April 3, 2010

Quickie dim sum

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A friend is in town from Shanghai with her parents, and I decided to treat them to dim sum at Fook Lam Moon (福臨門).  It's actually nice to come for dim sum for a change, especially because it's one of the best places in town.

The one thing that annoyed me a little was that the restaurant wouldn't accommodate us by making sure that the dishes all came with four items instead of three.  As a result some of us either had to split items or give up on them.

Puff pastry with char siu (蜜汁叉燒酥) - these looked good, but I didn't have one as I wanted my guests to enjoy them.

Steamed crystal prawn dumplings (筍尖鮮蝦餃) - skin was perfect - both in terms of thickness as well as the steaming time.  Prawns had lots of flavor, probably with the help of a little baking soda but I didn't mind.

Steamed dumplings with prawn (鮮蝦蒸粉果) - ended up not having one of these.

Steamed dumplings with prawns and leaf amaranth (鮮蝦莧菜餃) - these were really good.  Don't usually see amaranth in dumplings so this is pretty nice.

Crispy pork belly (脆皮燒腩仔) - fatty pork belly with crispy crackling on top? 'nuff said...

Pork siu mai with tripe (豬肚蒸燒賣) - very traditional siu mai without the skin, and a nice big piece of tripe on top.  Unfortunately I didn't have any...

Fried pomfret (沙律煙鯧魚) - I normally have the whole giant pomfret for dinner, so it's interesting to see this offered as a little dish during lunch.  Not up to the level of the big pieces at dinner, but still pretty nice.

Fried spring rolls (雞絲蝦春卷) - very nicely done, as usual.

Steamed rice flour rolls with radish spring rolls (蘿蔔絲春卷腸) - this was interesting.  You had fried spring rolls with radish filling wrapped inside a thin layer of rice flour skin.  Pretty yummy but should eat it as soon as it's on the table.

Steamed traditional brown sugar sponge cake (杬仁馬粒糕) - they brought this out way too early, and it was only lukewarm by the time we got to it.  But it's still good.

Steamed buns with lotus paste and salty egg yolk (蛋黃蓮蓉包) - yummy as usual, even if they're kinda cold.  Love that sweet and savory combination.

Pretty good dim sum.  Hopefully my guests enjoyed it as much as I did.  Service, though, was a little wanting.  All the dishes arrived very quickly, and the sweets arrived midway through lunch...


Anonymous said...

Does Fook Lam Moon have an English menu? What are the prices like?

Thanks :)

Peech said...

Am pretty sure they do have an English menu...any respectable Michelin-starred restaurant would.

In terms of pricing...dim sum would probably run you HKD 200-300/head if you order sensibly.


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