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Ever Tried Cantonese 'Dim Sum' Before?  
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9168 posts, RR: 15
Posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1254 times:

Though I am a Canadian Chinese, I must admit that I have fallen in love with the Cantonese style of cooking...... Especially Seafood, Pigeon as well as 'Dim Sum'.

I love 'Dim Sum'.

When the Chinese say. 'let's go yum cha,' they are saying 'let's go drink tea,' but they really mean, 'let's go to the tea house for dim sum.

Dim Sum is Cantonese hors d'oeuvres; light snacks for lunch. They are served in small dishes or bamboo baskets, three to four bite-size pieces to a serving.

The Popular Dim Sum that I like include: Steamed Shrimp dumplings, steamed beef, steamed buns filled with barbecued pork and spring rolls etc.

Start off by telling the waiter your preference in tea: Heung Pin (Jasmine) is light-clored and flowery tasting. Bo Lei is stronger, suggesting the taste of most tree bark. Tea settles the stomach and helps digest fatty foods. When the pot is empty, open the cover as a dign to the waiter to refill it with boiling water.

Sometimes Dim Sum are served together with Champagne. Veuve Cliquet/Dom Perignon are my favourites (Correct me if I spelt wrongly).

Choose what you like from the carts as they go by. Open the baskets and have a look. The cart pushers are friendly and patient. Select a dish and they stamp the price on your card. Nowadays, waiters take their orders directly from order forms.

So there you go........ I love Dim Sum for Lunch time.

How about you? Ever tried that before?

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User currently offlineKaitakfan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1212 times:

Hi there. I too enjoy Dim Sum. My first experience was at Kai Tak airports "Tin Tin" restaurant overlooking the ramp! great view, the shrimp dumplings could have been better though. Far to many mushroom's were used and not enough shrimp! During my next few trips back to Hong Kong I experienced much more enjoyable Dim Sum food items. It really is a great new dining experience for sure!

User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1207 times:

oh....i miss yum cha in HK!  Crying


cathay pacific, now you're really flying
User currently offlineCtbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1203 times:

One of my favorate foods!!! I could eat dim sum all day. There's only one problem though. I'm allergic to MSG, so if I don't keep myself hydrated, or have a bowl of noodle soup part way through I get really bad migraines. What a curse!

Charles, SJ



The customer isn't a moron, she is your wife -David Ogilvy
User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1208 times:

Had Dim Sum today !!. I guess I like 50% of it.

User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9168 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

I love 'Yum Cha'.

Despites its renown, some Americans find dim sum bland or oilly.

Hkgspotter1, 50% of it? Why?



User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9168 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1186 times:

The Cantonese style of Cooking is renowned as the best among seven major dishes.

User currently offline777kicksass From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 668 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1180 times:

Definately my best find on my trip to Hong Kong!

User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9168 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1158 times:

How about Chinese Restaurants outside Hong Kong? Like the ones in China Town(s)

User currently offlineSIA_B777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1156 times:

hey,

i had some good dim sum in taiwan...it was sweet

although here in america i don't really like the dim sum places around


User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1152 times:

I go for Dim Sum at least twice a month Big grin.

Aaron G.


User currently offlineLortab 7.5mg From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 805 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1150 times:


 Big thumbs up


User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9168 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1148 times:

I love the one with rice........

Also, BBQ Buns, Steamed Shrimp dumplings, Spring Rolls etc etc.

How about you?

Also, what is your favourite Chinese Tea? I like 'Bo Lei'.


User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1141 times:

Fav dish ---> fried 'cheung fun' and 'har gau'

Fav tea ---> Jasmine



cathay pacific, now you're really flying
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9168 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1135 times:

Cool

I like Cheung Fun too.

What about Spring Rolls? As well as those sweet Egg Tarts?


User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1131 times:

i like spring roll too, also fried 'fu pei' roll (bean curd sheet roll).....egg tarts are ok with me, i prefer custard bun more!!!  Smile

so which yum cha place do you like in HK???



cathay pacific, now you're really flying
User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1127 times:

AS a concept it's cool, but I find it hard to fing Dim SUm without either seafood or mushrooms in it. And I can't stand seafood or mushrooms  Sad


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineNotdownnlocked From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 935 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1127 times:

Dim Sum is great. The only thing I don't like (hate horribly since it's not my culture) is when in an upscale crowded HK restaurant the next people in line for a soon to be supposedly vacant table will stand by your table and wait for you to finish and leave whether you are finished or not. I think they pick the next to be vacant table by just looking at your plate and deciding you are finished with your meal and invite their mob to breathe down your neck while you finish your food and get out so they can sit down.

User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9168 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1125 times:

Notdownnlocked,

I agree. That's not my culture either. When I have dim sum, I want to take my time and ENJOY different dishes...... I hate to be rushed........


Ryanb741,

How come? You allergic to Seafood or Mushroom?


Cathay Pacific,

'Chen Chu Gai' (The Rice Pudding) is nice too.

Good place for 'yum cha'? Umm......... there was one at the 60th Floor of Hopewell Center. It provides high quality Dim Sum with low price. The environment is smooth, quiet, nice...... Also you get an unlimited Sea View from the windows. However, that restaurant closed down last week.

Someone else will take over within a month..... But I guess they will change the name.

How about you?


User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1116 times:

there are 2 restaurants in HK that i think are quite good for yum cha....

