Sunday, December 28, 2008

Lin Heung Tea House, Hong Kong

This is my last post on Hong Kong.
Yes, yes, I hear lots of relieved sighs? :p
Lin Heung, one of the oldest restaurant in Central, was a must visit for it's one of a kind dim sum experience and of course, a very old style chinese dinner at night.
We went for dimsum and SF did remind us to check out the 'scene'; it's like no other.
We reached mid morning, the place was already packed with customers. I noticed there were mainly 2 types of customers, the tourists and the elderly. The locals definitely were more than the tourists; there were actually just a handful of tourist.
Managed to get a table, we shared table with an elderly couple..and we waited..and waited. There were no carts coming our way and no food :(. Next thing we know, everyone was rushing to the cart with their order cards. We learnt a new trick at Lin Heung; dont sit and wait for the dimsum, just run to the cart to get what you want, else you'll never get to eat!
So, after much scuffling for dimsum, we got these..
The siew mai.
The meat was very fresh, but a tad salty for my liking. Luk Yu's fared better.
I wanted my steamed spareribs as usual...
Average tasting though.

The beancurd fishmaw roll
This was really good. The fishmaw was springy, the meat filling sweet and the beancurd, tasty, as it absorbed all the delicious sauce.
The beef balls looked so tempting..
So we took a portion of it. The texture was lovely, the meat was bouncy, very juicy and the bits of orange peel added some zest to this dish.
Amy took the steamed radish cake
Super huge. The radish cake was very smooth and light, but after eating quite a big portion of it, I do get a tad sick of it :p
Total bill for our dimsum was HKD88.
We came back another night for dinner..
Again, this is a place to go if you want to really feel the atmosphere of local restaurant. In the evening, the crowd shifts from tourists and elderly to local families. Everyone was busy tucking in to piping hot chinese dishes.
We started off the dinner with Pork rib with buddha's palm soup
The soup was velvety smooth, so flavourful and all of us enjoyed it tremendously.
SF preordered 1 day in advance for their specialty Stuffed duck
Looks like pat poh ngap (eight treasure duck), but it's slightly different. The filling was so much that we could hardly see the duck meat..
Filled with soft lotus seeds, lots of chopped mushrooms and heaps of salted egg. So much so that we had a hard time finishing this bird. The sauce was thick and scrumptious, would have been better if they gave more of it. :p
Some deer ligamen with mushrooms..
The mushrooms were thick and yummy to bite into. The deer ligamen was slightly soft, gelatinous to sink my teeth into. I prefer the ligamen to have a mild crunch and spring to it

All of us find the stir fried lotus root
Lin Heung's version was full of wok hei, the lotus root and celery was sweet and crunchy, the water chestnut added a fibrous texture to the dish. The caramelised walnuts was so very lip smacking too! Love it.
Total bill was HKD360.
We ended our heavy dinner and popped over to Peel Fresco Music Lounge..
As Mr BS insisted that we had to try the best Sangria (HKD380 a pitcher) in the universe.
The Sangria was indeed very yummy and divine; but I'm not sure if it's the best in the whole universe.
And as we get all comfortable and the drink slowly warming our bodies, the jazz started... and what else could we do but to sit back and relax? :)
Lin Heung Tea House is located at 160-164 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong. Near to Aberdeen street. Can take Sheung Wan MTR exit.
Peel Fresco Music Lounge is located at 49 Peel Street, SoHo, in between Hollywood Road and Staunton Street, right across the street from Joyce is not Here!
And so ends my posts on Hong Kong. Hope it's useful for those who plans to go in near future? Last but not least, many many thanks to SF. Thanks dear for being such a gracious host, we really had a blast!!

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Blogger backStreetGluttons said...

If you bring us to Hong Kong we will promise to eat with you 7 times a day & 3 times a night and promise not to sigh

Happy New Year !

31 December, 2008  
Blogger mimid3vils said...

Hardly see the beef meat ball at dim sum place here~~ :(

31 December, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

backstreetGluttons: haha, that's a lot a lot of food! happy new year!

mimid3vils: yeah, so far, i've not seen one yet :(

31 December, 2008  
Anonymous jason said...

Self service dim sum? It somehow reminds me of how lazy (or was it fortunate?) Malaysians are :P

Happy New Year SC!

31 December, 2008  
Blogger Nic (KHKL) said...

lurve their beefballs...cant get in here in kl though...sigh....

sc, HAPPY 2009!!!! wishing you lotsa food and travel! ;)

31 December, 2008  
Blogger Selba said...

Happy New Year!

The best dim sum is in Hong Kong, right? :D

02 January, 2009  
Blogger Allie said...

I miss HK dim sum! I still remember how those siu mai taste! So delicious !

05 January, 2009  
Blogger Petite Lass said...

Slurrrpp. You did an excellent job in all your posts. Definitely helpful to those who are going to HK.
OMG, the duck looks very stuffed!(Looks very round) LOL.

17 January, 2009  
Blogger sc said...

petite lass: hi there! thanks, glad you find my post useful :). oh yes, the duck was really stuffed to the brim!

19 January, 2009  

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