OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWould you go to New York and skip out on pizza? Never. Personally, I believe the same comparison applies here… When in Hong Kong, you must dim sum – and den sum. Sorry, I had to. Dim sum is a type of Chinese food that consists of a variety of light dishes accompanied by tea. In fact, the whole experience is called yum cha, which translates to drink tea in Cantonese. These ‘light dishes’ are prepared in bite-sized or individual portions, traditionally served in steamer baskets or on small plates. If you know me, you know that dim sum is one of my faaaaavorite lunch slash brunch pastimes.

Hong Kong is obviously not short of scrumptious dumplings, so J and I like to try new spots whenever we can. We tend to frequent IFC and know of some places, but apparently we still haven’t covered it all… At 11:30am, our dim sum clocks were ticking and we     discovered Lei Garden on the 3rd floor. We hadn’t heard about the restaurant, so I looked it up and read that it’s Michelin-starred and a haunt for celebrity families. Wut?! The ambiance inside was unpretentious yet still composed, though I don’t think we chanced on any local superstar sightings; good thing we came for food and not photo ops. J and I have our usual dim sum hits, some of which we merrily saw on the menu – steamed shrimp dumplings, pan-fried turnip cake, steamed vegetable dumplings, and fried bean curd filled with mushrooms. A new one for us was the pickled garlic cucumber. Oh, and I cannot forget our Chinese food regulars – green vegetables and fried rice that only they (the Chinese) can manage to cook with that trademark taste. No dessert, so I’m leaving you with some sweet trivia instead… Lei Garden is the birthplace of one of my family’s favourite condiments, XO sauce. Yup, they created it! Xie xie, xie xie.