HK Stopover: Yum Cha at Luk Yu

I had a few hours to kill during my layover in Hong Kong Airport to LAX. After running an errand for my mom, I decided to do the the next best thing in HK aside from shop.
Traditional Yum Cha at one of Hong Kong's Top 10 Best Restaurants!
To "Yum Cha" is to go to a teahouse for some dim sum.
Where else but Luk Yu Tea House in Central Hong Kong
Luk Yu is famous for its dim sum, and is also noted for the original Art Deco interiors since it first opened in 1933, with colonial tables & chairs with marble inlay, spittoon, stained glass windows, half-vase on the walls and a lot of wood to warm the room.
Even the cashier feels like a historical apothecary, with the cashier man hiding from ToT's camera.
 I decided to try sitting on the wooden booths, which is oh so 40s, to understand why Luk Yu is the go-to place for local celebs as well as business people in the Central District, as it is "the most famous dim sum teahouse remaining in Hong Kong" by The New York Times.
The wooden booth is definitely the place to stay, especially if you're dining for one, because you can make random discussions with your reflection from the mirror across you.
Tea is one of Luk Yu's specialties, and you can get special types of Chinese teas such as bo lai (fermented black tea), jasmine, lung chung (green tea), and siu sin (daffodil tea). There is also an extensive menu, but you can request for the Chinese version if you are not well-versed in the language. Too bad there was no Xiao Long Bao on the menu :(
 ToT's order arrives, and I SWEAR ON MY LIFE... I did not ask for the picture. I think the waiter knew what I was up to, and even gave me two looks, with and without shades.
 Attempting to capture the steam
Luk Yu is most famous for its dim sum as well as their Cantonese menu. Delicate and made to order, the plates come from the kitchen; there are no carts coming out for you to grab from
 Mashed Fish & Taro Cake aka Radish Cake
3 small, lightly fried cakes on a plate. The fish was very present and separated by flakes, unlike cheap versions which feel very starchy. 
It tasted a lot like the Fu Shing radish cake, but wished the outside was crisped up a bit more, as it was a bit soggy. Nonetheless, it was perfect in its own right.
 Crabmeat & Scallion Dumpling
The crabmeat tasted fresh and was lightly seasoned. The dumpling wrapper was gummy and very viscose, and tasted freshly wrapped.
Perfect for two little bites, there was more crab than scallion, just the way I like it!
 Fresh Shrimp Dumplings
Let me tell you, this Har Gau wasn't mind-blowing, but it was unique because I could really taste the "freshness" of the shrimp, which lent a nice oceanic saltiness in the entire dumpling. It was seasoned so well, I didn't need to put soy-sauce on it, because the flavor the the sea truly came out. Add to that the wonderfully chewy/gummy texture of the dumpling wrapper, and I might admit it's a pretty sublime dumpling experience.
 The encompassing component of the Yum Cha, is the soy sauce with an accompaniment of Chinese mustard and chili sauce. The chili sauce enhanced the flavor of all the small plates without overpowering it with heat. No need for calamansi.
 I looked around, and there were young ones, seniors, and foreigners alike dining in this gem of a Tea House
 The friendly servers posing with ToT (I swear, they didn't hesitate!). Plural because the camera-man was more game than this dude.
But the ham of them all was this pleasant waiter, giving me the peace sign as I left the Tea House. It felt like dining in a piece of history, and I'm glad I tried it.
Find Luk Yu Tea House
24-26 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong
From Central Station MRT, 
Exit D1, Right on Pedder St.
Right on Queen's Road Central, 
Left on D'Aguilar (where Coach store is)
Right on Stanley St. Luk Yu is on the left
+852 2523 5464


  1. At first, i was wondering how you got the photo, and yea im suuuuure he "knew" what you were up to. Haha!

    Sayang they didnt have xiao long bao, would have wanted you to rate it versus the one we always have at Eat Well.

    Good looking resto, but the mirror on the chairs could be a little distracting. But at least youd know if you got something stuck on your teeth.

    Cant wait for your upcoming blogs about your LA adventure

  2. You must try Lin Heung Tea House next time (in case you haven't yet). If I remember correctly, this is the oldest yum cha restaurant in HK, full of locals. It's always so chaotic (think trading floor of NYSE), but that's part of the charm I guess. Don't expect friendly servers though, they won't even mind you (gotta fight your way for attention).


    Can i be kapal and ask for you to bring home some Vosges chocolate bars from LA (if you have time & space)? Will pay of course :)

  3. one of the most authentic tea houses in HK... next time you go to HK there is this quaint little restaurant down at central a street up after Wellington where Luk Yu is located. Look for Zhong Guo Song one of the best honest chinese food ever homey and just perfect.


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