Category Archives: dim sum

Má Pêche – New York City

Apart from the Milk Bar, I also want to eat something else of David Chang’s.  All the Momofuku restaurants are in the East Village except Má Pêche.  Its location in Midtown West is perfect for a pre-show meal…we ate here before going to Wicked.

Má Pêche is a fusion dim-sum restaurant but the decor is nothing like your typical Chinese dim-sum restaurant.  It’s set up more as a contemporary western restaurant.

Like a Chinese restaurant, the servers push carts around the restaurant for people to pick their choice.  I didn’t like Má Pêche’s cart-rolling method.  It was kind of unsanitary because none of the dishes are covered.  The servers basically spray their saliva all over the dishes because they explain each dish to each table.  Also, with no covers, the hot dishes were served warm.

 watermelon salad ( slices of watermelon with egg salad, cucumber, and fried chicken skin in between)……. another inventive dish with watermelon. Like Rose’s, $13 for watermelon and potato.. not really worth it..

Momofuku’s famous pork bun…. It was pretty good.. but kind of messy to eat with because the pork is too big for the bun and keep sliding out…

soft-shell crab bun.. this was kinda spicy but it’s unique… never had this anywhere

 lobster fried rice… this was our favourite dish as the lobster made the fried rice very fragrant. We ordered 2 of this!

Was a bit disappointed by this meal…. pricey for what you get (80+USD for a few dimsum choices.. and we weren’t even full)

O! and this doesn’t really work for a pre-show meal.  The dimsum carts move around so slow and each cart only have a few dishes.  By the time it went to a few tables, the choices you want are gone… and then you have to wait for another cart.

FAIM? un peu….!!

Má Pêche

15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019, United States
Phone:+1 212-757-5878

Canton @ Grand Hyatt Shanghai – Shanghai

The very first time I was in Shanghai, my foodie uncle suggested that instead of paying 100+ RMB for admission on the 88th floor observation deck of Jin Mao Tower (the tallest building in Shanghai back in 2004), we could have dim sum at Grand Hyatt on the 55th floor!  So on this trip, it was one of my grandaunt’s first time in Shanghai and we used the same money-saving idea.

We sat in the main dining room and had a great view of Pudong.

I didn’t really want to have dim sum in Shanghai when I could have eaten Shanghainese food and the dim sum were outrageously expensive.. so I came up with a brilliant plan! Have a small meal at Canton and then go have xiaolongbao and shengjianbao at Jia Jia Tang Bao and Xiao Yang later!

couldn’t stop eating the green seeds…

steamed pork dumplings with shrimp roe (siu mai)

steamed chicken feet with garlic and black beans..

BBQ pork buns….

steamed shrimp dumplings (ha gao)….

baked puff with ham, radish, and conpoy...

baked taro buns….

very expensive dimsum.. all just for the view!


Canton @ Grand Hyatt Shanghai

55F, Jin Mao Tower, 88号 Century Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai, China

Tel: +86 21 5047 1234 Ext. 8778/8779

Tim Ho Wan 添好運點心專門店 (Central) – Hong Kong

Tim Ho Wan opened another branch.. in IFC!!! Yay for cheap dim sum in the most expensive mall in HK! Well…actually, Tim Ho Wan is located in the MTR mall of HK station.

We went at 11:30am and by noon it was packed…but this is better than the Mongkok branch cause there’s air-con when you wait!

The dimsum is the same as the other branch except it’s a slightly more expensive.. but still a lot cheaper than the dimsum in Central!


Tim Ho Wan 添好運點心專門店

Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station (Podium Level 1, IFC Mall) , Central

Tel: 2332 3078

譚點 點心 – Hong Kong

Kowloon City is becoming a foodie paradise! First, there’s Thai, Vietnamese and Islamic food; then there’s dessert shops and now, dim sum specialty restaurants. My aunt took me to 譚點 點心 to try their fusion dimsum.

We went on a Saturday and there was a short line up.

Ha gaos (shrimp dumplings)… nothing really special.. except it only comes in twos..

shrimp rice rolls … the skin was thick …it doesn’t seem like that from the pictures, but it is…

pork lung soup… very tasty… to the point I think there’s MSG added to it…

mini wasabi shrimp burger…. the shrimp batter was a bit too thick…. but it’s inventive..

pan-fried glutinous rice.. this was pretty good.. flavourful and the rice wasn’t soggy..

sesame balls filled with runny egg yolk.. pretty interesting combination… but I still prefer the sesame filling..

boot jai go (red bean pudding)… too sweet!

