I might have an unhealthy obsession with "dim sum".
I lived in Hong Kong for 3 years and how much dim sum have I had? Maybe too much. If you're one of my good friends in HK, you're probably sick of me asking to eat dim sum every Saturday, every Sunday, and pretty much everyday.
Since I've moved to Seoul, Korea in March 2015, I would get random dim sum cravings, especially over the weekend. I've had legitimate reasons for visiting Hong Kong once in a while, but dim sum definitely weighs heavily on my decision making. My latest visit to Hong Kong was in May 2016 for a quick weekend trip to see my mother before we embarked on our Seoul trip together.
I recalled going back earlier in the year of 2016 and trying out a NEW dim sum restaurant that opened up near Soho, Central. It was absolutely, mouth wateringly delicious! Though, I was a bit skeptical. I can't be sure if I'm being objective or if I'm just so dim sum deprived that it tasted better than it really is.
As a result, on this trip, I decided to take my mother here so the both of us could judge the quality of their food. We arrived in central station exit D and took the moving escalators up to Soho. It's located near Elgin Street but in a side street, so it can be somewhat hard to find.
We ordered some of our favorites including soup of the day, shrimp dumplings, turnip cake, spare ribs, a vegetable side dish, and lastly Malaysian sponge cake. My mother spent 10-15 years of her life in Chinatown New York City and consumed dim sum on a semi regular basis. By the end of the meal, she was convinced that it was one of the best dim sum she's had in years! We both looked at each other and nodded in agreement that the dim sum in the states is nowhere as authentic or tasty as the ones in Hong Kong. I mean, to be fair, it is Hong Kong style dim sum.
Moral of the story: if you've never tried dim sum, you're missing out!
If you've had dim sum before then you're probably hungry like me right now...nom nom nom.
Perhaps, I should make it my mission to find yummy dim sum in Seoul.
Address of the dim sum restaurant in HK:
Ding Dim 1968
14 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong
You can also check out reviews of Ding Dim 1968 on TripAdvisor:
If it's your first time trying this out, here are a few of my favorite dim sum choices for your reference:
Chicken feet - 鳳爪
Fried sticky rice - 糯米飯
Malaysian sponge cake - 馬來糕
Pork siu mai - 燒賣
Roast pork buns - 叉燒包
Shrimp dumplings - 蝦餃
Spare ribs - 排骨
Steamed soup dumplings - 小籠包
Turnip cake - 蘿蔔糕