Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Winnie Eats: Always hungry (in HK)

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Ah I do love a good food post so here are two of my favourite meals when I was away in Hong Kong. First up, the most important social occasion with any Cantonese family is yum cha where we consume masses of lots of little dishes which are collectively called 'dim sum'. I've heard it described as a Chinese tapas and it sort of is! I eat it regularly on a Sunday with family but when in HK, it is definitely more interesting as there are so many more variations! This one is a particularly relaxed restaurant called East Ocean Restaurant over in Taikoo (HK island) which is one of our regular haunts. Mostly, it is a convenient location from where we live in HK and serves decent dim sum which isn't too greasy so ticks a lot of boxes for my family. So rather than a must-visit, it's just a good example of dim sum!
dim sum (east ocean)
dim sum (east ocean) soy
salt and pepper fish
daikon dim sum
coffee jellies
Next up is one of my favourite places to eat...Din Tai Fung! I always visit their Causeway Bay location (see this post from last year) as it's just 2 stops from our apartment. They are a Taiwanese chain and are famed for their soupy, Siu Long Bao (Shanghai Dumpling/Xiao Long Bao). To start we had some of their cold appetisers. This includes my favourite Cucumber in chilli oil but also some pickled bitter melon which I actually quite like. I'm sure most Chinese readers can relate to being forced to bitter melon as children - they are probably a Chinese kid's version of brussel sprouts!
These won tons are always a winner but the real star of DTF are the fantastic Siu Long Bao. Seriously, I don't even bother eating any Siu Long Bao in the UK anymore as they are often too big, too meaty or not enough soup and they can never compare to the amazingly thin dumplings that DTF are so well known for making. I like how they are steamed on a delicate muslin cloth with a teeny tiny piece of garlic. Always be careful not to tear the dumpling and lose all that soupy filling - disaster!
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This time I convinced my dad to order the Pork and Black Truffle dumpling. Pretty pricey compared to the other dumplings but man, was it worth it. I'll be ordering this again next time I go back for sure! The truffle creates this incredibly fragrant dumpling and tastes completely different to the original pork/prawn variation.
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Both their branches in HK have Michelin stars too (the other one is in Tsim Sha Tsui). Generally, in HK I find that Michelin starred restaurants are wayyy more afforable than anything in the UK. I'm still patiently waiting for Din Tai Fung to open a resturant in the UK. You guys NEED to try them!


  1. Din Tai Fung is one of our favourite restaurants too! We often visit the TST branch with my cousins, auntie and uncle as it's their favourite restaurant, hospitality and privacy wise! xx

  2. these pictures are so gorgeous!!! i love din tai as well. now ur making me hungry!
    i'm in love with ur blog :) keep up the great work babe

    p.s thanks so much for ur lovely comment on our blog. we really appreciate it :) hope we can keep in touch!!

    xx Michelle


  3. Great photography! x


  4. Oh Winnie, you're making my stomach growl x

  5. Spot on. I also rarely order xiao long bao in the UK anymore. DTF is just too good!

  6. Good LORD I'm drooling over it all, especially the cheung fun. Can't get enough of the sweet soy sauce that accompanies it in restaurants!

    Jade | JadeFungBlog

  7. Seriously, this post has made me so hungry! What a beautiful spread!!

  8. Oh man that daikon lattice dish is a stunner. I don't think I've tried their dim sum. Maybe I can drag Kai and Liz over? :P


  9. Yummy food as usual! now I am hungry too!

  10. Yum, this all looks so good!

  11. This all looks delicious! Especially the coffee jellies :) x

  12. Pork & black truffles?? Wantons in chilli oil?? I love your food posts, Winnie...I'm so having food envy now. There's simply no way I could get dim sum that good in Tokyo...*sad bear moment*

  13. I just ate but this post has made me feel hungry again! I really want to try those coffee jellies!

  14. I love a bit of dim sum for sure, we go to a restaurant that sells it every few months. Love the sharing all the bits, they don't do coffee jellies though!

  15. I'm actually just drooling over here. Weirdly I've never been for Dim Sum! Need to rectify this asap clearly :) xx

  16. I love love love dim sum!! I always feel like London has a lacking amount of good places to go to. So jealous of all that food!

    Teffy { Teffys Perks Blog }


  17. All of this food just looks so delicious and I'm actually very interested in the bitter melon and cucumber in chilli! I think I'll have to try the Siu Long Bao at some point too, it sounds so yummy! I love your food posts Winnie :D - Tasha xxx

  18. I was fortunate to go to Din Tai Fung's original store in Taipei, Taiwan. Amazing. :D

    I am looking forward to the food in Hong Kong. :)

  19. "Always hungry" definitely describes me, haha. And now I'm totally craving awesome Chinese food!

    Stephanie | fashion and tea

  20. Ok, always hungry is the best title for this blogpost. I love everything, I just had dinner but I'm hungry again. Those wontons look so damn good (like everything else of course).

  21. Good goshies, I LOVE dim sum! My favs are the sweet pork buns & of course Siu long bao!! Yummy post :D

  22. Holy food! My mouth was watering looking at the amazing spread. I love your blog and the awesome food pictures. They are inspiring. Yum! :)

  23. Wow! Look at all that food :) I think my middle name needs to be Always Hungry. I love how everything is displayed, looks like it's a food display.

  24. I loveee din tai fung! Ate there when I went to Taiwan a few years ago..their xiao long bao are the best! :D The food all looks delicious. Those coffee jelly sound so good too ^_^

    Joyce @ carouselstreet.com

  25. This food looks AMAZING, I am so hungry!

    Maria xxx

  26. Oh! Miss dim sum so much:(
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  27. Aarrrrghhh!

    Your food posts are so good! This looks so delicious. I really want to go out and have lunch/dinner/tea with you! xx

  28. Wow this food looks so amazing. I really love Dim Sum although hardly ever manage to find any where to eat it near where I live.



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