Sunday, January 3, 2021

Morning Hotel Dim-Sum

When lunch became the "new dinner" and the most important meal of the day, I guess breakfast is now the "new lunch". One Harbour Road at Grand Hyatt is one of those restaurants now with an extended opening hour from early morning on, so we dropped by one weekend for a leisurely breakfast.

We came here only a few months ago and enjoyed our dinner there, and we were glad to come back here again, this time for the dim-sum dishes that they normally served during daytime only. We also got to enjoy a bit of the harbor view from our table by the window with the clear and sunny sky outside. 

Their new weekend breakfast offered tremendous value for early risers – one could choose between 6, 8 or 10 courses of dim-sum items available from their menu which normally only offered on a la carte basis. We started with the most classic ones of any dim-sum repertoire – har-gow (prawn dumplings) and siu-mai (pork dumplings) of course. Both were steamed and served on the bamboo basket. Har-gow was the one I prefer this time, served steamy hot with the plump prawn wrapped with the thin and clear “skin”. 

The beef meatballs was another classic dish, and they were served in somewhat smaller portion than the usual ones, but I like the soft but bouncy texture with bits of water chestnuts mixed in for the slight crunchiness. The charsiu cheung fun (steamed rice flour rolls with barbecued pork) were nicely done with the thin layer of rice flour noodle roll wrapped with bits of barbecued pork (char siu) plus preserved vegetables (mui choi) as a twist to the traditional version. 

It’s been a long while since I last had the Dalong-style deep-fried milk custard (大良炸鮮奶) and I really enjoyed this with a puffy batter and the soft, creamy custard filling. Was surprised they serve this sweet dish not at the end but in the middle of the meal, but I didn’t really mind much. I also like the mushroom and chicken puff pastry dish with the buttery shell and hot and creamy filling. 

We finished with a vegetable dish (stir-fried string beans with minced pork) and a bowl of rice noodles (braised with pork and preserved vegetables) – both served in mini-version well suited for two people. At first we were worried that we might not be able to finish all 8 courses but turned out it’s just right. Dim-sum is one thing we ate much less often since the start of the pandemic so we were happy to catch up on that front with this amazing morning meal in such relaxing space.

When? December 19 2020
Where? One Harbour Road at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Menu Highlights? All the signature dim-sum dishes

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