Hong Kong is known for many things – the iconic Peak, postcard-worthy Hong Kong’s skyline, the vibrant nightlife and entertainment scene at Lan Kwai Fong, as well as the one thing that truly defines Hong Kong, at least for food lovers – dim sum.
A trip to Hong Kong is not complete without having a dim sum meal or two. Or as many as you can. There are countless dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong, and while the choices are mind-boggling to say the least, we love Maxim’s Palace for they offer the most quintessential Hong Kong dim sum experience. It ranks top for its authenticity by retaining its practice of serving dim sum on trolleys – the good ol’ traditional way.
Here are 5 reasons why Maxim’s Palace is our favourite dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong and why you should go there for yum cha when in the city.
DIM SUM SERVED ON TROLLEYS THE TRADITIONAL WAY
Maxim’s Palace is one of the few places that serves dim sum the traditional way. It is a better experience when you have Hong Kong ladies pushing plates of dim sum around in old school trolleys and you pick your favourites from the endless selection. They are all fresh from the oven, served hot and most delicious.
OVER 100 DIM SUM AND SIGNATURE DISHES TO CHOOSE FROM
At Maxim’s Palace, there are a hundred varieties of dim sum and signature dishes that are all prepared fresh from the kitchen daily. No matter how many times you go back, there is always something familiar to pick from among your favourite dishes, as well as something new to try. Ask the ladies for recommendations for daily specials and new items. Or if it is your first visit, have them tell you what is most popular and what you must not miss out on. The interaction adds on to the overall experience, and we are certain you will have a very pleasant meal.
Har gau, siew mai, Ma Lei Gao, Egg Tarts, Baked Barbecued Pork Pastry, Steamed Bean Curd Stuffed with Shrimp Paste, Deep-fried Spring Roll, Pork Spare Ribs in Black Bean Sauce… Wash everything down with a pot of fragrant Jasmine tea, or Pu-er – if you prefer something stronger.
DELIVERING ONLY THE FINEST CANTON-STYLE COOKING
Maxim’s Palace is extremely popular for its dim sum during lunch – there is a perpetual long queue, especially on weekends – and this further reiterates their standard and quality. Apart from the usual suspects like har gau, siew mai and chee cheong fun, you can also find mouth-watering and refined Cantonese fare that is prepared with a sheer passion for Canton-style cooking. Its signature dishes include Deep-fried Prawns with Mango Salad Dressing, Deep-fried Sliced Garoupa with Sweet Corn Sauce,
The series of accolades that Maxim’s Palace has accumulated over the years is the best testament to their consistency in delivering only the finest Canton-style cooking.
FLAGSHIP OUTLET AT CITY HALL WITH A STRATEGIC LOCATION
While Maxim’s Palace has 9 branches in Hong Kong, foodies-in-the-know all flock to its flagship outlet at City Hall which is just a short walk from IFC. It makes the perfect place to host your overseas business associates, to bond over team lunch, or to simply steal a breather from work over a hearty dim sum feast.
The posh interior with a high ceiling, coupled with a view of the Harbour, completes the impeccable experience at Maxim’s Palace City Hall.
THE QUINTESSENTIAL HONG KONG DIM SUM EXPERIENCE
The main reason why we love Maxim’s Palace is because of the aforementioned quintessential Hong Kong dim sum experience.
Maxim’s Palace City Hall can accommodate 500 guests at one go. It is massive and it is noisy. But that is how it should be like – everyone cozying up in the dining hall that is brightly lit with crystal chandeliers and Cantonese songs on loop. There will be 18 trolleys – filled with all the classic dim sum items – going around the dining hall, and you pick what you like.
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