Yet another one of our neighbourhood favourites will soon fall foul to our city's thirst for redevelopment as one of Hong Kong's oldest and most famous restaurants, the Lin Heung Tea House in Central, has announced that it will be closing its doors by the end of February, after its landlord failed to renew the lease. Another one bites the dust. Sigh.
Originally founded in 1889 in Guangzhou, Lin Heung Tea House moved to Hong Kong in 1926 and has been a fixture in our city ever since, cherished by both locals and tourists alike. This famous institution is known for its frenetic and nostalgic atmosphere, where customers sit elbow to elbow at tables shared with strangers as bamboo baskets filled with piping hot dim sum are rolled out on old school trolleys. Bird cages decorate the wall, ceiling fans whir above your head, and traditional Chinese numerals are still used to mark the prices on the menu.
Lin Heung's best dishes include Char Siu Bao
(barbeque pork bun), Ma Lai Go
(Cantonese sponge cake), Pork Liver Siu Mai
, and its signature Eight-treasure Duck
(marinated duck stuffed with eight different ingredients, including lotus seeds, peanuts, and Chinese sausage). Although the Central branch will soon become history, you can still go to its sister shop of the same English name in Tsuen Wan for a taste of nostalgia.
Lin Heung Tea House (蓮香樓), 160-164 Wellington Street, Central, (+852) 2544 4556
Lin Heung Tea House (蓮香棧), Shop P9-9A, L1/F, Luk Yeung Galleria, 22-66 Wai Tsuen Road, Tsuen Wan, (+852) 2498 6330
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