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Ever Tried Cantonese 'Dim Sum' Before?

Thu Apr 18, 2002 11:33 pm

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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Fri Apr 19, 2002 12:05 am

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!
 
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Fri Apr 19, 2002 12:34 am

oh....i miss yum cha in HK!  Crying
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RE: Ever Tried Cantonese 'Dim Sum' Before?

Fri Apr 19, 2002 1:07 am

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!

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RE: Ever Tried Cantonese 'Dim Sum' Before?

Fri Apr 19, 2002 1:26 am

Had Dim Sum today !!. I guess I like 50% of it.
 
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RE: Ever Tried Cantonese 'Dim Sum' Before?

Fri Apr 19, 2002 3:23 am

I love 'Yum Cha'.

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

Hkgspotter1, 50% of it? Why?

 
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Fri Apr 19, 2002 3:30 am

The Cantonese style of Cooking is renowned as the best among seven major dishes.
 
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Fri Apr 19, 2002 4:06 am

Definately my best find on my trip to Hong Kong!
 
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Fri Apr 19, 2002 12:33 pm

How about Chinese Restaurants outside Hong Kong? Like the ones in China Town(s)
 
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RE: Ever Tried Cantonese 'Dim Sum' Before?

Fri Apr 19, 2002 12:48 pm

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
 
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Fri Apr 19, 2002 1:34 pm

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

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Fri Apr 19, 2002 1:38 pm


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Fri Apr 19, 2002 2:01 pm

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'.
 
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RE: Ever Tried Cantonese 'Dim Sum' Before?

Fri Apr 19, 2002 2:54 pm

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

Fav tea ---> Jasmine
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RE: Ever Tried Cantonese 'Dim Sum' Before?

Fri Apr 19, 2002 3:48 pm

Cool

I like Cheung Fun too.

What about Spring Rolls? As well as those sweet Egg Tarts?
 
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Fri Apr 19, 2002 4:16 pm

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???
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Fri Apr 19, 2002 5:31 pm

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
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RE: Ever Tried Cantonese 'Dim Sum' Before?

Fri Apr 19, 2002 5:39 pm

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.
 
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RE: Ever Tried Cantonese 'Dim Sum' Before?

Fri Apr 19, 2002 6:23 pm

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?
 
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Fri Apr 19, 2002 7:48 pm

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.

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Sat Apr 20, 2002 12:13 am

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.
 
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Sat Apr 20, 2002 12:18 am

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

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Sat Apr 20, 2002 12:59 am

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

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Sat Apr 20, 2002 1:19 am

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
 
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RE: Ever Tried Cantonese 'Dim Sum' Before?

Sun Apr 21, 2002 3:25 am

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.
 
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Sun Apr 21, 2002 3:54 am

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 buns...noodle soup...ack!!!  Laugh out loud

Naw, dim sum is gooooood stuff
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Sun Apr 21, 2002 9:53 am

what is dim sum? i have no idea


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RE: Ever Tried Cantonese 'Dim Sum' Before?

Sun Apr 21, 2002 12:11 pm

Nice Chinese snacks. You should try it........

Dorm Food...... Oh........ Smile
 
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RE: Ever Tried Cantonese 'Dim Sum' Before?

Sun Apr 21, 2002 5:01 pm

Just had 'yum cha' at the Gallep, Happy Valley Clubhouse, Jockey Club.

Delicious

Expensive though......
 
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United Airline,

I'll have dim sum or 'yum cha' over dorm food any day. I hope you feel the same way  Laugh out loud
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Sun Apr 21, 2002 5:10 pm

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 in university do. It seems that's one thing all universities have in common: The dorm food sucks!

Of course that would mean forking out more money, but hey......  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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Sun Apr 21, 2002 5:13 pm

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 then he's a bit like me hehehe...but i Love Yum Cha!!!
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Sun Apr 21, 2002 5:17 pm

Tbar220,

I agree. You should try one of those cafe(s) around your school.

I love yum cha too.  Smile

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Sun Apr 21, 2002 5:36 pm

I luv those Shrimp Rolls and Chicken Feet!  Big thumbs up
 
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Sun Apr 21, 2002 5:57 pm

Chicken feet in black bean sauce or 'fong jao' mmmmmmm.....can't wait to go yum cha next.

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Sun Apr 21, 2002 9:10 pm

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 food.No one cares how much noise you make cos' it's already so noisy in the Chinese restaurant,but this is the style of it!!You agree?
 
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Sun Apr 21, 2002 9:14 pm

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 trolleys you can hear "haa gow, siu mai!" or "Fong jao, cha siu bao!" Smile

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Sun Apr 21, 2002 9:29 pm

oh, i forgot i also like cha siu bao!  Smile nice sweet meat.  Big thumbs up
 
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Sun Apr 21, 2002 9:38 pm

I haven't been to yum cha for a few months!! I miss my cheung fun.....laai wong bau.....haa gow.....etc etc
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RE: Ever Tried Cantonese 'Dim Sum' Before?

Sun Apr 21, 2002 9:41 pm

Hey everyone.........

Chan Chu Gai is pretty nice too

The one with rice........

 
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RE: Ever Tried Cantonese 'Dim Sum' Before?

Sun Apr 21, 2002 9:42 pm

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 ME FOLKS!  Smile
 
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Sun Apr 21, 2002 9:48 pm

yeh, that sticky rice thingy, it's one of my 'must eat' dim sum!!! hahaha  Smile

too bad i'm not in HK to go yum cha with you guys  Sad
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Sun Apr 21, 2002 9:55 pm

Yes let's meet and maybe go spotting at CLK afterwards!

Contact me ICQ:25604708 or just post here!

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RE: Ever Tried Cantonese 'Dim Sum' Before?

Sun Apr 21, 2002 9:59 pm

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 fantastic!
 
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E-mail me folks!  Smile

And please add me to your ICQ list. My UIN is 58505564
 
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Mon Apr 22, 2002 2:26 am

Ever tried having Dim Sum together with Champagne?

I did that once. Very nice indeed!
 
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RE: Ever Tried Cantonese 'Dim Sum' Before?

Mon Apr 22, 2002 8:53 am

My favourate Dim Sum restaurant closed down recently for restructuring. Anybody know the Fook Hing Hotpot Retaurant at Elizabeth House? Cheap, good dimsum. Reopens under another name in June.
My favs are:

har gow
siu mai
shrimp cheung fan
ham shui kok
beef ball
sin cheuk keuun
cha siu bao

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Mon Apr 22, 2002 9:51 am

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 Restaurant has also been closed down for restructuring. It was located at the 60th Floor at Hopewell Center. I love the view there......
 
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Tue Apr 23, 2002 1:51 am

Guys...... E-mail me

Ever tried King Palace at Hopewell Center? Give it a try! It is the largest restaurant in Hong Kong......
 
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RE: Ever Tried Cantonese 'Dim Sum' Before?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 12:07 pm

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 instead.

Anyone tried Gook Po Before? Personally I don't really like it. I like Po Lei.

Also, anyone tried those small cups of tea at Chiu Chow Restaurants? They are very strong........

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