Once again, my fabulous friends back home have hooked me up with some locals… or at least ‘temporary locals’ here in Hong Kong. Marc & Jenny moved here just 6 months ago to run Marc’s family’s toy company, Jaru. It was nice to be in a non-tourist setting even if it was in a big office building. I hadn’t really met anyone here in Hong Kong yet, so it was nice to just relax and chat awhile. We went out for a big traditional Chinese Dim Sum lunch at the East China Seafood Restaurant in Tsim Saa Tsui East.
Dim Sum literally translates to “touch the heart.” But with all this food I think it hit a little lower—and is more like “fill the stomach.” Dim sum are mostly small appetizer-sized portions of various different dumplings and other tasty morsels steamed in bamboo baskets.
It’s definitely a communal meal in which everyone gets to try everything. One of Marc’s Chinese co-workers came along and did all the ordering for us–so we knew it would be good. This was so much fun. In the middle of the table was a lazy susan where the waiters continued to make room for more and more savory dishes:
- Fried Rice
- Noodles with Shrimp
- Barbecued Pork
- Chinese Green Leafy Veg
- Pork Buns
- Vegetables with Garlic and Beef
- and many more I can’t remember!
According to my Lonely Planet Guide, the people here consume more protein per capita than any other group in the world.
It was really fun to find out how expats liked Hong Kong. Apparently, there are a ton of Americans and others foreigners here mostly living in the area called the Mid-levels (just at the top of that crazy outdoor escalator). Their kids even attend Jewish day schools.
Oh, and just so you know… there are never fortune cookies given out at the end of the meal—that is strictly a Western invention.