When going to Hongkong one thing you should always eat is dimsum. Dimsum (點心) means little dishes. People often eat it in Guangzhou and Hongkong. Dimsum originates from the Cantonese.
Long long time ago travellers on the Silk road would stop at Tea houses to drink tea and relax. Before an imperial doctor said that eating food with tea would increase your weight, but later it turned out that tea helps digesting your food better. Especially oily food. I imagine it as tea fluid will trap oil pools in your stomach and break it apart in small pieces… So the Tea house owners eventually added small snacks to the tea which is now the dimsum and yamcha ( 飲茶). Thank you Tea house owners, for this lovely way of eating.
Hongkong dimsum adventure
So of course when we were in Hongkong we also ate dimsum! On the third day we and Lazy Chinchilla went to the big Buddha on Lantau Island. You can take a cable car via the other island. The floor of the cable car was made of glass so we could admire the broccoli trees beneath us. It was also possible to hike to the Buddha, but a bit too long for lazy us. Since we were also planning to have dimsum after the visit.
At the metro station Ngong Ping there was a big outlet mall with a dimsum restaurant, called Federal Palace. The restaurant was quite busy. Filled with families having their lunch. The place had chandeliers and round white clothed tables. A waiter took us to a spot on the second floor. After picking some nice dishes from the photo menu we could finally eat the good stuff! And I was not disappointed.
The Zhaliang 炸两 (long white flabby thing) was the best I have ever had. It is a fried dough (油条) wrapped with think rice noodle layer. This zhaliang had little shrimps in the skin. The sauce is a bit sweeter than in The Netherlands and the dough was sowww crispy! AAHH just the best. We ordered an extra one of course. The rest of the food was also just perfect.
Fun little story about our waiter: when we got the check which was 311 HK dollar, my friend put 500 dollar in the booklet. But the waiter didn’t move, he was just pointing at something, he was showing a page under the bill. It already the change money for 500 HK dollar. So smart and efficient ^^.
Dimsum in the Netherlands
Luckily we don’t need to go to Hongkong or Guangdong for good dimsum. There are some good places in the Netherlands too. Follow the Chinese to eat the good stuff.
~ Den Haag ~
Kee Lun Kok, Wagenstraat 95, Den Haag
(wow, I guess when the restaurant is so good, you don’t even need a website)
Konotori / Ming Dynastie, Spui 170 Den Haag
~ Rotterdam ~
Orient Pearl, Kruiskade 72-76, Rotterdam
Oh, I see more Chinese restaurants don’t have websites.
Grand Garden, Aert van Nesstraat 4, Rotterdam
There are much more good places, but I feel lazy to mention them all. Try these places first and when you need new recommendations, let me know. Also let me know if you know some good places.
Have a good weekend!