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Thursday, July 3, 2008
Lin Heung Tea House
G/F., 160-164, Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
I was quite excited about having dim sum breakfast at this old-style Cantonese restaurant. When we arrived, the place was packed with old men reading newspapers, extended families and office groups. We had to share a table with a few strangers.
The tea house has such a long history that its tea pots are old and engraved with its name.
I had to try the Siew Mai—the benchmark by which I judge dim sum restaurants. The filling more than passes the test as the prawns and meat are stuffed generously into each small morsel.
The Chicken Bun is huge! It’s easily the size of 2 normal buns combined together. The chicken is tasty enough and not too salty.
The Char Siew Pastry is excellent. Served straight from the oven, the hot pastry skin is very light and the char siew is well marinated.
My favourite dish is the Water Chestnut Cake! The texture is very good with crunchy bits of chestnuts and it’s not too sweet.
The Char Siew Bun is quite good with very soft skin and aromatic char siew.
The Prawn Cheong Fun has very generous fillings and the skin is very thin.
We also ordered the Chicken Chive Dumpling but I forgot to take a photo of it as I was probably too busy eating.This is a very local place and the staff is very friendly and helpful. I was looking at the menu to decide what to order when one of the waiters told me that the menu is “useless”. Apparently, what you see on the trolleys is what you get.
Labels: Hong Kong
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