Thursday, September 09, 2010

Hong Kong-Lock Cha Tea House

My sister is a good party-planner. No matter its my birthday or her friends' birthday, she just knows how to give them an unforgettable birthday. Because of this reason, my dad and I decided to give not all, but most, responsibility to design a memorable birthday for my mom.

Well, the first surprise she gave my mom was flawless. She secretly booked a restaurant for lunch without telling my mom (and me) the location. Then in a sunny Saturday afternoon, she brought us to the...Hong Kong Park. What? A Park? Yes indeed, that was exactly my reaction. We would have our lunch in a park......with a restaurant hidden inside ;)

(photo from Openrice)

(photo from LockCha)
G/F, The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2801-7177

1:Yucks! 2:Improvement needed 3:So-So~ 4:Good 5:Very good 6:Heavenly

Food: 5
Price: 3.5
Service: 4
Ambiance: 5
Overall: 5

  • Mon-Sun 10am-10pm (except every Tues of the month)
  • Dine in vegetarian dim sum
  • Local retail tea shop
  • Founded by Mr. Wing-Chi Ip, who is a tea and teapot expert
  • Teas and teawares are availble for sale
  • Suitable for all age groups
  • No MSG added
  • One of the best places in town for high-tea
  • The dim sum menu is changed once in a while, so customers can never get bored visiting.
  • Dim sums are rather small here though
  • There is a Music Tea Concert every Sunday at 4-6pm.
  • If you are interested, you can join the tea classes. (For more details, please ask the waiters or send them an email)
  • Parking available at the Pacific Place and Queensway Government Offices
The moment you stepped in the teahouse, you will see a tall and large cupboard with many small drawers. This is the "tea cupboard" where all the teas they have in store are stored. (Sorry for the blurry photo btw)

  • Each person has a set of utensils...
  • They gave us 2 kettles of boiling water for the teas.
(photo taken by my sister)
I forgot which kinds of tea we ordered. Each person can order a type of tea; teas ranging from $2x-10000+, including red, yellow, herbal/floral, white, black, green, and of course, vintage teas.
有機油菜Organic Vegetables
  • Dim sums are ranging from $2x-3x (about $3CAD+)
  • Regular choy sum; nothing to comment about.
炒烏冬Fried Vegetarian Noodles-3.5/6
  • Maybe because it's vegetarin, it did not have much flavour, except they did add quite a generous amount of cabbages and carrots in it.
  • Don't get confused! The actual bowl of noodles was actually quite small...
迷你荷葉糯米包Mini Glutinous Rice with Mushrooms
  • Each order comes with two
Can you see how hot it was! See the steam coming out from it........
  • Apparently, it was loaded with all kinds of ingredients: mainly mushroom, carrot, and corn.
  • They were "mini", really. My sister normally shares a regular glutinous rice with someone, but she could finish one this time.

龍華寺素卷Vegetarian Roll-6/6

  • A mixture of vegetables wrapped in fried beancurd

  • Fillings include celery, mushroom, carrot, and cabbage.
  • I know this was just a simple dish, or even a common appetizer you find in many Chinese restaurants. However, Lock Cha made these really good. I could not stop eating this! Luckily they ordered two of these. Haha :P
  • I always find these type of dishes oily, probably because of the fried beancurd. But the good thing is the one in Lock Cha was not as greasy as the regular ones.
百摺鍋貼Vegetarian Fried Dumplings (Wo Tip)-4.5/6
  • Each order comes with 5/6
  • Fillings are a mixture of chopped vegetables.
  • They were not overcooked, but the crust was a bit tough as I remembered.
  • A little bit bias here: Another thing I did not like is the overloaded sesame seeds they sprinkled on top :
Stuffed Mushroom with Cabbages-2/6
  • Each order comes with 3
  • There wasn't really any flavour in this dish, even though the mushrooms were already served in a bed of thick sauce.
  • The only thing I could recall was the fresh flavour of the mushroom. You know, the fresh mushroom taste you will find in salad sometimes.
  • The cabbages stuffed in the mushroom were very soft, or maybe too soft.
  • I think they have overdrenched the mushrooms in the sauce :(
燈籠餃Steamed Lantern Dumplings-5/6
  • Each order comes with 2
  • As the name suggests, they are called lanterns because of their appearance.
  • Fillings include mushroom, 1 edamame (only), few cabbage, and carrot.
  • The dumplings were actually great, except they should add more fillings in them.
蒸粉果Steamed Dumplings-5.5/6
  • Each order comes with 2
  • I apologize for this crappy photo. This was actually my mom's left-over; I finished mine before taking a shot, so I had to take a photo of my mom's left-over.......
  • Fillings are actually all beans, mostly the black eye beans. Since I'm a fan of beans, I certainly enjoyed having this :D
  • As you can see from the first picture of this Steamed Dumpling, the outside of it was like Japanese mochi: soft and chewy.
素咖哩Vegetarian Curry-4.5/6
  • Loaded with carrt, potato, and fried tofu.
  • Came with plain steamed buns.
  • This vegetarian curry was definitely less flavourful than the regular ones.
  • Dipping the buns into the sauce was a fun way to eat as they can absorb as much curry sauce as they possible.
  • Another bonus for this dish, the fried tofu also absorbed the curry sauce. So when you bite into it, you can taste the sauce as well.
腰果糯米滋Cashew Mochi-6/6
  • Each order comes with 2
  • Sprinkled with dried coconut
  • I am not a nut fan, but this dessert was surprisingly good! I thought the filling would be similar to the peanut filling; however, it turned out to be very smooth and rich in flavour. There was still some cashew bits in the filling. Yummy!
南瓜小蒸包Pumpkin Paste Dessert-3/6
  • Each order comes with 2
  • Again, can you see the heat coming out from the steamer? It was served right off the steamer from the kitchen.
  • The presentation was really cute. The tip part was actually a nut.
  • The smooth pumpkin paste was not as sweet as I thought. Despite it's called the pumpkin dumpling, I did not find (much) pumpkin flavour in it.
  • The dumpling itselt was slightly sticky but not sweet at all, which was great because I was already very stuffed at that time.

It was a nice experience to enjoy tea and delicate vegetarian dim sum in a quiet place :) I will certainly come back and try their other creations next time!

Speaking of vegetarian restaurants, there is another restaurant called Long Men Lou-Chi Lin Vegetarian at the Nan Lian Garden. Oh, it is also a hidden place :)

Long Men Lou-Chi Lin Vegetarian
Long Men Lou, Nan Lian Garden, 60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3658-9388

Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm
Sat-Sun 11am-3pm

Tea-time: Mon-Fri 2:30pm-5:30pm
Sat-Sun 3pm-5:30pm

Dinner: Mon-Sun 6pm-9pm

For more information, please read here.

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