Amazing Dim Sum in HK accesible to train from Airport?
I might have a 10 hour layover in Hk from 1pm to 11 pm.
I'm looking to try authentic dim sum.
So far in life, my dim sum experience has been Yank Sing (San Francisco, USA) and Mandarin Court (New York, New York, USA)
Now that I have the chance to be in Hong Kong, I'd really like to try extraordinary, mind-blowing dim sum.
Ideally, I'd like to find something that isn't too far from the trains, for I will be travelling on the HK airport train.
1pm to 11pm layover - you can pretty much go *anywhere* in HK! Just check the threads for the best HK dim sum spots (e.g. Tim Ho Wan, Tasty)
P.S. - Yank Sing is my fave dim sum spot in the SF Bay Area - been there umpteen times. It's the best there is over there, but really nothing compared to the top-flight dim sum spots you'll find in HK.
The Airport express station in Kowloon is not connected with the subway so it would be easier to take a cab to Tim Ho Wan. Cabs are cheap in HK.
To get to Tasty, I would get off at the Central Airport Express station, walk up to Des Voeux Road and take the tram to Happy Valley. Sit up top and soak up the scenary.
In tht timeframe all of HK is accessible but you wil be too late for lunchtime many places and as Dim Sum tends to be lunch option your options will be more limited. I think you should be in Central 90 mins after landing depending on immigration queues so that is 2:30. Tim Ho Wan will be open and is good, but good at its (cheap) price so nor really the best.
As Klyeoh they are much discussed on the board, so see which one(s) you like and then check to see what time they stop serving dim sum, and remember even the big ones like Fu Sing can run out of dishes after the rush.
You used the word 'Amazing'. ( guess it applies to taste, presentation, creativity, service, view...etc )
If that's the case, might as well take the train all the way to the Hong Kong Stop and have lunch at the Michelin 3* Lung King Heen inside the Fourseasons. Light years ahead in terms of quality, presentation and atmosphere than anything in North America. Normally, I will not recommend LKH especially their dinner, however, their Dim Sum is fine and the experience is unique for a Dim Sum restaurant!
Train ride is about 20 minutes.
re: Charles Yu
Charles - it is good idea but last orders are 2:30 monday to Saturday and 3:00 in Sunday.
I can usually get from plane door to HK Station in approx an hour, with carry in bags, and useing the electronic immigration gates (as a resident and very frequent traveller). If you land at Gate 69 and re not familiar with the airport, and then land when tourist immigration has queues, then getting into Central in less than 90 mins woukd be tricky.
re: Charles Yu
My gourmand friends recently moved to Hong Kong after living in Tokyo for 12+ years. Needless to say they are looking for restaurants that will satisfy their discerning palettes. They are fortunate not to have any budget restrictions. I would be delighted to pass on your "Hit List" :)
For more detailed and diversified opinion, instead of just relying on me, best thing is for your friend to sign onto chowhound.com and openrice.com and do some searching and researching!
I don't have a 'hit list' as such. Furthermore some of the great food I had in establishments, may not be accessible to others. Anyways, here are some of my favourites ( mind you, I haven't been back for a few months and as such the list might be a bit 'out-of-date )
Dim Sum: Man Wah, Fook Lam Moon. Star of Canton, Forum, Yan Toh Heen, Ming Court and Tim Ho Wan.
Cantonese: The Chairman, Manor, Celebrity Cuisine, Cuisine Cuisine in the MIRA, Ming Court, Tim's Kitchen, Lei Garden (Wan Chai branch), ( Yung Kee Top floor VIP level if you can find someone who is a member or a holder of the AMEX Centurion card to take you there! ), Fung Lum ( roasted pigeons and spiced pepper and salt prawns but a bit out of the way in NT's Tai Wai ))
Shanghainese: Hong Kong Old Restaurant (MIRA), Liu Yuan Pavilion, Snow Garden, Ye Shanghai
Northern: Hong Zhou, Tin Heung Lau ( the yellow fish can get pretty expensive! )
Noodles, snacks, hole-in-the-wall : Mak An Kee, Tasty's, Ser Wong Fun & She Wong Yee ( snake soup ), Tso Choi Koon. Yat Lok or Joy Hing for Cantonese B-B-Q or roasted meats including goose
Chiu Chow: Hung's Delicacies
Western : Caprice, Amber, L'Atelier Robuchon and 'Jimmy's Kitchen' ( for some good-old-days dishes like Chicken Kiev, Oxtail soup..etc), Mandarin Grill and Bar.
There are sooooo many places left where I just love one or two of their specialties! eg., Kimberley for the whole suckling piglet stuffed with favoured rice, Celestial Court for the Har Gow shrimp dumplings, Xin Dan Ji for great seafood in town and NOT out in the wilderness!, Da Domenico for great Italian pastas but also at a world record price! Mak Man Kee for the Penny hot sauce shredded pork noodles and the Braised beef brisket and tendons......etc
The list is endless!! Try asking your friend for a Tokyo hit-list and he'll know what I mean!!
re: Charles Yu
Thanks a million for sharing your insights. I asked you specifically because you articulate a thoughtful analysis of your meals and in my humble opinion base them on sound criteria. I will pass along your suggestions and encourage my friends to join Chowhound!
I visited Hong Kong in the Spring and will certainly return within the year to try some of your suggestions. It is interesting that some of your choices require an introduction (or rare credit card) as this is sometimes the case in Tokyo. A friend of mine is called the Tokyo Fixer and his job is to guide foreigners to the best of food experiences in Tokyo. The guy trained as a lawyer but decided eating great food all day long was better! He has his "Black Book" which holds the key to eating the best of Tokyo. If ever I can return this favor please let me know :)