Lin Heung Tea House@ Central, Hong Kong

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    Hilly slopes are everywhere in Central but there is an easier way to get to Wellington Street where the famous Mak’s Noodles, Yung Kee Roasted Goose and Lin Heung Tea House is located. Take the Exit C of Central MTR Station, turn left and walk straight a couple of lanes until Queen Victoria Street, turn left and walk to the start of the Central-Mid-Levels Escalator. The Central-Mid-Levels Escalator travels down from 6:00 am to 10:00 am but go up from 10:30 am to midnight.

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    Dim Sum can be considered one of Hong Kong’s must try experiences. With thousands of “cha lou” (tea houses) around the island to be chosen from, Lin Heung, an 80 year old establishment top the list for its traditional setting and atmosphere.

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    It was a Saturday morning man so we thought why not getting up earlier for some yum cha experiences. We reached Lin Heung around 9am and man, the place was noisy, frenetic, and chaotic!While friends and families sits around the table enjoying their food, other people (like us) were standing around waiting for a seat.

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    Once seated, our teas came in an individual tea cup with lid shortly after the waiter asked for our choice of tea. He washed our cups in the first pouring of tea and poured the waste into an empty container nearby. To ask for a refill, just lift the lid off and the waiters will fill in some fresh hot water promptly.

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    What about the food? We summoned the waiter to have the cart brought by our table continuously but no one seemed to bother! So, before you include any famous tea house into your itinerary, you need to master the skill of survival first.  Right after you step your foot into the battle ground, rush to the first vacant seat available and keep an ever watchful eyes at the entrance of the kitchen. Once the lady in that customary costume appeared with her metal trolleys, grab your dim sum card, run towards her and hijack her cart before it goes traversing between tables. And that’s what we did in a foreign land. (smile sheepishly)

    Take a look at our battle goodies.

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    Steamed bean curd with chicken, fish maw and mushroom.

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    Siu mai with chinese sausages

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    Pork’s stomach siu mai

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    Cha xiu bao

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    Steamed raddish cake

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    Other than the oh-so-delicious pig’s stomach siu mai and steamed raddish cake, everything else was mediocre! Setting aside the nothing to shout about morsels, it was the experience that makes our visit worthwhile. The gregariousness and cheerful noise-making is all part of the Dim Sum experience after all. The total bill? HKD 88 – a small price to pay for an eye opening experience.

    Lin Heung Tea House蓮香樓
    G/F, 160-164 Wellington St,
    Central Hong Kong
    (852) 2544 4556
    Open 6am to 11:30pm (closed bet. 4:30 to 5:30pm)


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