I just want to introduce you all to a little food stall by the name of Boo Dim Lui Lee, that serves amazing dim sum.
This refers to a style of Cantonese food that is prepared as small bite-sized or individual portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on small plates.
If you’ve never tried dim sum before, I urge you to.
Even if you’re not in Hong Kong, there are some great traditional Chinese restaurants in the UK that serve them, albeit a tad pricier! The Londoner has a pretty good recommendation 😉
Although dim sum is traditionally served in restaurants, the availability of them as a quick snack on a food stall is awesome.
My personal favourite are the siu mai, which are pork and mushroom dumplings surrounded by a thin sheet of lye water dough.
These ones were also filled with juicy prawns, tasting flavourful and fresh!
I like them with a dash of chili oil.
Though be quick and precise when you’re ordering; these women are very efficient and will have your order ready to go before you’ve even got your change out!
We also tried their turnip/radish cake (lo baak gou), which is pictured on the left. These are usually cut into square slices and sometimes pan-fried before serving. This produces a thin crunchy layer on the outside, leaving the inside soft and moist. They’re also a popular dish during Chinese New Year; I had some amazing ones with my auntie, filled with dried shrimps and Chinese sausage. Unfortunately the ones that we received from this food stall were a little disappointing as they were a bit flavourless and the texture was a bit mushy.
Ryan’s favourite is the barbecue pork bun (char siu bau), which is pictured on the right. He just can’t get enough of the meaty filling and soft bun. At $5, I can’t blame him!
In the bottom centre is a Bakudan Yaki from the stall next door. The name literally translates to ‘grilled or fire bomb!’ They are so big that they essentially constitute a meal in themselves; freshly cooked and filled with ingredients such as shrimp, sweetcorn, onions, cabbage and ham etc.
Finally, another favourite of ours’ is the Ham Sui Kok.
These tend to be filled with a slight variation of the same combination everywhere you go, but I think these contained chicken, potato, carrot, spring onion and onion in a delicious savoury sauce. However the most impressive thing about this dim sum is the pastry, which is light and crispy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside with a slightly sweet flavour, yum! 😀
If you fancy a quick snack of cheap and delicious dim sum on the go, this is the place for you.
Also they have amazing clearance deals at the end of the day (around 7pm)!
There’s quite a few dotted all over Hong Kong, so go check them out 😉