Dim sum on top of the world (in Hong Kong)

On this trip to Hong Kong, I found myself much more interested in rustic Chinese eateries rather than visiting the more modern and hyped up restaurants.

Looking for a unique dining experience, we travelled to Hong Kong’s tallest mountain: Tai mo Shan – not for hiking, but for dim sum.
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Choi Lung Restaurant is located at the mountain’s mid-levels providing a resting sanctuary and fuel-up for hikers before they continue their ascent up the steep slopes.  The restaurant is very old-school.
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You go up to a counter and essentially serve everything yourself.
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Down to the pots of tea. Selection of tea leaves
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Rinsing the tea pot And the cutlery
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Selection of goods to choose from- you pick and point
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Hmm rows and stacks of fresh dim sum waiting to be devoured!
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Freshly made Cheung Fun on the spot!
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Excited by the novelty and experience at the restaurant, we definitely over ordered. Cheung Fun with soya sauce – fresh but the cheung fun lacked elasticity and a firm texture
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My staple Chiu Chow dumpling- not very good since the skin was not chewy and skin not as transluscent
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Siu Mai
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Beef Ball
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Pan Fried Aubergine with Fish paste
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Steamed rice with chicken feet and ribs.
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Cow tripe – as I said everything was fresh.  See all that steam coming out!
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Ma Lai Gao – this was really yummy- the brown sugar used really made the cake flavours stand out.
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Sesame roll- As a child, I always used to call these film- rolls.   The most fun way to have them is unravelling the roll and eating them like a fruit roll up.
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Since you are dining in the mountains, FAR from any supermarkets, the vegetables are literally picked straight from a neighbours garden that day.  Hence a plate of veges was a must order. Fresh vegetables are much sweeter in taste and have a crisper texture.  I couldn’t stop munching away on this!
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After the extremely filling dim sum meal we took a stroll around the area. Since we were up near the peak, the air was extremely refreshing in contrast to the city polluted air I consume day to day living in Hong Kong, and London. To our surprise, we encountered a small group of goats snuggling up beside a black car! (making us laugh at the thought whether goats have mistaken the car for a big mama goat…)
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I recommend for anyone visiting Hong Kong to try this novel dim sum experience. Although Choi Lung isn’t the easiest place to reach (apparently you have to take a bus from Tsuen Wan or the other option is to hike) its definitely worth the trek for the amazing views,

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Dim sum on top of the world (in Hong Kong)

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