We're going back to Hong Kong! This year's travel plans had been up in the air until a few weeks ago: It's a bit of a crazy plan, but I can't wait! We'll be flying to HK in June to meet up with my parents, then hopping over to Eastern Europe for a 10-day tour, then back to HK for a few days. Then it's over to Chiang Mai, Thailand (a place I've been dying to go to for some time) and then back to HK and back to Vancouver. Whew! Crazy, huh?
Anyway, all this impending travel got me thinking of all the wonderful trips to HK and elsewhere in Asia we've taken over the past few years, but haven't written about. So, time to start! When we were in HK last Feburary, my dad took us for dim sum at Kowloon Tang. I have an obsession with Shanghai Tang, founded by businessman David Tang, and Kowloon Tang is his foray into the restaurant biz. As you can see, it's got the same beautiful Chinese aesthetic that's signature Shanghai Tang.
crispy noodles, yum!
The decor is totally reminiscent of an older, bygone era. It's what I imagine old, colonial Hong Kong or 1930s Shanghai might look like (at least for the upper classes). The cuisine is Cantonese and while the food was good and tasted really clean (dim sum can be a bit greasy sometimes) really, you're coming here for the total package.
Soft pineapple buns (left) and almond "tea" for dessert. So good!
Lunch for four people came to a little more than HK$1,000, roughly $130-140 CDN (ouch!). It's definitely pricey for dim sum, but for a special treat, it's worth the experience.
Getting there: Kowloon Tang is located on the roof deck of Elements mall in Tsim Sha Tsui, accessible by MTR. (Shop R002-003, 3/F Roof Deck, Elements, Kowloon Station, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui.) It also has a sister restaurant Island Tang in Central, which my dad noted is larger and feels more luxe, but is also the kind of place that definitely caters to the upper echelons of society (think tai tais and power meetings among business men/women), which I don't know about you, would make me feel a little out of my zone.