BY LOH QING YI
The dim sum joints in Hong Kong are not quite like those in Singapore. They are generally a lot less service-oriented than those we find locally. It is understandable though—the customer turnover rate is very high, so the serving aunties and uncles at the restaurants are usually up to their ears trying to take everyone’s orders and clear tables. To some, they may come across as rude, but we advise taking it with a pinch of salt.
Instead, focus your attention on the delicious dim sum—it doesn’t get any more authentic than this. Plus, there are dim sum stores at every alley and every bend, so eateries are pushed to keep their standards high and prices competitive.
The ambience of the restaurants can vary, but they’re usually either quaint and homely roadside cafes, or big, high-end restaurants in malls.
Here is our list of “must order” dim sum dishes (in no order of preference):
- Har Gow (Shrimp Dumpling)
- Siew Mai
- Chee Cheong Fun (Rice flour rolls with barbecued pork)
- Carrot Cake
- Bo Lo Bao (Buns with pineapple custard fillings)
- Liu Sha Bao
- Egg Tart
- Char Siew Bao (Buns with barbecued pork fillings)
- BBQ Pork Pastry
- Osmanthus Jelly with Wolfberries (An osmanthus-infused jelly dessert)
Ready to eat? Here are our top 3 favourite dim sum restaurants:
- Ho Choi Dim Sum
- Dim Dim Sum
- Maxim’s Palace
See you there!
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