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HK: Trivial Seafood & Dim Sum Reviews

jt | Mar 12, 200609:08 AM

Last weekend we went to Rainbow/Tian Hong 天虹 restaurant on Lamma Island. Had the set menu for 8, which featured steamed shrimp, fried calamari, steamed scallop on the half shell with garlic and glass noodle, whole steamed fish, grilled cheese lobster, and flower crab on a bed of sticky rice. Truly one of the best seafood dinners I’ve ever had in my life. The scallops and crab were particularly amazing. Coming from the US, where people eat blue crabs and scrabble for scraps of meat, I was kind of overwhelmed by the amount of meat available with flower crabs. Not to mention the quality.

The next day we went to Maxim’s on the 3rd or 4th floor of city hall, which was not the best dim sum I’ve ever had in my life [that would be Fook Lam Moon or Canton Restaurant, both in Shanghai], but was probably third. Plus, they have carts, which is nice for just hanging out and eating whatever comes by and looks good. Also, unlike the above two restaurants, you don’t have to mortgage the house. I don’t think we ate anything unusual – most of the dim sum I’d seen before, it was just very good. I would recommend the lion head/meatball. I was sort of skeptical of it, thinking it just a meatball, but it turns out to taste a lot like the beef chang fen filling, maybe with cilantro and other spices. I liked it a lot.

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