1) Ho Choi (Lucky, 好彩 ) near Sheung Wan, the food is surprisingly good, and very cheap as well! When I was doing my summer job at The Center, my colleagues and I always went there for lunch

2) Hoi Doh (Ocean Capital, 海都 ) at CITIC Tower in Admiralty/Central. This is the one I go all the time. Good food, good view and good service.




cathay pacific, now you're really flying
User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1118 times:

I like the dim sum restaurants where the ladies come around pushing carts full of food and customers just pick and choose. Sadly, there are only two such restaurants left in Singapore.

In all the other restaurants, you just order and they serve the dim sum to you about 10 minutes later. That just takes away half the fun!

I suppose the former requires huge amounts of labour thus making it uneconomical.


User currently offlineHkg82 From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2002, 1282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1140 times:

Of course!! They're delicious. Always stuffed & satisfied after having a large serving of Dim Sum & drinking Chinese Jasmine tea  Big grin

Hkg82.


User currently offlineN949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1109 times:

Please, guys!! I missed both lunch and dinner today, and I'm gettin' freakin' hungry just reading these threads!!  Nuts

'949


User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8003 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1106 times:

Good thing I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I have a large selection of dim sum restaurants to choose from, given the very large Chinese community living here. Big grin

They range from inexpensive to eye-opening expensive.

In Sacramento (where my mom lives) there's a couple of good dim sum places, too.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9168 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1078 times:

Nowadays, you get HALF PRICE in many Chinese Restaurants in Hong Kong at non-peak hours.

And that is,

6am/8am-12:45pm
2pm-5 pm

I love the one at the 60th Floor, Hopewell Center.


25 Post contains images Tbar220 : Stop this! The best food I can get is cafeteria dorm food, and you guys tempt me with thoughts of juicy, moist, dim-sum...like shrimp dumplings...pork
26 Post contains images Ammunition : what is dim sum? i have no idea
27 Post contains images United Airline : Nice Chinese snacks. You should try it........ Dorm Food...... Oh........
28 United Airline : Just had 'yum cha' at the Gallep, Happy Valley Clubhouse, Jockey Club. Delicious Expensive though......
29 Post contains images Tbar220 : United Airline, I'll have dim sum or 'yum cha' over dorm food any day. I hope you feel the same way
30 Post contains images Docpepz : Tbar220: Why don't you just hop across the road to cafes and stuff around your campus instead of eating the dorm food? That's what many of my friends
31 Post contains images Airbus_A340 : R.E. Hkgspotter1, I guess he doesn't liek the other half, because there are a few anomolies of not-so-appealing dishes, like fish head....ewww, well t
32 Post contains images United Airline : Tbar220, I agree. You should try one of those cafe(s) around your school. I love yum cha too. Des
33 Post contains images 9V-SVE : I luv those Shrimp Rolls and Chicken Feet!
34 Airbus_A340 : Chicken feet in black bean sauce or 'fong jao' mmmmmmm.....can't wait to go yum cha next.
35 Vywh : Dim Sum should probably be one of the best food on earth,especially during lunch time you hang around with some of your friends tasting this wonderful
36 Post contains images Airbus_A340 : Definatly Vywh! Part of the atmosphere of a Chinese restaurant is the noise and how loud it is. If you are one where they push the food around with tr
37 Post contains images 9V-SVE : oh, i forgot i also like cha siu bao! nice sweet meat.
38 Cathay Pacific : I haven't been to yum cha for a few months!! I miss my cheung fun.....laai wong bau.....haa gow.....etc etc
39 United Airline : Hey everyone......... Chan Chu Gai is pretty nice too The one with rice........
40 Post contains images United Airline : Hey everyone! E-mail me! Perhaps we should go 'gum cha' TOGETHER one day........ Anyone free? Or will be visiting Hong Kong anytime soon? JUST E-MAIL
41 Post contains images Cathay Pacific : yeh, that sticky rice thingy, it's one of my 'must eat' dim sum!!! hahaha too bad i'm not in HK to go yum cha with you guys
42 Airbus_A340 : Yes let's meet and maybe go spotting at CLK afterwards! Contact me ICQ:25604708 or just post here! Trevor
43 Vywh : Yeah,exactly.I like beef ball most.To me,that can't be a real "yum cha" without having beef ball.. And I went to yum cha a couple of days ago,that's f
44 Post contains images United Airline : E-mail me folks! And please add me to your ICQ list. My UIN is 58505564
45 United Airline : Ever tried having Dim Sum together with Champagne? I did that once. Very nice indeed!
46 Pacific : My favourate Dim Sum restaurant closed down recently for restructuring. Anybody know the Fook Hing Hotpot Retaurant at Elizabeth House? Cheap, good di
47 United Airline : Yes I know...... Even the one in Wanchai. Those two restaurants have been sold. I go there sometimes. And I like the dim sum there. Beishou Seafood Re
48 United Airline : Guys...... E-mail me Ever tried King Palace at Hopewell Center? Give it a try! It is the largest restaurant in Hong Kong......
49 Post contains images United Airline : One more thing, people used to have 'Gook Po' in the past. Remember? However, it was found out that it is harmful to your health, we now have Po Lei i
50 United Airline : Ever tried Champagne with Dim Sum Folks? Give it a try! Its nice. We seldom do that though. Pacific, I go there sometimes. It is sad to see restaurant
51 Tsentsan : Better save this thread in my hard drive so when I go back to HK again, I'll know where to go for some good food....
52 Post contains images United Airline : E-mail me when you come over to HK. And I can take you out for some good food.
53 AerLingus : Of course! I have dim sum almost every other weekend. Good stuff!
54 Post contains images United Airline : Cool. So what do you normally have?
55 Post contains images United Airline : I had Dim Sum with my friend at HK Poly U's Chinese Restaurant today........ I didn't feel like eating that much today. So we only ordered a 4 dishes.
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