The dim sum served here is inventive but it’s lacking the quality.  Also, it’s a bit pricey considering the location and the food served (it came out to $150 for 2)… Tim Ho Wan is cheaper!


譚點 點心

29 Nam Kok Road, Kowloon City

Tong Kee 堂記腸粉專門店 – Hong Kong

After our failed attempt to go to Tong Kee last month, we succeeded this time around!

photo credit: openrice

Tong Kee is famous for its made-to-order rice rolls!  There’s usually a really long wait because it takes more than 20 minutes to make an order of rice roll!  As you can see, there’re hardly any tables so we got there right at 7pm (when it opens)!

Top L: rice roll with fish slice, shrimp and parsley                                                                Top R: rice roll with pig liver and duck                                                                        Bottom L: rice roll with beef and shrimp                                                                      Bottom right: rice roll with preserved sausage

My favourite rice rolls would be the fish+shrimp and pig liver+duck ones because other restaurants don’t have this combination.  The fish was very soft and the shrimp was large and bouncy.. this combination, along with the parsley, made this rice roll very fresh and “light.”  The duck liver was chewy (but not too hard) and the duck had a really strong flavour.  Most importantly, the rice roll was very thin and soft.. it practically melts in your mouth!

I like! Yummy rice rolls and cheap price! $71HKD for 4 rice rolls!


Tong Kee 堂記腸粉專門店
26 Man Wui Street, Jordan
Tel: 2710 7950


Sun Hing 新興食家 – Hong Kong

My friends who live in rez at the University of Hong Kong have been raving about the 流沙包 at Sun Hing restaurant for the longest time.

The restaurant opens from 3am to 4pm! Students who live in rez actually come at 3am for late night snack.. it’s a part of their “rez culture”!  Going here for “early” morning dimsum screws up their sleeping schedule for the entire week but the famous 流沙包 egg yoke lava bun makes up for the lack of sleep! Plus, local celebrities (like Eason Chan) also eats dimsum here at 3am.

Although I’m crazy about food, I’m not willing to sacrifice my beauty sleep for dimsum at the wee hours of the night; hence, my lunch time dimsum!  If Lin Heung Kui 蓮香居 is old school, Sun Hing is even more old school.  You share a table with other patrons and get your own dimsum from the table.  O! and this is literally a hole-in-the-wall restaurant… they’ve expanded the restaurant into the alley!

We ordered a bunch of dimsum: beef rice roll, steamed pork ribssiu mai with quail egg, cow intestines, steamed pork ribs rice, siu mai with pig liver, steamed bbq pork buns, shrimp dumplings with enoki mushrooms, and 流沙包 egg yoke lava bun.

This was the 1st time I had shrimp dumplings mixed with anything.. and they mixed it with my favorite enoki mushrooms! Yumm!  The rest of the dim sum was ok.  I was extremely disappointed with the 流沙包 egg yoke lava bun because I had such high expectations for the egg yoke filling(flowy but not too watery).  The 1st order of 流沙包 didn’t flow at all.  I thought that maybe it was a slight steaming error so we ordered another 流沙包. This time, the egg yoke flowed a bit better but still, it didn’t ooze out as I expected.  My friend said that the 流沙包 flows every time she eats it at 3am.. but.. the viscosity of the filling should depend on the steaming time… not the time the bun was made!


Sun Hing 新興食家

10 Hou Wo Street, Sai Wan

The Square 翠玉軒 – Hong Kong

Being a food blogger allows me to “shamelessly” tag along to meals! My latest tag-along meal was to dimsum at a one-star Michelin restaurant, The Square 翠玉軒.

The Square belongs to the Maxim’s group.. but this is the swankiest of the entire restaurant chain!

We ordered:

baked green onion pastry…fragrant and flaky! my favourite dimsum!

deep fried spring rolls.. it was ok…

steamed pea tips…nothing special…

honey glazed pork topped with almonds…yumm! the pork was tender and the sauce was sweet; but the star of the dish were the almond flakes! I kept picking the almonds to eat!

lobster noodles… nothing special.. but there were a lot of lobster! yay!

We also ordered the Chiuchow dumplings.. but I’m not a big fan of this type of dumplings..

The dimsum is of a better quality than the regular Maxim dimsum but of course, it’s more expensive!


The Square 翠玉軒

4/F, Block 2, The Forum, 8 Connaught Road, Central

Tel: (852) 2525 1163