Sometimes it’s necessary to unleash the inner child trapped within you, and Yum Cha allows you to do just that with their playful twist on traditional Chinese cuisine. Turning traditional dishes into the downright unusual, you’ll find hot custard buns in the form of vomiting faces; sausage buns in the shape of the cutest little sausage dogs; BBQ pork buns with adorable pig faces; and pineapple puffs served as birds in a cage; all handmade in the restaurant which can be seen through the open kitchen. Even the more traditional dishes, such as spring rolls (a little oily) and salads, are presented in a unique way. Not only is their food fun, but the ingredients used are good for you, too, with the use of fresh, seasonal ingredients and no added MSG.
Dishes at Ming Court are traditional, but there are other added elements that make it an exceptional experience. In terms of savory food, the honeyed and barbecued supreme pork loin is a must-try, as it’s juicy beyond belief. For dessert, opt for ‘sweet wonderland’, a magical collection of bite-sized delicacies served on a box of dried ice for dramatic effect (or, you know, Instagram). Comprised of a black sesame pudding, wolfberry curd, honeyed bird’s nest (yes, swallow saliva) with mango pudding, and a chilled cheese tart; these are light dishes that won’t overpower the palate. We promise that the bird’s nest is a lot tastier than it sounds too!
The Drunken Pot
Having re-imagined their dim sum, The Drunken Pot offer diners a different take for the contemporary audience always looking for Insta-worthy food. Their bi-color Xiao Long Bao dumplings may look a little scary because of the pure vibrancy in color, but each one is bursting with a different flavor: black truffle, crab meat and roe, squid ink, medicinal herbs and lobster. There are even some colorful fish balls available if dumplings don’t quite tickle your fancy, but you still want that super-trendy dish. Their hot pot is also to die for, with some extra strength added with a sake bomb to the soup base, but we’ll save that for the winter months.
Simplicity is key for Zen, and this translates to their dim sum too. However, they still manage to intrigue diners with refreshing modern takes on the traditional dishes in both taste and presentation. For those who are into the taro craze, Zen offers a wonderful taro puff that is now too strong in flavor. They also serve vegetarian dumplings, consisting of a brilliant crunchy texture, though a little lacking in flavor; snowy mountain BBQ pork buns that have a surprisingly sugary topping; whole abalone chicken pie served in its own mini pan; and a traditional spring roll cheung fun which you can douse in as little or as much soy sauce as you like.
Above & Beyond
Above & Beyond focuses solely on serving traditional Chinese cuisine at a high standard from their extensive menu, which includes dishes like spring rolls, cheung fun, siu mai and a range of Chinese desserts, all beautifully presented. However, many of their dishes include some unique ingredients such as black truffle, crab meat, and more. These added ingredients provide a wonderfully refreshing taste to otherwise well-known dishes. The best part? You can take in the overwhelming panoramic view of Tsim Sha Tsui from the large open windows that span the 28th floor.