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Nov 14, 2013 06:02 PM

Christmas morning? dim sum/jiao zi with kid, nearish TST

I'm landing in Hong Kong early Christmas morning with my 5 year old, then flying out in late afternoon. My plans may have to be jettisoned depending on how we're doing, but I'd love to spend at least a few hours in the city -- probably just ride the Star Ferry, walk around a bit, maybe the playground in TST to stay outdoors as much as possible.

But we'll be hungry, and it will be early Christmas morning. Where would you recommend for dim sum at that time? And I mention jiaozi because that's what my kid likes most. We'll be on pretty low wattage, so can't be anything too complicated.


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  1. How 'early' in the morning?! Christmas is not a factor but most 'chowhound worthy' places in the TST area only start serving Dim Sum lunch at around 11.30 -12.00 in the morning!

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    1. re: Charles Yu

      Does anyone have any direct experience of a Christmas openings (I don't as I always go away)? But HK does some unpredictable things over holidays and Christmas has two public holidays in a row so some business may close for one or both days. Lots will still be open but probably less variety than a normal week.

      1. re: Charles Yu

        So strange, I thought I replied to your "how early" question earlier. Sorry.

        Answer: EARLY! Flight lands at 5:30 a.m., probably head back to HKG around 12:30 p.m. Looking around at many of the places mentioned, I do see they are meant more for 11ish.

        So if there are any ideas for places that might open early -- either dim sum or simply Beijing-style dumpling houses -- then I'd welcome them. And Central is fine too -- can ride the ferry, ride back.

        Thanks! I'm continuing to scout around.

      2. There are a couple of places on the upper floors of iSquare mall. They are pretty relaxed settings with good view of the harbor.

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        1. re: PeterL

          The ones PeterL mentioned most probably include Ah Yat Harbourview, Nanhai #1 and Star of Canton. However, according to their website they only open their business at 11.30am - 12.00 noon!!

          @PhilD: Unlike Chinese New year, X'mas to Chinese establishments is a non-event. 100% of them will be open!! However, since its a statutory holiday, business will be very brisk, even worse than your weekends!!

        2. Luk Yu Teahouse opens for dim sum at 7am daily. You may want to pop by there early on Christmas morning.

          1. go get some really good fish congee, once ure in central sheung wan is easy to get to

            not sure how well they speak english, but just copy the following and show it to them:
            油炸鬼 - fried crueller (you dip into the congee
            )鮮魚腩肉丸粥 - fish belly and beef meatball congee (this way u get different types of meat)
            清湯蘿蔔 - stewed radish

            simple meal, but it will open early and they make it really nice