On our last day in Hong Kong, I wanted to make up for the disappointing dim sum at Luk Yu Tea House, so we set out to try Lin Heung Tea House as my favorite during my 2008 adventures and nostalgic Hei Yuet Seafood Restaurant (we spent a few mornings eating here during level 8 typhoons as well during our 2008 trip) as my back up plan in case Lin Heung disappoints. Well, I’m sad to report back that both did not impress this time around (nor the last in 2011). We started at Lin Heung and then bailed across the street to Hei Yuet. Texture, flavor, temperature all not on point.
Lin Heung Tea House
160 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Traditional Push Cart Style – Share tables
(South side of Wellington, right on the corner of Wellington and Aberdeen St)
162 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Order from a check off menu – no push carts
(This address is misleading, the entrance is actually from Wellington St, right across from Lin Heung)
Conclusion: My memories of perfectly made dim sum keep my hope up at these two locations. Will still go back on our subsequent trips.
Tip for dim sum: There are bowls and boiling water for you to rinse your eating utensils and bowls and plates before eating. Don’t be shy. Do as the Romans do.
To make up, I tried to satiate my search for the “yummy” by going to Mak’s Noodles, having some fresh fruit from the abundant fruit stands and a Hong Kong Style Waffle. The waffle was just what was expected – extra crispy/chewy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Then we were off to Hong Kong airport where we indulged in our last meal at Maxim’s in the awesome Hong Kong Airport food court of their noodles and roast duck.
[CFG Hong Kong Dining Tips: 1. Be ready to share a table with strangers. 2. Don’t expect to make “small talk” with the stranger – they might look at you weirdly. 3. Don’t idle. Make your decision quickly. 4. Be ready to pay up and get out. Most casual restaurants you pay at the cashier when you’re done, unless you’re somewhere fancy. In that case, once the check is delivered, they will stand there and wait for you to pay, so be ready to pay as they stare at you (yes, awkward for us Gui Lo’s). 5. Don’t expect friendly service. Just efficient Service. They might just bark at you, but don’t take it personally. The cashier might throw change at you, but I wouldn’t take that personally either. They’re just trying to get you out the door for more business to come in. “Mo Juo Zhu Sai lah!!” – Don’t get in the way. 6. Oh yea, it is customary to NOT tip unless already automatically added on.]