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Kuala Lumpur - Old-fashioned Dim Sum at Restoran Hock Leong Hin

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Kuala Lumpur - Old-fashioned Dim Sum at Restoran Hock Leong Hin

klyeoh | Mar 23, 2012 07:28 AM

One of those interesting typical trad-KL Chinese coffeeshops which looked like it'd been caught in a time-warp for the past 5 decades. I loved places like these in a *big* way - more character than those sterile chain outlets which seemed to permeate KL these days.

I'd passed by this spot situated along busy Jalan Sungei Besi numerous times en-route to other downtown destinations, and had always thought of stopping there one day. The huge steaming baskets of dim sum situated by the road-side looked mighty intriguing!

Well, we did finally stop there this evening, and had a taste of Hock Leong Hin's dim sum offerings. What we had:
- "Lor mai kai" (糯米雞) or steamed glutinous rice, flavored with soy/wine/ginger and various ingredients like Chinese waxed sausage, chicken & shitake mushroom.. It's not as tasty as those from Ming Room, etc., but I don't mind at all - I was there to experience the "old kopitiam" atmosphere;
- 3 types of steamed fish-balls - one portion plain ones, one where chives/carrots/finely-chopped mushrooms had been mixed in, and one which incorporated crunchy white fungus. *Strictly* for fishball lovers, i.e. my dining companion (not me, I'd never, ever acquired a taste for Chinese fishball/fishpaste/and others of their ilk)
- Char-siu bao (叉燒包) or steamed barbecued pork buns - Hock Leong Hin's version had the fluffy, pillow-soft dough, with moist barbecued pork. Delighful.

Well, the place may not be to everyone's taste - simple, rustic dim sum amidst a rather spartan atmosphere - the coffeeshop seemed to lack air circulation and was oppressively hot this evening, irregardless of the heatwave currently enveloping KL.

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Restoran Hock Leong Hin
155 Jalan Sungai Besi
55100 Kuala Lumpur

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