Cooked Food Centre Dim Sum? Yes Please!
One Big Cooked Food Centre
Even for a cooked food centre, Tai Po Hui Cooked Food Centre is big. In fact, Tai Po is arguably the largest and busiest Hong Kong cooked food centre I’ve been to yet. Located above the wet market on the third floor of the huge Tai Po Hui Complex, there are dozens of stalls inside serving everything from Cantonese barbeque, noodle and congee dishes, to Thai, Vietnamese and Indian cuisine.
With four rows of stalls occupying two sections either side of a short walk-through, you can take a seat at one of the closely-packed tables and order dishes from any stall you like, creating your very own mix-and-match smorgasbord of cooked food goodness. It’s much more in the hawker centre-style than other cooked food centres. The vendors are more outlets than restaurants, serving up their various dishes to the shoulder-rubbing rabble all day and most of the night. Fancy a bit of roasted chicken? Go and get it. Fancy a mango smoothie? No problem. You’ll need someone to guard your table for you, but a bit of team work goes a long way in the world of communal dining.
Cheap Dim Sum at Lam Kee
Like all good cooked food centres, however, Tai Po Hui has its stand out performer. Operating out of shop 8 and 9, Lam Kee (林記點心) offers some of the cheapest dim sum in town. Steaming away on the counter in their bamboo baskets, you can help yourself to a good selection of your dim sum favourites for around $10 or less. Har gau (shrimp dumplings), siu mai (shrimp and pork dumplings), black bean chicken feet and Lo Mai Gai (糯米鸡) – lotus leaf-wrapped rice with a meaty surprise were all there. There were also some very delicious custard buns and char siu bao, both made in the fluffy, homemade bun-style to give it that extra bit of rustic charm.
If you’re a hard-to-please, uber-foodie that just can’t appreciate a good thing when you see it, quality control and portion size my not be as exacting as you would get at one of the usual banquet hall-style dim sum restaurants. But the food is good, the atmosphere is great, and for less than $10 a dish, you can’t go wrong. I know for some, Tai Po may well as be Beijing as far as proximity to Hong Kong Island is concerned, but get yourself to Hung Hom, get on the East Rail Line, and you’re only a 28 minute trip away from dim sum goodness. Get there early enough, and after you’ve had your dim sum fill, there’s plenty of things to do in and around Tai Po to make a day of it. Have fun!
How to get to Tai Po Hui Cooked Food Centre
Tai Po Hui Cooked Food Centre is located on the 2nd floor of the Tai Po Complex Building. There are dozens of food stalls inside, but if it’s dim sum you’re looking for, Lam Kee, at shop 8 and 9, is a good place to start.
Lam Kee (林記點心)
Shop 8-9, 3/F, Tai Po Complex, 8 Heung Sze Wui Street, Tai Po
MTR: Tai Po Market Exit A and follow the crowds towards Tai Po town centre.
Opening Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m
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