum
Chinese dim-sum is one of the Chinese food that you should not miss in Hong Kong !
There is different kind of dim-sum. The price of a dish of dim-sum is about HKD$8-10 (Euro 0.8-1, US$ 1.03-1.28). Most of them are delicious and worth trying !
Apart from dim-sum, most Chinese restaurants provide other Chinese food like fried rice and fried noddles. There are also special Chinese food like barbecued duck.
There is tea provided once you get a seat. in Hong Kong, pu-er and xiang-pian are the most common type of tea. Fueling of tea and water are free of charge.
There are lots of food that are worth trying, trust me.
The food for lunch and dinner is different. For lunch, the restaurants provide dim-sum and fried rice. For dinner, they provide seafood, some Chinese dishes like vegetables and meat. Normally there is no dim-sum provided for dinner. And the price for a dinner is more expensive than a lunch.
Hang Heung Restaurant: Nice dim Sum & food
Hang Heung is very famous for its 'Wife Biscuits' but very least that I know that it's restaurant served very nice dim sum as well as food.
It had a few outlets, one at New World Centre, level 3, which I miss out this one on Xmas Eve when I was there for 'Symphony of Lights'. We were so full & tired after whole day walking, we only decided to have drinks at one of the cafe at level 2 & waited for the right time to walk to the Ave of Stars for the fireworks.
We managed to have the dim sum at Hang Heung restaurant in the airport outlet. It is at level 2, same level as Maxim Restuarant.
We didn't order main dishes as we had our breakfast late, we order 'chong fun with pork', '3 kinds mixed fried dim sum', 'fried wo tie' & 'red bean milk tea'.
All tastes good, especially the 'chong fun with pork', even my little son love it, as he doesn't take meat but love this 'chong fun with pork' so you can see how nice the food is!!
Favorite Dish: Chong Fun with pork, red bean milk tea - must try!!
Nan Ta Restaurant: Lei Yue Man Seafood
Lei Yue Man is not really convenient to reach from MTR. After you alighted from the MTR, you'll need to walk almost 10-15 mins up & down the road to reach. There's better way by taking MTR & change to minibus (right outside Lei Yue Man). Upon you reached Lei Yue Man, you need to walk another 10 mins to reach the fish market alley.
Nan Ta Restaurant is situated in Lei Yue Man Seafood, should say the last restaurant of the walkway fish market alley (20 mins). Good ambience where you can dine above the sea overlook the harbour, but too bad as it is not outdoor.
Firstly you have to choose your seafood outside the restaurant (along the fish market in the alley), bring them to your desired restaurant & indicate how you want your food to be cooked. There's no specific restaurant for the hawker so you can go any restaurant after you have chosen your seafood.
Bear in mind that charges from the restaurant is high, we had picked some 3 bamboos (huge), a medium garoupa & some prawns for 2 pax ( cost HK$400+). At the end of the day, the bill came out to be HK$870!!! Shock, it was almost the same price as the food! So get yourself be prepared.
Chinese/Dim Sum: Shamrock Rockz!
For breakfast and morning tea, try the traditional dim sum that consists of prawn dumplings, meat dumplings, glutinous rice with chicken etc. You will be spoilt for choice. The recommended one is at Shamrock Seafood Restaurant. Cheap, good and authentic. A meal would cost about HKD70 per person
Favorite Dish: The prawn dumplings are good ! There are so many prawns packed in there, unlike those in Singapore. The Ma Lai Kueh is good too...
Chinese/Dim Sum: Chee Cheung Fun
Favorite Dish: Chee Cheung Fun, is also another typical dim sum that must have during breakfast. Traditional served with huge prawns and delicious soya sauces however some shops even in Malaysia served this dish with Curry or Barbeque meat.
Chinese/Dim Sum: SIU MAI - the ultimate Dim Sum
Favorite Dish: Siu Mai, is the most famous dim sum among all. It is made of pork & prawns and some say with chestnut that helps to make it tasty and famous chinese five spice. Wrap with a pasta like wrap, cooked in bamboo steamer which acclaimed to be the tools to make a great dim sum.
Chinese/Dim Sum: Kowloon Hotel Restaurant
If you do not know which particular Dim Sum shop you should go, ask your concierge, as they are the supposedly knowing the great places around the area.
Favorite Dish: Dim Sum is a must in Hongkong.
Char Siu Pau (Steamed BBQ Pork Bun) and Siu Mai (Pork and Prawn Dumpling is a must.
In fact Har Kau (Prawn white Dumpling is also as tasty of all). Having it in the morning for breakfast is also a must accompanied with Chinese Jasmine Tea.
Wing Wah Restaurant & Bakery: Famous Hong Kong dim sum
Wing Wah serves a variety of dim dum in the afternoons, including a few different types of the ever-popular siew mai, flour rolls (jee cheong fun) etc. Be prepared, however, to be told they have run out of a good number of the items if you arrive at the restaurant after 2pm. I reckon the best time to go is in the morning, for breakfast, or brunch.
When it is really crowded, you will invariably be placed at a table with strangers (especially if you're a couple or small group). This is because most of the tables are pretty large and its not likely that you'll find a table for 2. To order, you may indicate on a dim sum menu (writeen in Chinese, unfortunately). Or you may ask the server for help.
For dinner, the restaurant offers a Chinese menu including seafood.
