Luk Yu Tea House, Central
Luk Yu is one of the oldest and most famous traditional teahouse in Hong Kong. It has been operating since 1933, and gives you a sense of what the old days are really like. The restaurant has black ceiling fans, quaint wooden booths, stained-glass murals, marble tabletops and framed scrolls on white walls. Dim Sum is served between 7am and 5.30pm, they have English menus for those like me who can’t read Chinese (although I am re-learning!).
We were here for brunch one Saturday morning. We made reservations but the place was relatively empty. We were seated on the top floor – from memory there were three floors and it took us a good 20 minutes to decide what we wanted. I wanted everything but obviously we all know my stomach is bigger than my eyes!
We started with the biggest chicken bau I have ever ordered at dim sum. The inside I thought was mediocre but the bau was definitely soft and fluffy.
The flaky bbq pork biscuit was probably my favourite. The biscuit was deliciously crumbly and I love the minced pork inside. Probably could have eaten one or two on my own but wanted to try other dishes.
The vegetables spring rolls were ok I thought – nothing special, a tad on the oily side.
Ordered a serve of chicken and ginger soup for Dragon as she absolutely loves chicken. The ginger was on the mild side which was good but the chicken was tender.
‘The Mother’ and M wanted some noodles – again I thought it was good but nothing special.
The gigantic beef balls and tofu skin I absolutely loved! The beef balls were tender and eaten hot with chili is absolutely delicious.
The vegetarian dumplings were good, I love the pastry skin, it wasn’t thick.
The pork ribs with black bean sauce was tasty, pork tender and black bean sauce not over powering which was good.
For dessert, we couldn’t go past the egg tarts, the pastry was flaky that it just melted in your mouth! I have to admit though, it wasn’t the best I have eaten, I still prefer the egg tarts in Hong Kong is still from Tai Cheong Bakery, which is just up the road from Luk Yu Tea House.
We also got a serve of the custard bun – it was alright, thought the custard was on the sweet side.
Overall, I thought Luk Yu was ok, definitely above average but I have definitely had better dim sum in Sydney or elsewhere, like Man Wah in Hong Kong or Metropol in Admiralty or Jasmine Place in Central. Service was a bit of a hit and miss.
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
Luk Yu Tea House
G/F-3/F, 24 Stanley Street
Central, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2523 5464