Lin Heung Tea House, Hong Kong

Seeing that Hong Kong is famous for its dim sum, we wanted a taste of what the locals liked. Our foodie guide states that the locals kickstart their days with a pot of tea, 2 dim sum items and the newspapers and first up on the list is Ling Heung Tea House in Wellington Street, an 80 year old establishment that is still packed day to night. Even recommended by TIME in its 10 things to do in HK in 24 hours article.

It took us a while to find the place as Wellington Street span over a few blocks, and boy, the hilly streets were unexpected to me. 😛 But it was good for working up an appetite! Lol. When we finally spotted the place, wooh, relief. The quiet bakery downstairs didn’t deter us from entering and up we went to find…

this! Every table was filled and we were directed to wherever that had empty seats. Sharing the table is def. the norm here as our table was filled with people from all walks of life, with the biggest group being a band of 3. Heh. And yes, they were comfy with reading the newspapers, completely oblivious to the hustle and bustle around them.

The trolley dollies only came as far to the corner of our table and as she walks up and down calling out the items she has, we can barely hear her over the din. Asked an uncle and he said it was alright to go grab whatever you want from the kitchen or from the trolleys. Still for the uninitiated, it was a wee bit daunting.

I think the only reason why the locals have few dim sum baskets on their tables is simply for the lack of space! Encroaching into another’s space seemed like such a faux pas. Oh and maybe worn out with trying to hail the trolley dolly. 😛

Maybe it was nearing lunch, but I couldn’t hear any of the classics being served but hey, we’re open to trying new stuff so we kept looking around at other tables to see what other people were having. The guy next to us had this heavenly chunk of char siew with rice which was definitely not ½fat½lean but more like ¾fat¼lean! Fried rice was also big with the locals as lunch.

So what did we get to try? The beef balls for one. Steamed with beancurd skin, this was actually quite yummy. But use of meat tenderiser is liberal, so you get smooth, juicy and bouncy beef balls. The dash of Worchester sauce does compliment the beefy taste well. Even the beancurd skin has absorbed all the flavours.

The same uncle we talked to ordered this steamed swamp eel (蒸鳝) and we followed suit. It was firm and tasty, with a hint of fatty fish taste (if you know what I mean). My favourite of the lot.

This was the only item I grabbed off the trolley, the lotus leaf wrapped rice. I think the versions we Malaysians are used to are the ones where the accompanying filling to the rice is using diced pork, sausages, mushrooms, chestnuts etc. so this one was somewhat different with the minced meat and dried shrimp topping. However it was well flavoured and tasted quite good but after a while, we gave up on the rice as it was starting to fill me up.

Overall, dining here was an eye-opening experience. Food wise, I wasn’t particularly blown away but there are many more items available that we didn’t have the space nor chance to try. But for dim sum, this place was rather reasonable in comparison to the other place we went to, i.e. this meal came up to around HKD60. And you’re sure to get your money’s worth as each piece is err, for the lack of a better word, solid and unpretentious.

Lin Heung Tea House 蓮香樓
160-164 Wellington Street,
Central, Hong Kong.
Open 6am to 11:30pm (closed bet. 4:30 to 5:30pm)

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9 Comments »

  1. J2Kfm said

    yeah! the ups n downs of Wellington Rd took its toll on us, on 2 diff occasions!

    phew. but breakfast here was indeed an eye opener. mingle with the locals.

    epicuriousgirl says: haha, that was before i discovered the mid-levels escalator! then, it was easier…

  2. Must have been frustrating having to hail those trolley dollies. @_@.

    3 items and you’re full already ah?

  3. Must have been frustrating having to hail those trolley dollies. @_@.

    3 items and you’re full already ah?
    Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can’t wait to see your next post!

    epicuriousgirl says: waited till full! haha, no lah. saved some space for another eatery 😛

  4. i hope i can remember all those wonderful things when i go to hongkong!

    epicuriousgirl says: i had a list, if that helps 😛

  5. mimi said

    Definitely a new experience for eating dim sum (I mean sharing table, hehe)

    epicuriousgirl says: true for m’sians but for them, it’s an everyday thing.

  6. gina said

    I tried the dim sum at this pricey place at Tung Chung.. and for the life of me, I don’t even remember the shop’s name! But the har kao is really succulent and the prawn used is really fresh!

    epicuriousgirl says: I guess HK is just one of those places where dim sum can’t go wrong!

  7. Sniff sniff…i didn’t know they have eels!! Looks good leh….

    epicuriousgirl says: i don’t think any tourist will know the extend of their full menu 😛 but yes, the eels were good! i think should be comparable to the seng cheong ones in taipa, macau 🙂

  8. Kwong said

    Epicuriousgirl, I enjoyed your blog.

    I was in Hong Kong last feb. and went to Lin Heung several times. Loved it. I actually enjoyed running around the restaurant lifting the lids off the steamer baskets on the push carts. Discovered several dishes I never tried before. Sharing a table with the locals also added to the experience. Can’t wait to return.

  9. thamchiak said

    This one is the best . I have tried before.
    Those restaurant dim sum also so so only. This one is more traditional and nice.

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