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A Relic of the Past
Lin Heung Tea House is by no means a new dim sum establishment in Hong Kong, but it is certainly a classic, and arguably, it’s the most authentic dim sum in Hong Kong. In fact, in 1926 Lin Heung opened two branches in Hong Kong. In 1980, Lin Heung opened its branch in Central, and its branch in Sheung Wan (which is the location we review below) opened in 2009. Suffice it to say, Lin Heung is a relic of Hong Kong’s past, and it’s a one of a kind experience. If you wanna read more, check this out.
Aside from Lin Heung’s high quality dim sum, what sets it apart from nearly all other dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong is the fact that it still uses old school steamer carts to deliver fresh, piping hot dim sum right to your table.
While steamer carts used to be the norm for dim sum houses in Hong Kong, as space has become an increasingly prized commodity, many dim sum houses have decided to cram in more tables and thus forego the precious space the steam carts need in order to pass throughout the restaurant. But Lin Heung Tea House has held out, and in doing so they have preserved a traditional cultural experience of Hong Kong’s past. You’ve got to check it out as soon as you can, as maybe one day Lin Heung might decide to do away with their carts too! You’ll certainly not regret having authentic dim sum in Hong Kong.
What to Expect
There are two levels at Lin Heung. Usually, the first floor is more busy and the second is a little bit less so. Wherever you decide to dine, expect to share your table with a few other people.
Also, when you sit down, the waitstaff will ask you what type of tea you would like to drink. We usually get black tea, boe lay cha, but they also have Jasmine, jah-soo-mean and green tea, luk cha.
After they ask you for your tea selection, they will hand you a stamp card. The waitstaff will use this card to tally up all the different dim sum you order.
Here’s How To Order Authentic Dim Sum in Hong Kong
Since Lin Heung does not have any English menus, ordering there can be a little intimidating. But don’t worry, with a few of our tips, you will be playfully hurtling any language barriers you encounter, and diving deeply into a delectable and delightful dining experience!
Look in the Steamer Carts
It is perfectly acceptable to stand up from your table, walk over to one of the steam carts and ask (or gesture) to see what they have to offer. If you like what you see, hand them your stamp-card, let them stamp the item you have ordered, and take your food back to your table.
Relax and Wait for the Carts to Come By
Another way to get some of the delicious dim sum on offer at Lin Heung is to simply sit back, sip your tea, and wait for the steamer carts to pass by you.
Use our Photos Below
Of course, you can just show them some of the pictures below, and you also will be good to go!
What We Recommend
Again, we encourage you to explore this culinary treasure trove on your own. However, if you would like to try some of the dim sum that we have found to be delicious, here is what we suggest.
Where to Go
And if you’re not completely satisfied after having some of this authentic dim sum in Hong Kong, check out our Hong Kong Soul Food Guide, and you’ll definitely find all the culinary delights your heart could ever desire!
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