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March 1, 2013

The City’s Best Dim Sum

I like big buns and I cannot lie… Whether you like them big, small, steamed or fried, Hong Kong is undoubtedly home to some of the fluffiest buns, juiciest dumplings and most delectable dim sum on the planet.  To satisfy your cravings for Har Gau, Siu Mai, Char Siu Bao, and then some, exclusively for DSTS readers, the editors of the much-adored foodie favourite WOM Guide reveal their top picks for the Best Dim Sum in the city

The City’s Best Dim SumFook Lam Moon
As a pioneer fine-dining Chinese establishment in Hong Kong, Fook Lam Moon is not only great for banquet-style feasts but also for dim sum made with meticulous details. The “Har Gau” is perfectly bite-sized with an evenly pleated wrapper. The steamed “Thousand Layer Cake” is one of the few lost traditions, which are upheld to perfection in Fook Lam Moon. Its alternating layers of bun and custard bring a sweet finish to an awesome dim sum feast. (35-45 Johnston Road, Wanchai, +852 2866 0663, http://www.fooklammoon-grp.com)

Lin Heung Tea House
This celebrated dim sum mecca brings locals and flocks of tourists ensuring a packed house every day. Lin Heung’s preserved tradition extends beyond the well-worn furniture and communal tables. Its old-time dim sum favorites include now-rarely-seen Shaomai with Quail’s Egg and Steamed Rice Noodle Roll with Pig’s Liver. Look for the “Big Buns,” with miscellaneous stuffings from chicken to mushroom to pork, which are another must-have at Lin Heung.  (160 Wellington Street, Central, +852 2544 4556)

Din Tai Fung
While it may not be traditionally Cantonese, Din Tai Fung’s quality Xiaolongbao has its charm for foodies alike. The soup-filled pork dumplings are right on proportion between the wrapper, the soup, and the meat filling. The crab roe variation is also a favourite, as is a sweet alternative of xiaolongbao filled with red bean paste or mashed taro root. Aside from xiaolongbao, all varieties of dumplings and steamed buns are this restaurant’s forte. (68 Yee Woo Street, Causeway Bay, +852 3160 8998, http://www.dintaifung.com.hk)

Luk Yu Tea House
This Central establishment is well regarded as an old-time Cantonese restaurant. Known for great execution of classics like Sweet and Sour Pork and Glutinous Rice stuffed Crispy Chicken, the choice of delicious dishes and dim sum is in abundance. The Steamed Rice with Lotus Leaf is fragrant and filled with tender chicken and mushrooms. The Steamed Lotus Seed Buns are especially delectable with smooth lotus seed paste and even better, with rich salted egg yolk. (24 Stanley Street, Central, +852 2523 5464)

Loong Toh Yuen
Hullett House, the former Marine Police Headquarters-turned-boutique hotel houses this tucked away Chinese restaurant. Loong Toh Yuen offers both a la carte as well as an all-you-can-eat option for lunch. The latter offers a fine selection of specialty bites from Champagne-infused Shrimp Dumplings to ‘Pineapple Bun’ filled with BBQ Pork. Sweets are done well, particularly flaky Baked Egg Tarts and Black Sesame Rolls. (Hullett House, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 3988 0107, http://www.hulletthouse.com).

For more dim sum recommendations and up to the minute foodie news, visit http://www.WOMguide.com, or check out the latest edition of WOM guide (edition ATE), now in bookstores around town.



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