Next to the restaurant, the Wing Wah bakery sells a variety of Chinese cakes and other products like Chinese sausage and waxed duck. Those interested in learning how to make Chinese cakes can sign up for classes offered free at Wing Wah bakery (the TST branch) by the HK Tourism Board. For more information visit www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/heritage/ck/he_ckto_cake.jhtml
Have Dim Sum for lunch at any chinese restaurants. Make sure you check out first with the restaurants because some of them may only have dim sum during week-ends or public holidays. Expect to spend around 100 HKD/head.
Dim sum is like spanish tapas. You order a little of everything. There are different kinds of dim sum : steamed dumplings, fried dumplings, steamed BBQ pork bun, steamed stuffed rice flour to name only a few of them. It is usually eaten at lunch and family often get together on Sunday for Dim sum.
West Villa at Cityplaza (MTR = Tai Koo) used to be one of my favorites because they have a large variety of dim sums. Now, I just think it's too expensive but they have really good ha kao. Now I go often to Lei Garden (+852 2806 0008) in North Point. They have a large selection of dim sum and the price is reasonable, around 70HKD / person.
Favorite Dish: The two most popular dim sums :
- Ha Kao : steamed shrimp dumpling
- Siu Mai : steamed shrimp + pork dumpling
Jade Garden: The freshest dimsum!
I have met Dim sum lovers around the world who have claimed they know what good dim sum should taste like....untill they went to Jade garden. After one meal there, I've seen people instantly satisfied!
It's a huge restaurant of 2 floors filled with many familys enjoying yam cha together. There's still a big chance that you'll have to wait for a table though but, it's definately worth the wait! The service is better than most of the local restaurants in Hong Kong.
Perfect for travellers who are up early from Jett lag and are feeling hungry for a light breakfast that's not too greasy!
What could be better?
Favorite Dish: Try all of these with some chilli sauce:
siu-maih= this shrimp and pork dumpling will even change a vegetarian in to a meat lover! It comes in 4's so you'll definately want to order some more!
Ha-gaw=shrimp dumpling. Delicious with just one bite!
cha-siu-fahn= Honey barbequed Pork. You haven't tasted pork untill you try this one!
Cha-siu-so= This pork filled pastry feels so heavenly!
cha-siu-baw= Buns of delight!
Chinese/Dim Sum: Dim Sum (Dian Xin)
Dim Sum is very common among Hong Kong people. At any time of the day, be it morning or night, many restaurants and cafes are packed with people having dim sum accompanied with newspapers in their hands or a few friends. the whole place will be filled with noises from people chatting happily away.
choose from a wide variety of dishes, if you're unsure, you can ask for recommendations from the staff.
Favorite Dish: Har Gow (prawn dumplings)
Cheong Fun with prawns (Rice rolls)
Local Restaurants - General Info: eat in where local people go
I regret that I didn't care about the name of the shop. It looked like one of certain common little noodle shops on an alley.
I had fried noodles with Qingdao Beer, my wife had rice dressed with a thick starchy sauce and we shared spring rolls.
I found the waiter of the shop smiling looking at us truly eating deliciously. O, did we show such happy faces???
Yum Cha opportunities...
Yum Cha opportunities abound!
We went to three different ones:
Fook Hing restaurant
Very Good restaurant
Fook Wah Lau restaurant
I liked Very Good restuarant best.
It's along Nathan Road, and in the basement of one of the buildings.
In fact, you can just pop into any restaurant you see and chances are, they'd be serving dim sum!
Best to go early in the morning for breakfast, of course you could also eat it for lunch but be prepared for the crowds that are always there regardless of the time... a lot of people bring in a newspaper and you'd be amazed how long they can nurse a pot of tea.
They also have smoking or non-smoking sections where you can decide where you want to sit.
They usually have waiters going round the tables with a pushcart with the food in there, so just point at what you want if you don't speak any Cantonese! ;)
Favorite Dish: Must try my dim sum favourites:
Har Gao -- prawn dumpling
Siew Mai -- pork dumpling with yellow flour skin
Chee Cheong Fun with Har -- steamed rice flour with prawns wrapped inside and served with special soya sauce
Feng Sau -- Phoenix Claw aka Chicken Feet braised with black beans and chilli sauce
Char Siew Pao -- Stewed pork in fluffy white bun
all very good and yummy! :p
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Anywhere in "Tai O": BIG portions, BIG KING PRAWNS!!!!
There are many restaurants in "Tai O" where they serve big portion of fresh seafoods of your choice. Please note that the portion is BIG!!! Also, if you like prawns, they are BIG!!! Look at the size of the prawn compare to my hand!
Favorite Dish: Giant Prawns of course! Not only it tastes heavenly, I do have funny story to tell with the *prawn incident*, please visit my Hong Kong Travel page from my home page if you'd wanna know more (just click my name).
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Somewhere in Tai O: Try "eel" - Snake like fish
You should try "eel". If you have seen it before, you'd probably think "ew, no way". Sure it looks scary but they do taste delicious.
I'd advice you to choose an eel yourself from a vendor outside all the restuarants because that way it tastes even better and fresh. Please remember this:
1) You must not choose an eel with white eyes - means dying which is not pleasant to eat. See picture.
2) Check that it is moving energetically to ensure it's not dead.
3) Check that it looks healthy, i.e: scars, open wounds etc
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