Dim sum has long been a comfort food to many. But few do it as well as the Cantonese. From plump dumplings to soft baos to crunchy spring rolls, you can always expect variety at any Cantonese restaurant. Eating dim sum is almost like a little guessing game on what each basket contains before opening them. A delicious surprise waiting in every bamboo steamer. Lung Hin in Marco Polo carries on this sentiment of variety with their new dim sum set menu. Bringing in their own surprises, their new Authentic 19 set menu offers unlimited dim sum and then some.
Offering 19 of their signature dim sum dishes for unlimited servings – 11 of them steamed, 4 fried, and the remaining 4 being rice and noodles dishes. This variety offers a lot for diners to choose from and a sure workout for your hands trying to pick up all that food with chopsticks. Luckily, LA Wine & Dine has done the chopstick work to give you the rundown of what this dim sum set has to offer.
You Win Some, You Dim Sum
With the steamed category taking up most of the menu, one of the highlight dishes we recommend is the Steamed Shrimp Dumplings with Gold Leaf, a signature dim sum in any Cantonese restaurant. Probably the dim sum to judge an entire menu on. This one does its job right with its juicy filling of soft sweet shrimps. There is a hint of meatiness from pork, and a wrapping that is delicate to the tongue but doesn’t fall apart on its way there. The gold leaf adds a touch of shine adding points for presentation.
Another steamed treat to try is the Vegetarian Dumplings. A must-try for non-meat eaters. This dumpling packs a surprise with its texture. Starting with its soft bright ruby wrapping, then once inside you’re introduced to different textures with its multi-vegetable filling. You get a little crunch and a little tenderness, both coming together for a flavorful mouthful.
A Touch Of Crunch
Moving on to their fried offerings, a standout would have to be the Baked Barbecue Pork Buns. These buns might surprise many with their bouncy sweet bun. Sweeter than other pork buns. It pulls it off because once you get to the pork filling, which also has a hint of sweetness, it creates a balance of sweet and savory that puts the pork’s flavor at the forefront.
One fried dish that caught our attention is their Deep-Fried Taro Puffs. Their avian design may cause you to hesitate in eating them because of their delicate placement. Taking a bite offers a jump in texture, with its crunchy fried coating turning into a soft and chewy feel from the taro inside. The filling is a subtle savory mixture but the real flavor comes from the soft taro from the inner wrapping. Quick tip: Make sure to take a good photo before biting into them, they lose their swan-ness with just one bite.
Their rice and noodles round out the dim sum set with that much needed carb. You can opt for their Yang Chow Fried Rice that goes well with their steamed dumplings. While the Tai O Salted Fish Fried Rice is a meal in itself. Packed with richness from the fish, this rice dish can stand without a side dish to go with it.
As a whole, Lung Hin’s 19 dim sum offerings bring a variety of flavors and textures that can cater to a whole range of cravings. From crunchy and savory to soft and sweet, there’s a dish for every flavor profile. And with all dishes offered in unlimited supply, it’s a dim sum set that will satisfy.
An Extra Dish (Or Two) On The Side
If you thought it ended there – well, there’s more. Aside from the unlimited dim sum, Lung Hin’s lunch set also comes with extra servings of main dishes and desserts. Depending on the size of your table, you can get a number of extra dishes on the side.
A savory dish to try is the Roasted Pork Belly from their Hong Kong Barbecue menu. A Cantonese standard, this dish satisfies with its bite-sized pork bites. Crispy skin complemented with juicy fatty meat, not greasy and not overwhelmingly salty – the right balance for a pork side dish.
Other main dishes to try are their Steamed Garoupa with Supreme Soy Sauce and Chicken in Lemon Sauce. The Garoupa’s focus is its sauce with its subtle saltiness from rich soy that coats the fish. The chicken adds a unique crunch with its almond coating that goes well with the lemon sauce.
Our last main dish is Steamed Squid with Broccoli and Vermicelli in Garlic Sauce. This dish gets a shoutout for its excellent use of the sauce. It coats the squid and is soaked up by the vermicelli. The sauce has a deep garlicky taste that mixes well with the delicate meat of the squid. With the vermicelli, the sauce takes center stage, coating your tongue but never going overboard with the pungent flavor.
Ending On A Sweet Note
After a long and flavorful ride through Cantonese cuisine, we come at our final stop with desserts. Their Chilled Coffee Jelly satisfies with its cold and gentle texture. Beautifully presented with its interchanging jelly layers of coffee and cream.
A surprising sweet serving is their Chilled Mango Pudding, seemingly plain at first with its pale cream top and red cherry center. One scoop into this reveals its true identity with bright yellow mango pudding under the cream. Filled with mango flavor, the cream acts as a damper to balance out the sharp sweetness. A fitting sweet ending to this Cantonese tour.
Overall, the minds behind Lung Hin’s kitchen have given a great deal of detail in creating their menu. They give a unique journey of flavor in every dish. A point of critique that a wide menu can get is its dishes can become redundant in flavor and lacking in variety, Lung Hin’s Authentic 19 Set avoids this problem by developing a truly expansive menu that showcases Cantonese cuisine in all its facets.
Lung Hin’s Authentic 19 Premium Dim Sum Lunch Set is available at 25% off until May 31, 2019. Lung Hin is located on Level 44 of the Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Street Ortigas Centre, San Antonio, Pasig, 1600 Metro Manila. (632) 720-7777