Dim sum is a traditional style of Cantonese cuisine, featuring small, sharing portions of food usually served in steamer baskets or on small plates. Translated, dim sum means ‘touch your heart’, and it is impossible not to be filled with warmth after a meal of these mouthwatering bites of perfectly-balanced flavors and textures. A trip to Hong Kong would not be complete without at least one dim sum meal, so take a look at some of OROGOLD’s favorite dim sum hot spots in the city if you are trying to decide where to go.
Lung King Heen, Four Seasons Hotel, Central
When you consider the fact that Lung King Heen, located on the fourth floor of the Four Seasons Hotel with picturesque views across the harbor, is the only Chinese restaurant in the world to be awarded three Michelin stars, you can expect an amazing meal with every visit. The restaurant has around eight different menus that they rotate throughout each month, so that even the regulars will always be able to try something new. If dim sum is still relatively new to you, OROGOLD highly recommends ordering some of Lung King Heen’s delicious Shanghai-styled dumplings, or their signature crispy pork belly.
Luk Yu Tea House, Stanley Street
OROGOLD doesn’t usually tend to recommend restaurants that have a reputation for bad service, but in the case of the Luk Yu Tea House, we are willing to make an exception! Having opened its doors in 1933, this is one of the oldest dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong, with dishes being served in the traditional way – from dim sum trolleys that make their way around the dining room. The restaurant itself looks and feels just like a traditional movie set, and it used to be the place that Hong Kong’s gangsters would frequent back in the day. For those of you that have not yet visited a traditional dim sum tea house, this is one that OROGOLD would recommend, as it gives you the opportunity to step back in time into old Hong Kong.
Tim Ho Wan, The Dim Sum Specialists
he owner and head chef of Tim Ho Wan used to work at Lung King Heen, the three Michelin starred restaurant that OROGOLD has recommended above, making it no surprise that Tim Ho Wan quickly earned its very own Michelin star. A small hole-in-the-wall restaurant, Tim Ho Wan is known as the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant in the world. While the service may be rushed and the décor simple, something typical of many similar Hong Kong restaurants, the dishes easily make up for this, with the Baked Bun with Barbecue Sauce being an OROGOLD favorite. While it may not be a restaurant that you can linger at for an entire afternoon, it is definitely worth a visit if you want to try some world-class dim sum dishes at extremely affordable prices.
Dim sum is usually eaten at lunch time, although you will find quite a few restaurants in Hong Kong that serve it all day long. From traditional dim sum tea houses to busy street-side stalls to the finest of Chinese restaurants, dim sum is one thing not to be missed the next time you find yourself in Hong Kong.