Dim Sum Experience

Dim Sum Experience

How Hong Kong’s quintessential street snack has gained a cult following
In a nondescript storefront on a busy street in Hong Kong, a long line of hungry office workers begins to form each evening.  Yue Lai Lao Zhu Snacks is home to what many believe is the world’s best siu mai, a steamed dumpling made with pork, shrimp, mushrooms and, sometimes, fish paste. The hole-in-the-wall in Tuen Mun, a suburban neighborhood in the northwestern reaches of Hong Kong, has gained a cult following in recent years, especially among food-obsessed commuters who want a quick bite on their way home.  “Siu mai is part of Hong Kong people’s lives,” says Patrick Chu, who opened the thriving dumpling business a decade ago.  Chu’s dumplings - based on his father’s recipe- are regarded
Inside a chaotic century-old tea house
Lin Heung Tea House has been an iconic establishment in Hong Kong’s Central district since 1918. The restaurant is famed for its authentic dim sum, with dishes on offer that are hard to find elsewhere. It's also renowned for its chaotic atmosphere, in which diners surge forward to nab the tastiest treats from steamer trolleys before they’re all gone.  But the tea house will soon have to steam its final dish. Lin Heung closes for good at the end of February. Check out our video, above, for a last look inside this venerable institution.