I just got back from Hong Kong, where I visited my good friend Kimwa. A fellow travel writer & photographer, Kimwa and I met in Loei, where we photographed beautiful Chiang Khan.
Kimwa is not only an amazing photographer ( and one of the kindest people I know), he knows practically everything about Hong Kong. Or at least, it seemed that way when he gave me a tour of the bustling island.
One of the highlights of my trip was having dim sum at Tao Li. Located in the beautifully designed New Millenium Hotel, Tao Li has an array of delectable dim sum and tea to choose from.
We started by ordering a pot of oolong, and then the lovely staff at The Millenium chose a selection of their favorite dim sum, roast pork, and congee ( which I love) for us to try.
The shrimp shumai were insanely good, and bursting with flavour. The deep friend bean curd skin filled with shrimp & scallops was equally as good, and may in fact have been my favorite dum sum we sampled. But it was the crab meat dumpling in broth that stole my heart ( maybe literally). I haven’t had the chance to try soupy dim sum before, and my Mom raves about how good the ones she had in Shanghai are, so I finally get to say I tried it. If you’ve never had this kind of dim sum, it’s basically a larger dumpling that’s in a clear soup. Harder to eat that other dim sum ( due to its size), you can use your spoon or chopsticks to break it apart.
Kimwa recommended we try the somewhat hard-to-find beef dim sum. Apparently it takes more time to make as it’s been tenderized and has its own specially-made wrapper, so fewer places make it nowadays. Although I’m not normally a fan of beef ( seafood lover here), I really enjoyed it.
The BBQ black pork with osmanthus honey was something special. The sweet taste made the perfect contrast to the rest of our meal.
We finished the meal with a warm steamed date pudding and chilled jelly with osmanthus and pineapple.
After our meal, we headed for coffee in The Lounge, which serves an array of drinks and a light menu. My friends ordered the Taiwanese green tea and I got an iced cappuccino. And because we’re gluttons, we just had to order a raspberry panna cotta, tiramisu, and green tea cake. #whynot
When I return to Hong Kong in a month or so, I plan on staying at the New Millenium and will make sure to review the hotel in depth then. But for now, all I can say is that both Tao Li and The Lounge had superb food, and a beautiful ambiance. The staff were all extremely friendly and helpful, as was the head chef, who kindly came out and said hello when we finished our meal.
All you can eat dim sum at Tao Li is 568HKD for two people, and well worth the price. You’ll leave full but should still try and leave room for the raspberry panna cotta downstairs…