Hey ya! I went to Hong Kong 2 weeks plus ago. It was my second visit in 3+ years. What can I say about Hong Kong? It’s a mecca for foodaholics alright!!!
I never get to sample any dim sum during my first visit to Hong Kong. Believe it or not? So I make sure I get to taste my first ever dim sum at Lin Heung Tea House (蓮香樓) the next day. Why Lin Heung Tea House you may ask. Well, if you want to experience the most authentic and traditional dim sum flavor from an 80+ old tea house, this is THE PLACE. But first you gotta be prepared for what’s not: Crowd, sharing table, noise and possibly unclean cutlery. Oh I was prepared for all this before I came. Hehe
We went up the stairs and found this:
Huge crowd of dim sum-mers. The time was 11.20am.
Luckily one waiter found a table for us. Our table mate consist of a lone guy, a lone lady and 3 buddies. Sharing table is not new to me as I’ve done this at some places in Malaysia. Okay, next challenge please?
Once seated we were given a ticket with numbers on it.
Suddenly a cart lady was sighted!
Dim sum fighting! Hahaha! Tsk… the crowd has disperse in this picture. 😛
Some people got scolded by the cart lady for rushing her. The rule here is wait for your turn. I waited for mine, choose what I wanted and hand her my ticket.
She stamped the ticket based on the number the dim sum has been assigned to.
There’s no menu here. You see what you want and tell the lady. I even ask them some of the dim sum name but I ended up looking blank. Muahahaha
Let’s see what we had…
Steamed rice with chicken, waxed sausage and mushroom. Homely and nice.
Love the siu mai. Succulent and you find big prawns yo! It’s so unlike Malaysia’s siu mai which was so dull. I was looking out for har kau but elek (none).
Steamed radish cake. Very fragrant! Love it.
Salted egg in lotus paste bun (lin yong pau). This is one of the house specialty. Unfortunately the one that I tried that day wasn’t really appealing.
Steamed Chinese sponge cake (ma lai go). Yum!
This is a mystery dish! It has egg in it and was really tasty. Browsed the web high and low for the name for this dish but couldn’t find any answer. If you know please tell me.
Total bill came to HK$125 (RM49.60). I think the price is okay. I would get the same in Malaysia too.
Once everyone have taken everything they want, the cart lady is forgotten.
“Clear path ahead!” sings the cart lady. Haha
Our table. If you look, each of them were served 2 tea cups set; one with lid and one without. Ours is a tea cup without lid. Maybe because we are tourist.
Our my way to the ladies, I finally saw the spittoons smack right in the middle underneath the kettle. Kekeke
To sum it up, it was noisy, loud and crowded. Found the table, cup and cutlery to be a little unclean but nothing unbearable (you can always clean ’em with hot water except table of course). All in all it was a delightful experience. Love the dim sum and dining atmosphere.
I would love to come back again to sample more dim sum and their rice+side dishes for dinner.
A must-go dining place. 🙂
Lin Heung Tea House
160-164 Wellington Street,
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2544 4566
Business hours: 6.00am-11.00pm, daily
Morning-Mid lunch: dim sum
Evening: group dining
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