In this day and age, it’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t heard of dim sum. This popular Cantonese tea-time delight has seen immense popularity all over the world and truth be told, you could even find places selling them in the far reaches of Europe.
However, contrary to popular understanding, to the locals in Hong Kong, dim sum is more than just a tea time snack—it is ingrained as part of their lifestyle and more often than not, a meal that brings their family and loved ones together.
From enjoying dim sum at a boisterous cha chaan teng with the common folk or even at a prestigious Michelin-starred restaurant where the classic dim sum is given a shot of elegance and grandeur, here are 18 dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong you should definitely try.
Year after year, Hong Kong’s Mei-Xin Mooncakes impress with the most authentic tastes of Mid-Autumn Festival coupled with innovative new flavours such as lava custard and lava chocolate flavours which performed exceptionally well in recent years.
This year, they aim to do no different with their traditional varieties, snow skin collection, the ever-popular lava custard mooncakes and even a superhero-themed mooncake collection featuring iconic Marvel characters Iron Man and Spider-Man.
Their mooncakes are crafted intricately, encompassing both time-honoured recipes and passion to create stunning confectioneries for families from all over to enjoy, which is no surprise why they are the best-selling mooncake brand in Hong Kong for 19 consecutive years.
You might have heard about our love for Hong Kong umpteen times – we still do, but today, we want to share some dining highlights from a recent trip because there are many reasons to love dining at Central, really!
We all have different objectives when we travel – some like to just stuff their faces silly with all the good food, some like to experience the local culture so that they have memories to keep in their hearts for always, some like to explore the famous attractions and sites. But because we always prioritise eating (greedy like that), our tummies are ever ready to be surprised, ever game to dine at non-touristy places, ever excited to explore all the food awaiting us.
Central is a bustling area in Hong Kong, and while it may be the CBD of Hong Kong, it actually has many dining options to offer.
From a very gorgeous cafe that is filled with natural sunlight, to what is probably the sexiest Japanese restaurant in Central, and a brilliant bakery that bakes the most creative croissants; here are 7 Restaurants in Central Hong Kong To Fall In Love With.
Dim Sum is a ritual in Hong Kong. It is a lifestyle, it is a past-time, it is quintessentially Hong Kong.
Many cultures have something similar like the Spanish tapas, the Italian cicheti and the Japanese izakaya, but dim sum is somewhat on a different level, very gastronomical and exquisite, and is truly special especially to us Asians.
From traditional dim sum teahouses, to the cheapest Michelin Starred dim sum restaurants, and very posh Chinese restaurants that offer an exquisite dining experience like no other – there are countless of dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong, and while the choices are mind-boggling to say the least, we have shortlisted our favourites to share with all of you.
Here is our guide to Hong Kong’s 15 Dim Sum Restaurants You Must Dine At.
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.
Among all the different dining concepts that we went to during our Hong Kong trip in July, simplylife – a European-style bakery cafe by Maxim’s Group - is our favourite place.
In a busy city where people are always racing against time and missing out on the smallest things, simplylife is an oasis of calmness in Hong Kong, and quite simply what life should be. We fell in love with it, more than what we thought we would. The space is one that will have you slow down, relax and breathe in the simple pleasures of life. simplylife, indeed.
Since its opening in 2007, simplylife has not only expanded to 8 branches in Hong Kong, but it has also garnered a strong support among its loyal customers. Nothing is unnecessarily expensive, and only the freshest ingredients are used for every item they serve and put on your table.
We can go on and on about why we are head over heels in love with the concept, but the best way is for you to include it in your itinerary when you are in Hong Kong. Here is how simplylife stole our hearts:
Sexy. Artsy. Fuss-free. Comfort. URBAN Bakery Works presents itself as the it place in Hong Kong for all-day casual dining. Its concept shop at The Landmark is a stunner, and it promises nothing but a hip and fun experience. While there are many things that we love at URBAN Bakery Works, the highlight has got to be the Ball Law Cowssant. It totally blew us away. We will go so far as to say that it is a must-eat in Hong Kong.
A hybrid of croissant and po luo bao (pineapple bun) complete with a slab of French butter, the Ball Law Cowssant (Dare devil version) is nothing but sheer indulgence. If you love po luo bao, you will fall in love uncontrollably with URBAN Bakery Works’ divine creation!
Besides the Ball Law Cowssant, URBAN Bakery Works offers croissants (made with French A.O.C butter) in seven different flavours – like almond, Belgian chocolate, cheddar cheese, and brulee. The croissants that we’ve sampled are so well made that they are just as good, if not even better than the ones that we had in Paris.
That’s not all. The chic bakery cafe also serves excellent Vittoria coffee, a variety of salad and sandwiches which are perfect for a light and casual meal, as well as an array of decadent cakes and pastries. Our favourite is the What The Fudge – a luscious chocolate fudge cake that is enveloped with what seemed like a whole factory of kitkat and M&M’s. And this is what we call super photogenic and Instagram-worthy. Non-chocolate lovers might just be besotted, too!
We like that URBAN Bakery Works never rests on its laurels and is constantly coming up with new creations. Kiss My Butterfly is its latest invention. The classic Mille-feuille is given a modern twist by using caramelised palmiers layer with season fruits and custard fillings. Just the thought of it is enough to make us salivate. We cannot wait to try it the next time we are in Hong Kong!
For the latest updates, go to www.maxims.com.hk, and like Maxim’s Group on Facebook.
URBAN bakery Works
Room 322, 3/F The Landmark
12-16 Des Voeux Road Central
Tel: +852 3565 4320
Mon to Fri: 7.30am – 8pm Sat, Sun & PH: 8.30am – 8pm
Nearest Station: Central
This feature is brought to you by Maxim’s Group.
Last week, we shared about a facebook contest by Maxim’s Group whereby readers get to win a free 3D2N gourmet trip to Hong Kong, and it is really encouraging to see all the entries so far.
To recap, Maxim’s Group is giving you a chance to try your hands at being a food critic, and win a 3D2N FREE gourmet trip for two to Hong Kong and dine at our favourite Maxim’s Group restaurants including simplylife, M&C Duck, and Maxim’s Palace.
The trip is on 24 to 26 Sep 2014 and it includes return air tickets to Hong Kong for two guests, two nights hotel accommodation, a welcome dinner at The Square (One Michelin Star restaurant), as well as dining coupons (for two) to designated Maxim’s Group restaurants.
It is really easy to win this contest, and it takes no more than 10 minutes (depending on how fast you can compose a good write-up). All you have to do is to take part in Maxim’s Group Facebook contest.
- Like Maxim’s Group on Facebook.
- Go to Maxim’s event page www.facebook.com/events/1489288271315267 and click “Join”
- Choose the dish that you want to try the most from this Facebook album. Send the photo and a short write-up of 50 words – on why you want to try the dish – via private message to Maxim’s Group Facebook Page.
- Two winners (from Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore) will be selected based on the creativity of the short write-up. A representative from Maxim’s Group, renowned food critic Hsu Tien Lin and I will be the judge of the contest.
- The contest will run from now till 31 Aug 2014 (11.59pm Hong Kong time).
- Results will be announced on Maxim’s Group Facebook page on 5 Sep 2014.
This post is brought to you by Maxim’s Group.