Hong Kong: Dimsum (飲茶), Ramen (日式拉麵),Typhoon Shelter Crab ( 避風塘蟹)

Dad invited us for dimsum the next day in a nearby restaurant. In Hong Kong dimsum refers to the actual food that is ordered and the more correct term when we go for dimsum is 飲茶 (yum cha), which means drink tea. I let my dad do the ordering and he generously ordered a lot of food for us.

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Traditionally food was pushed around in dimsum carts, but that seems to have been replaced by filling out paper order forms and less dimsum carts. Every once in a while, servers will walk around with some dimsum and ask if you’re interested. You can say no, or you can say yes and they’ll add the dish to your bill.

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This was a lot of food. Bill was such a trooper for eating a lot of it so my dad doesn’t feel sad that I didn’t eat much.

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Afterwards, we went to Causeway Bay (銅鑼灣) to look for more food. We were very full after dimsum, but the main goal of this trip was to visit my family and food, so we couldn’t skip any meals. Bill did some research and found a ramen place that was quite popular. We didn’t have to line up too long in line.

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I added lettuce on mine and bill had the ramen with spring onions. It’s very similar to the ones we have in Vancouver.

That night, we joined my good friend Wilson for Typhoon Shelter Crab (避風塘蟹). Typhoon shelters used to be quite popular in Hong Kong, where people would dine in small boats for seafood. Typhoon Shelter Crab is characterized by a spicy crunchy topping. It was very good and you can actually buy a jar of the spicy stuff to bring home.

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The crab was really good. We also ordered this thing called 九土魚 (gau tou yu). It’s not something that I would normally order and it’s one of those dishes that you either like it or hate it. The texture of the fish can be off-putting to some people. It’s a bit slimy…like rotten fish.

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Unfortunately, due to the weather that day, we couldn’t stay longer in Causeway Bay with Wilson for dessert. It’s always nice meeting Wilson in Hong Kong.

Emily