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“Central HK Dim Sum ”

Lin Heung Tea House
Ranked #404 of 10,368 Restaurants in Hong Kong
Price range: $10 - $15
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Neighborhood: Sheung Wan
Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

If you want to experience Hong Kong and Dim Sum as you would 50 plus-ooooops make that 80 years ago!!
Buzzy, busy, crowded and a favorite of a HK friend. Chase a cart, rub elbows with Strangers-good times.
Food is good-very good but the experience is more about stepping into another time.

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Reviewed January 30, 2014 via mobile

It's a great place to experience the "Old Hong Kong" even though finding a place to sit can be tricky.
The good thing is that usually you end up sitting with complete strangers so I got the chance to interact and learn from them what to do (like washing the cup before drinking the tea).
To be honest the food was not the best I've ever tried but it was good enough.
I would come back for sure for the atmosphere alone

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Reviewed January 13, 2014

Love the food! Love the environment! Hardens back to former Hong Kong that is no gone! We also visit the other Lin heung in Sheung Wan! The four floor restaurant that seems to be always full! Met the owner too! Apparently they only cook a certain amount of food and when they run out of that then they are out! They do not serve frozen meat, everything is cooked that day!! I love their dim sum .... Of particular the beef ball!! It had a certain something that I couldn't put my hand on ... But it made the taste liven up and be more of a kick! The char siu or BBQ pork is brilliant!!! You have to come and experience old Hong Kong today,

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Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

If you want to experience the chaos of Hong Kong under one roof, this is were you will find it. Everyone is friendly so if you dont understand cantonese dont feel bad about asking staff or fellow diners for help. An incredible experience. Not the best Dim Sum in town but definitely the most exciting. A must do for every traveller and self confessed foodie.

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Reviewed December 27, 2013

Do we have a rating worst that terrible, Lin Heung Tea House can use it.

It is not a restaurant, it is a safety hazard

Chinese invented Dim Sum, so we can enjoy it, but not at Lin Heung. It is a war zone.

You enter the war zone and your first fight is to get a seat, not a table, forget having a table to yourself, in most case, if you are lucky, you can share one with others. There is no staff to help you for that, you have to observe, guess who is finishing and ready to leave and stand at a strategy place to make sure you get the chair.

Once you get the seat, now look at the table, it is all the left over from the previous customers, dirty cups and greasy steamers, chicken bones all over the place and the floor, soya source and water spilled all over. Your next fight is to get the attention of the servers to sort of remove the skeletons from the last customer and get you the utensils and a cup of tea.

Watch it, the server will come with your tea cup and a big hot kettle, and start pouring hot water into your tea cup. Just hope your health insurance is in good standing. But wait, the serve may be experience in handling the big hot kettle and the pouring, wait until the guy that seat next to you got impatient about having the server to refill his tea cup and go pick up the big hot kettle and do the pouring himself.

Now fight for your food, or so they call dim sum. there is only one station there, which is a short distance from the kitchen. You don't need to ask for the location, just look at the crowd waiting. Here comes the cart with dim sum on it, now fight and grab the one you want, with a big crowd, just grab one, because most likely you can't see what you grab with the crowd.

You are so happy that you grab a steamer of whatever it is, now you have to fight the crowd to get back to your seat, if it is not taken by others yet. Watch out, the floor is wet and greasy, and look out for the hot burners with big hot kettles on them. If you kick one of those or unfortunately got push to one, good luck with your foot.

So you get back to your seat and it is still there for you, you can start enjoying your victory item, or do you. There should already a big crowd breathing down on you, encouraging you to swallow whatever you grab fast and get out of there, so they can have your seat.

If your friends suggested you to go for the old Chinese chaotic experience, you should go, but may I suggest that treasure your life, go there, stand on the sideline and have fun enjoying the experience by watching the chaotic show performing by others.

If you want some good dim sum, then try Tim Ho Wan, one of the Michelin restaurants, (getting lower grading recently). Tim Ho Wan also prepare the dim sum themselves just like Lin Heung. It is also crowded, but at least they have a better control, allowing you to enjoy your dim sum in a safe environment.

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