My brother and I really enjoy meeting up with our godparents who live in Hong Kong when we get the chance to visit. We all live in different places so I don’t think there’s a better way than to reconnect in Hong Kong over food, specifically yam cha (飲茶)!
We were invited to Loong Toh Yuen at the Hullett House to try the dim sum (點心) and I’m pretty sure that we chatted it up so much that we had to leave so they could prepare for dinner. That’s what happens when you don’t get to see each other often. Heh.
We had 2 kinds of cheung fan (腸粉/rice rolls), ha cheung (蝦腸/rice rolls with shrimp) and XO cheung fan. I’m not a super fan of XO cheung fan because I find the taste too strong so I gave my share to big brother. However, I really love ha cheung so I don’t think I fail that bad for dim sum. We also had ha gao (蝦餃/shrimp dumplings) but everyone took them before I had the chance to take a photo. Someone’s popular hmm? :]
We also had the usual wu gok (芋角/taro puff), my ultimate fave, siu mai (燒賣), lou ba gou (蘿蔔糕/turnip cake), and a giant bao filled with mashed pork and spices. Yum! I have to say the lo ba gou was superb! The outside was crispy but not too hard and the inside was mushy just the way I liked it. We should’ve gotten more hehehe :3
Probably the most unique thing about Loong Toh Yuen is the array of desserts they offer. They really put a twist on traditional Cantonese desserts and it was wonderful! We had a different version of mango pudding, red bean pudding, an almond crème brûlée, and a chocolate lava cake. It was good that there was a lot of us since we got to order 4 different desserts and try everything without getting too full. All part of the master plan to somehow not gain weight!
I was in for a surprise when Ninong (godfather) Francis wanted to bring me to check out the hotel’s new whiskey bar, Whisky Stables 馬堡閣. Apparently I exude that I really like whiskey or alcohol for that matter. I don’t drink THAT much, swear to sweet baby Jesus. My mom also told them that I like whiskey 😛 I vaguely remember that place being a regular bar with a bunch of wine on the racks about 2 years ago. Highlight: I met Mr. Kingson Kok, the first certified whiskey ambassador in Hong Kong! Starstruck moments ensued and he let us try a Swedish whiskey, Mackmyra Destilleri’s Reserve straight from the barrel! It was seriously the smoothest drink I’ve ever had.
I had the best time hanging out with my godparents and their friends because we usually just talk about anything and everything! Looking forward to meeting up again soon!
*Forgive my butchering of the Chinese spelling ><;;
隆濤院 Loong Toh Yuen
G/F Hullett House, 1881 Heritage
2A Canton Rd
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
+852 3988 0107
Monday to Friday 1200H – 1530H; 1800H – 2330H
Saturday to Sunday 1100H – 1600H; 1800H – 2330H