April 30, 2015 Wander-lust

Hong Kong, in search of the best DimSum

I live in Amsterdam. The city that brings you the canals, a great nightlive and.. good food. Lot’s of it actually!
French, Italian, Greek, Marrocan, Etheopean, very tasty Thai food, Sushi and yes also Chinese food.
But. (Yes there is a but) There is a lack of a certain Chinese meal missing in in this city of food; DimSum.

A friend of mine updated his facebook status not too long ago, with the question; where can I eat the best DimSum in Amsterdam?
He got overloaded with reactions but all the answers were the same.
Everybody mentioned only 1, maybe 2 restaurants in Amsterdam that serves this Chinese lunch. Pretty crazy for a city with so much choice in cuisine.
As amazed of this fact as he was, it inspired me to write this blogpost.

I was going to Hong Kong anyways so I set myself on a mission:
Find the best DimSum in Hong Kong.

Finding good DimSum here may sound easy but the first restaurant I went to didn’t really rock my boat.

1. Victoria Harbour Restaurant
The Westwood, 8 Belcher’s Street
Western District

This place is situated in a shopping mall but it looked really traditional which I liked!
Lot’s of round tables and full of locals enjoying some traditional DimSum.
First up: Chicken Feet. Lovely.
Although I don’t eat meat and I’m normally not bothered about meat on the dinner table, this sight turned my stomach. Pass.
Ok, next round, new chances: fish soup with rice noodles. This was not too bad. Only downside was that the fish had some bones in it.
The vegetables were ok but the best thing about this place is definitely the dessert. Yummie! 

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traditional setting in the Victoria Harbour Restaurant

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Some of the DimSum choices

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Chicken feet and Fish soup were among the ordered dishes.

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Sticky dates sweetness

 2. Crystal Jade
Unit 102, 1/F, Leader Industrial Center
57-59 Au Pui Wan Street

This is a nice little restaurant situated in a train station (yes, that’s normal there)
The service was great and I even got my drinks for free!
They describe themselves as a diversified Food & Beverage group committed to preserving the rich traditions of Chinese cuisine in contemporary ways. And whatever that may mean, it was tasty!
I ordered prawns with peanut sauce, veggie rolls and vegetable dumplings.

I was missing the spicy sauce which I normally like to order on the side but the Chinese flavours were good enough.

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Lot’s of choice at Crystal Jade

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Spicy peanut curry with prawns. Source: Good Eating Guide

3.  Dim Sum The art of Chinese tit-bits
63 Sing Woo Road, Happy Valley

This one is a winner! People of Hong Kong (local and expats) que up for lunch and in the weekends it gets really busy so make sure you make a reservation.
I was surprised how many vegetarian and fish dishes they served. This always makes me happy so I ate loads!
Rice and crispy noodles, steamed vegetables, prawn dumplings, fluffy cakes and coconut jelly all make this place great.

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Hipsters of China go to the restaurant with the long name

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Loved the variations of dishes, with lot’s of choice for the vegetarian!

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Sweetness..

Because I was only in Hong Kong for a few days, it was impossible to find the ultimate DimSum. But what I can tell you, is that Amsterdam should read and listen. We need more of these!

Love,

Elke

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