I haven’t been blogging lately because it’s peak season at work and I was given additional assignments, so I pretty much have no time to do other things. Despite that, I was able to spare a couple of days to spend a weekend in Hong Kong and Macau with Charity and Sookyoung 이모. I’ve been to HK and Macau lots of times, but this trip proved to be a brand new experience because we visited a number of places that we haven’t explored before.
For most Hong Kong visitors who come for the food, Hong Kong = Dimsum (although for me, Hong Kong = roasted goose ). Therefore, it is a must for us to have at least one dimsum meal in Hong Kong. I’ve been seeing this place called Dim Dim Sum being recommended in PEx’s Hong Kong thread. This dim sum specialty shop has become quite popular after it bagged the Best Dim Sum Award by Time Out Hong Kong in 2012 and was included in Newsweek’s 2012 list of the 101 Best Places to Eat In The World. Such accolades, plus the reviews which said that the prices are quite cheap vis-à-vis the quality of the food that they serve, naturally piqued our curiosity. Thus, after a tiring exploration of Temple Street Night Market, a dim sum pig out is in order at Dim Dim Sum’s Mong Kok branch.
From what I’ve read, there’s always a queue outside the restaurant. We thought, at a little past 11pm, it’s either closed, or we didn’t have to wait. When we got there, the restaurant was full (it only sits 40 pax). Fortunately, we only had to wait a little over 5 minutes before we were let in (and it really was a fortunate thing because it was quite cold that night and we’re really, REALLY hungry). Just to illustrate how popular this restaurant is: after we were let in, the queue outside the restaurant became longer and when we finished eating at way past 12mn, there’s still people coming in.
Their menu is quite extensive that you will end up having option paralysis if you haven’t decided yet on what you will eat. We already picked our food in advance but once we got in and saw what other people were having, we ended up ordering more.
Here’s what we ordered (note: some of my captions are not the actual names as written on their menu. I’ve pretty much forgotten exactly what they’re called, so I’ll just use the more popular terms, at least among Pinoys):
Stuffed eggplant in teriyaki sauce – This wasn’t in the original plan, but both tables next to ours ordered it and it’s all over their promotional posters, so we just had to try it. Indeed, it’s one of the best items on their menu. In fact, it was gone before the other dishes we ordered arrived at our table.
Piggy custard buns – this is probably the most photographed item on their menu based on the posts on Dim Dim Sum’s official Facebook page. Those buns look really cute, although the ones that we got look more terrified than cute. Some reviews said that it’s cute but the taste is nothing special. I dunno, Charity and I loved it. The filling seems to be custard with salted egg yolks, and the taste is simply divine. It’s like eating puto with salted egg toppings. I think the grainy texture of the filling can be off-putting to some, hence the not-so-favorable reviews. But I liked it. I actually regret not taking some back home.
Three people had all that for a measly total of HKD198. And we didn’t even finish them all in one sitting. We had to take home the sweet buns because our stomachs simply cannot accommodate another bite. Not bad, right?
Dim Dim Sum will definitely be a regular stop in every Hong Kong trip I will take from now on.