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Ming Yuen Restaurant, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Mongkok is not somewhere I go very often, in fact I hardly ever go to the other island, not because I don’t like it or I don’t want too – I guess everything is on the Hong Kong island that I don’t really ‘need’ to go to Kowloon. My Mum wanted to have a look at the ladies market as it has been a while since we last went. The ladies market hasn’t changed, it was still as busy as ever and you can buy anything and everything there! I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, it was just one of those days that I wanted to accompany my Mum.

I wasn’t prepared where to go – didn’t do much research, thought maybe they wanted to do dim sum but think they are a little over it. Can you believe that I have only done dim sum once in the 4 months I have been here? Crazy right? Thought I would have gone more.

As we were looking for places to eat – Japanese, Korean, Western – none that really tickled our fancy, we stumbled across Ming Yuen, which can be located on Soy Street in Mongkok. It was the beef brisket display that attracted my Dad as he has been craving beef brisket! Parents couldn’t resist the beef brisket with vermicelli noodles – tender beef brisket, soup was light and not too oily and noodles were soft just the way they liked it.

I wasn’t overly hungry, so we thought we would share a plate of just beef brisket and oh my – what a large serving! It was incredibly tender and delicious. Is it as good as Sister Wah and Ngau Kee? No, but the serving was definitely more generous.

We also got a serve of offal, liver and what not – I know this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we certainly enjoy it and couldn’t get enough of it!

Service minimal, the restaurant as busy, even at 2pm! Food came relatively quickly and so was the turnover, so don’t be put off by the long lines. Great find, price was reasonable, I can’t remember how much on top of my head, but noodle soup was around HKD40, the beef brisket on its own was slightly pricier – HKD70ish.

Deliciously full, we walked some more and I bought myself a new pair of runners and some dress for work! A fruitful day of shopping and eating (we ate a hell lot of stinky tofu which was fantastic!)

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Ming Yuen Restaurant Ming Court Noodle Restaurant

G / F, 50 Soy Strett

Mongkok, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2770 0281

Dim sum @ Tim Ho Wan

This place requires no introduction. It has been in the press all over the world, and has been blogged by many food bloggers all around the world! My colleagues, friends and family in Sydney and Indonesia have asked many many times whether or not I have been. This was on MG’s list of places to eat in Hong Kong and I was more than happy to accompany him. I was a little surprised when Hubby said he wanted to come – he is not the type to wait and queue.

I warned MG about the queue and that there is a possibility that we may have to wait for minimum of an hour. We rocked up at about 2pm and the line didn’t seem long, probably a dozen people waiting outside, but considering how small the restaurant is, i.e. a max of 20 people, 12 people is actually a lot! We waited for a good 40 minutes before finally seated and boy were we hungry!

The man behind this famous restaurant is Mak Pui Gor, former dim sum master at Lung King Heen, a 3 starred restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong. When opening this restaurant, he decided not to increase prices of the dim sum, making it one of the cheapest dim sum in the world!

All the dim sums are made to order, and whilst waiting, you are given a menu in which you can place your order. So once seated, all you have to do is just wait for the delicious dim sum to arrive.

We started off with the bbq pork cheung fan, and ohhh my… the rice noodles were so soft and silky, and fresh! It was incredible, and the bbq pork was fantastic! It was indeed a great way to start this feast!

Next the har gow, prawn dumplings – they were huge and juicy. The skin was thin and not chewy at all. Four perfectly shaped prawn dumplings were simply not enough for 3 hungry eaters! We should definitely have ordered more, but wanted to try the other dishes.

Teochew fun gou, vegetables dumplings which consists of chopped peanuts, garlic chives, pork, dried shrimp, radish and shiitake mushrooms. I absolutely love these dumplings, a combination of crunchy and chewy mixed together. The skin is slightly thicker and sweeter. It was outstanding. The boys didn’t seem to enjoy this as much as I do, I could have easily eaten their share if I knew they wouldn’t enjoy it!

Next the siu may – prawn and beef dumpling – these were incredible! They were huge (bigger than anywhere I have seen), juicy and succulent. It was definitely one of the best siu may I have ever had.

The steamed pork ribs in black bean and chili sauce was so so. The pork was succulent, however, I have definitely tasted better.

Their specialty, crispy char siu bao which is a cross between bbq pork bun and pineapple bun. Three words – OH MY GAWD! It was to die for! The bun – soft and fluffy, the inside – juicy and tender char siu, topped with a crunchy glaze. It was just incredible. Each bite was just heavenly – I wanted more and more and more…..

I could definitely have eaten a dozen of these on my own!

No we didn’t stop there – there’s MORE! Lo bak go – turnip cake – Hubby’s favourite. This was fantastic, you can actually taste actual turnip. The texture was smooth and tasty.

The deep fried glutinous rice dumplings were amazing! Served warm, it was crispy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside.

It was a mixture of sweet and salty, one of the best glutinous rice dumplings I have ever tasted. It was absolutely scrumptious.

Last but not least, the steamed beef balls, a favourite of mine and Hubbys. The meat was succulent and juicy, there is a hint of Worcestershire sauce which complemented the meat well. Hubby thoroughly enjoyed this and could have eaten half a dozen on his own!

MG, Hubby and I were stuffed! We thought about dessert but could not fit anything else in. We thoroughly enjoyed the dim sum here at Tim Ho Wan. It was one of the cheapest dim sum I have ever had! All that food for no more than HK$130 (which is about AU$20) – now that’s a bargain!

The restaurant is not big, the interior is pleasant and the staff quite laid back. If it wasn’t for the queue I would go back again, but waiting for 40mins is probably my limit, any more and Hubby and I would probably have left! I personally would not wait for more than 1 hour, it was fantastic and extremely cheap but I’m just not the type to line up for food! This was an exception and a good one I might add! So, for those who haven’t been… would you wait for over an hour for food? Even if it’s the cheapest dim sum in the world?

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Shop 8, Taui Yuen Mansion Phase 2,

2-20 Kwong Wa Street,

Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2332 2896