Saturday, October 18, 2008

Hong Kong Tea House & Restaurant

Last week I watched a movie in which characters were chowing on Dim Sum, and I had been craving the small Chinese dishes ever since. Today we indulged my craving with a trip to Hong Kong Tea House & Restaurant, voted "Best Chinese" by Salt Lake City Weekly's "Best of 2008" Awards.

Located across the street from the now defunct Orbit cafe, Hong Kong Tea House & Restaurant is among old brick buildings that simply ooze potential but have yet to receive the kind of love they deserve. Its own exterior a faded gray, Hong Kong Tea House & Restaurant is easy to miss: but if you haven't been there then the only thing you are missing is a delicious, cheap meal.

The one problem with going out for Dim Sum when we were already famished is that we selected far too many dishes on the form, and then proceeded to say yes to every dish they brought our way while we awaited our initial order. Suffice to say we were close to food comas by the time we paid the bill. Highlights of the meal included:

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BBQ Pork - $4.25

J found this version of the other white meat to be tender and succulent.


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Beef Wienoki Mushroom Roll - $4.25 for 4

These little babies had a nice peppery kick to them.

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Jumbo Shrimp Dumpling - $3.50 for 4

Soft, warm and seafood...my idea of comfort food.


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Beef Rice Noodle Roll - $3.50 for 3

This one sounded great in theory, but getting it from the serving dish to our own plates (and then to our mouths) was another matter entirely. Most of mine ended up on the table...Fortunately I believe in the five second rule.


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Crab Meat Dumpling - $3.50 for 4

Rich and meaty in texture.

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Deep Fried Taro Dumplings - $2.95 for 3

These were incredibly delicate and fluffy little pillows.

Hong Kong Tea House & Restaurant scores extra points with me by being open on Sundays. Combine that with endless cups of jasmine tea for a buck, and I think it is fair to say that this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

- K

Hong Kong Tea House & Restaurant
565 West 200 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
801.531.7010

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6 Comments:

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1:41 AM  
Blogger Stuart said...

Great review, some really wonderful looking dishes. Making my mouth water just reading.

I last tried HKTH&R many many years ago one weekend evening. I know dim sum is traditionally a lunch item, but we kinda hoped the dim sum would be available at night also. Sadly it wasn't.

I really really want to go back and try their dim sum. When would you say is best? What times do they offer it?

I've also heard there's a place on state street (golden dragon?) that does excellent dim sum too. Never tried it mind you.

I *wish* someone would open a night time time dim sum place with a big menu. I really like eating lots of small things. Really helps the indecisiveness :)

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Stuart
http://www.gastronomicslc.com

4:21 PM  
Blogger Sara Z. said...

Stuart - I think the Golden Dragon (or maybe called New Golden Dragon) dim sum is good. More low brow and noisy than Hong Kong TH, but good - especially if you bug the cart-pushers to make sure they offer you everything, not just the things most Caucasians tend to order. The people next to us had chicken feet and a whole bunch of other cool stuff that wasn't offered us, so we asked.

If you've ever had dim sum on Geary or Clement Streets in San Francisco, Golden Dragon is more in that vein.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Stuart said...

I think your right about the name New Golden Dragon Sara. Might have to try Hong Kong TH first, especially as they are open on Sundays. That's always a huge plus for me.

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Stuart
http://www.gastronomicslc.com

1:33 PM  
Blogger Sara Z. said...

By the way, Stuart, the Dragon is also open Sundays. Crowded, but open.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

I know Hong Kong Tea House & Restaurant offers dim sum Saturday and Sunday. John says he's been there during the week over lunch and they've had it available then. Thanks for the suggestion of New Golden Dragon, Sara: sounds authentic, chicken feet and all.

8:05 PM  

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