[Hong Kong] Dim sum at Lin Heung Teahouse, Wellington Street.

Lin Heung Teahouse is one of those old-school dim sum places where trolley-carts still rule the roost. 90 years old this year, and still outrageously popular. Try to avoid peak breakfast hours (7am-9am) when folks jostle for their food - trolley-carts emerging from the kitchen will be assailed from all sides by seemingly starving and very aggressive diners.

  1. Dai bao (“big bun”, with the requisite pork, chicken, scallions, Chinese waxed sausage, hard-boiled egg & other goodies in the filling, with nice fragrance/aroma from the Shaoxing wine, ginger juice, soy sauce marinade.) - very tasty here, though I had a better one in Ipoh’s Foh San.

  1. “Cheung fun” (shrimp-filled, in a more traditional, thicker noodle roll)

  1. Chiuchow-style steamed dumplings, with chopped jicama, chives and shrimp filling.

  1. Steamed pork, shitake mushroom and fish-maw - this was so good, we ordered seconds. Definitely worth a trip to Lin Heung just for this:

  1. Thousand-layer steamed cake - one of my fave Chinese cakes since I was a young kid: layered with custard & salted duck’s eggyolk.

Address: Lin Heung Tea House, Tsang Chiu Ho Building, 160 Wellington St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2544 4556.

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That reminds of a time long ago on a different continent when the carts kept passing by without a pretty standard offering that the table craved. Finally one of the party went to the kitchen and came back with the goodies; can’t remember how the accounting was handled.

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Went straight there the first morning in HKG, or when we returned from China. Checked out several other places as well just to compare but Ling Heung was most enjoyable (not to mention most delicious). It was always full but we didn’t have to wait long for seats.

My partner learnt the word “har kao” and everytime an employee came out of the kitchen with the cart he would walk quickly to her and said the word. Yes, other people would also rush to the cart. It went empty really fast.

I never had the cake. Looks nice. Is it like custard buns, more or less? Same idea and method.

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BoneAppetite - there’s always that order card on each table where the server marked the items served to you. When you go after one of the carts or into kitchen, just bring along the card :slight_smile:

Presunto - yes, same ingredients as for a custard bun, just in a different form :smiley:

Old school indeed- the bird cages! Maybe these ah suk should try to bring one to the hotel dim sum joints!

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Now I remember – the kitchen incident happened where/when the bill was settled by counting plates and baskets !

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Eating dim sum is one of the high-lights of visiting HK and Ling Heung is a must for me. I have tried several places but they only made me go back to Ling Heung.

Having been to LH more times than all other dim sum places I kind of stopped making new photos because not much has changed over the years. Please do add more photos from your visits if you want to. There are dishes I don’t want to eat and don’t order but others may find them interesting.

Photos in this post are from my visit in October last year. My first return in 10 years.

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Make a decision quickly or someone else will snatch the baskets you want!

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Just a tiny bit of custard

What did that buffoon Trump tweet today?

Rushing to the steaming cart… You have to be “aggressive” or someone else will get the food first and you wait till the next round for the same dishes.

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160-164 Wellington Street (at the corner of Aberdeen Street)
Central, Hong Kong.

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The new Lin Heung 蓮香樓 reopened in March 2019 under a new name Ling Heung Tea Room 蓮香茶室 , it was took over now by the staff. Lease was renewed for 3 years from March. They did close for 1 day to change the signage.

We were in late June for a late lunch around 2:30pm. The room was still quite full. Nothing changed in decoration.

Even the birds still came here with their owners.

And the good old carts.

Or the teapots.

Since we were late, there were only 2 carts circulating. Many of the famous dishes were sold out, like the big bun. I asked the waiter, he told me I need to come for breakfast if I wanted that.

Quail eggs

Chicken tofu wrap

Thousand eggs bun

Chicken feet

Siu mai

Har Gow

Lotus seed bao

Lotus seed cream

The yolk

On the whole, we had a good meal, the style of dim sum was old style. Unlike the newer modern places, the dim sum did not have very fine skin, but were (over)filled with ingredients and generous, quite delicious.

As for the service and hygiene, many locals complained. I found the service alright, well, the direct Hong Kong style! We first took the empty table under an air conditioner, they noticed and redirected us to another place which was not as cold when it was available, we didn’t ask. One dim sum lady (violet lady) was patient to describe everything she had on the cart. The second one (blue shirt) on the photo above) just opened the bamboo covers and showed the various dim sum, didn’t say much.

Some of the menus.

Dim sum

The roosted meat section on the ground floor.

The bakery at the entry of the restaurant, ground floor. I noticed now that they sell tea as well.

I think one should go to visit, as these type of old style dim sum is getting rare and not sure after the lease is up, they will continue.

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Just curious since I’ve only had dim sum in the San Francisco Bay Area. Do you get up and go over to a cart to get your dim sum? It sounds exhausting. I’d be a nervous wreck trying to see what was coming out. FOMO!
Or are there only some things that people go after?
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From what I recall, you get up and grab if you want first dibs pretty much on the freshest thing that came out of the kitchen. They do push the carts and go around. Note… this was a long time ago when I tried it haha

Yes, you need to actually run to the cart a few tables before you to grab before the others, it’s a competition. Some carts have different types dim sum, so it might save you the trouble to run around. Well, maybe some exercises is good for you, as most dim sum are high protein.

Joking, you can stayed seated, and when the cart passes, you just ask the person without standing up.

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Unlike almost all other restaurants, the best seats at a dim sum cart joint are the ones closest to the kitchen door!!

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Very true!!

Still the same old decor as I remembered from our last visit before it closed!

How’s the stay over there? Relatively safe? My mister was thinking of making another trip back to HK for its food again haha…

Our trip was in June and July, there were demonstrations, but alright. Friends in HK said things are relatively more calm since end of November, less demonstrations and less police, I guess due to the HK human right bill passed in US.

One tip is try to keep always a safe distance from the police, the further away the better! They aren’t predictable.

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