Dimsum delights in Hong Kong
HONG KONG - One of the best—and cheapest—things to do in Hong Kong is to eat.
Any seasoned Hong Kong traveler will tell you that the best restaurants are found, not in its swanky premiere shopping districts, but in the seedier downtown streets where smells and sounds are more varied and signs in English are nowhere to be found.
With a smattering of Cantonese and Google Maps, you may find yourself in one of these hole-in-the-wall gastronomic paradises where, after pushing back curtains of dimsum-infused steam and brandishing those (now plastic) chopsticks, you prepare for a taste of heaven.
Dimsum delights at Tim Ho Wan
Location: 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po (10-minute walk from Sham Shui Po MTR station)
Opening hours: 8 AM – 9:30 PM
Probably the most famous dimsum restaurant in Hong Kong, Tim Ho Wan has earned One Michelin Star, hence its reputation as “the cheapest Michelin Star restaurant in the world.”
Michelin Star is a hallmark of fine dining quality awarded in a scale of 0 to 3 by anonymous reviewers who judge based on the quality and consistency of the food and the mastery of technique in food preparation. Michelin (which funnily enough began as a French tire company) has been anonymously reviewing the world’s restaurants since 1900.
Truly great dimsum doesn’t come cheaper than at Tim Ho Wan with everything in the menu under HK$20 (around P105).
A must-try is their signature Baked Bun with Barbecued Pork, a bun with a soft, fluffy, sweet shell encasing saucy char siew pork almost oozing out.
Then there’s the Deep Fried Dumpling Filled With Meat, a chewy, rice-based ball very similar to buchi with steaming-hot pork bits inside: absolute goodness made edible.
To try all the classic dimsum dishes in Tim Ho Wan is to taste them in their quintessential form. Tim Ho Wan’s pork and shrimp siomai have found the perfect balance between soft and chewy. Unlike in lesser dimsum restaurants, its doughy wrapping is perfectly melded to its meaty filling, blending the flavors of all the ingredients seamlessly.
Note: There are many branches of Tim Ho Wan scattered all over Hong Kong but the best ones (the ones that have scored a Michelin Star) are the branches in Sham Shui Po and Mongkok.
Congee craze at Nathan Congee and Noodle
Location: 11 Sai Kung Street, Jordan
Opening hours: 7:30 AM – 11:30 PM
The best time to eat at Nathan Congee and Noodle is in the morning. Its congee, the best I have ever tasted, is the perfect breakfast dish. Not too watery, not too gooey, its rice flakes melt in the mouth like snowflakes (if they were steaming hot). Adding subtle and delightful contrast to the porridge is the salty chewiness of the chicken chunks inside. Don’t forget to mix in the twisted, oily bread cones that are also yummy on their own as appetizers.
Noodle nights in Hoi Tin Tong Restaurant
Location: 20 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (5-minute walk from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station)
Opening Hours: open 24 hours
If you’re craving for excellent noodle soup at any time of the day, visit this tiny restaurant perpetually hidden by a cloud of steam from its simmering vats of noodles. Its beef wanton soup has the best broth, as if the beef and vegetables were stewed for such a long time that all their flavors have been fused in the soup. The stringy noodles are thin, chewy and tough at the same time. Beef chunks are served in generous proportions so that you will always emerge from the meal with a full-to-burst stomach.
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