# Tuesday, April 21, 2009

When I first tried this restaurant quite sometime ago, I noticed that it was good and very special, I saw it as a nice eatery at the Happy Valley neighborhood but did not realize that it has such great potential of making it to the Michelin guide. I am not sure if the restaurant's English name "Dim Sum" is truly official, but most locals are not aware of it - yes, we only know it by the Chinese name 譽滿坊, which is pronounciated as "Yue Mun Fong".

Since the restaurant is located at a quiet and high class neighborhood not accessible by MTR, the environment is very nice, and the chances of having unpleasant people around is quite unlikely. The place is small but decorated well, with good food, it is truly a great place to enjoy dim sum, at a premium price though.

Somehow I feel that this restaurant offers the most expensive dim sum in Hong Kong, they have a category of dim sum known as 貴族點心 - dim sum for the nobles, at HKD $80 each they are really costly, my instinct told me that I need not order those, for example, 翡翠官燕鮮蝦餃, Koon Yin Ha Gau, which means Shrimp dumpling with Birds nest, I doubt if that would make much differences than the regular ones, if I wish to consume Birds nest, there are many better way of cooking it. Actually, I tried a lowest cost (HKD $35) version of it - 燕液帝皇明蝦餃, which probably uses some sort of glue form of Bird Nest with Ha Gao, but hardly notice any difference from the regular ones.

I also find the 竹笙海皇龍蝦餃 - Lobster dumpling not much better than Shrimp dumpling, and the skin is not as good as some of the best restaurants - too thick and broken easily, so despite tasting good, they are not that superb.

燕液帝皇明蝦餃 Shrimp dumpling (ha gao) on the left, 竹笙海皇龍蝦餃 - Lobster dumpling on the right

The real great one is 魚翅酥皮龍蝦湯 - Chinese style Lobster Bisque with Sharks Fin, it is a good combination of east and west, the material is rich, and the taste is fantastic, it is highly recommended.

In general, this restaurant is worth visiting, I believe that there are other dim sums under the chef's recomendation section that are worth exploring. And I need to mention that the tea they use are very good, I'll go there again for sure.

By the way, tourists can also take time to see the neighborhood as well as a view of the Hong Kong Jockey Club race course. If you happen to visit Ocean Park and wish to eat at a place not too far away, you may consider it as well.

Address in Chinese: 跑馬地成和道63號地下
Address in English: 63 Shing Woo Road, Happly Valley
Tel: (852) 2834 8893

Operating Hours:
11:00 - 16:30
18:00 - 22:30

Google map: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=114499201820180881946.000463d25b524e2ce06d1

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