GUIDED DIM SUM LUNCH FOOD TOUR IN HONG KONG
GUIDED LUNCH EXPERIENCE
A BLAST FROM THE PAST WITH A 1920’S DIM SUM TEA PARLOUR
WED & SAT
Our dim sum guided lunch is not exactly for the faint of heart. Think old-school, bird cages, spittoons and waitstaff who look like they’re still time frozen in the 60’s. Dysfunctionally functional, which is our favourite kind of functional.
In fact, this 1920’s dim sum parlour is so infamous that a Timeout HK article has listed it as one of the top Hong Kong Chinese Restaurants in HK to try; going so far to say that “if you’re going to have dim sum only once during your stay in Hong Kong, this is the place. A decades-old parlour in Hong Kong’s Central District, they make no concessions to modernity or to English speakers, so be prepared for pantomime or go with a Cantonese-speaking friend.”
So, what is dim sum? Think of dim sum as Chinese tapas, small dishes meant to be shared around the table. The epitome of Hong Kong food, dim sum is a must eat when you’re in Hong Kong & we are going super old-school. You’re going to learn how to look for your own seat & wash your own dishes, learn what tea is paired with dim sum and how to survive (I mean, get food) in a dim sum parlour, delve into the history, origins, traditions and culture of dim sum & experience pouring tea from a traditional teapot (it’s harder than you think!).
* Please see our Fishballs’ Food Adventurous Scale to see why this tour has been rated a 1-2.
FOOD TOUR DETAILS AT A GLANCE
At least 6 different dimsum dishes to try. Dimsum is plucked from the rolling trolleys so the exact menu cannot be guaranteed due to availability, but you will be fed, happy and full after the lunch.
1 awesome & fun English speaking guide
Dimsum etiquette, history & traditions are taught throughout the entire lunch. We’ll teach you “how to successfully fight for dimsum” 😉
Bottomless tea & hot water are provided. Cold beverages can be purchased at an additional cost.
< 5 years are free to join! 5- 12 years of age at time of event: $228 HKD
Sheung Wan MTR station, outside of Exit E2. Please look for the human with the moose antlers.
You have the option to be guided back to the original meeting location or to the Central MTR station.
Not recommended for those with dietary restrictions. Try our Off-the-Eaten-Path Street Food tour instead.
2 guests minimum to run the tour. 12 guests maximum.
FOOD TASTINGS & TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
WELCOME TO THE MODERN DAY HUNGER GAMES
You’ll be able to try at least 6 of the different varieties of dim sum pictured below. The menu for your particular tour will be set by the guide and will depend on the availability of dim sum & the aggressiveness of the other guests on that particular day. Your guide will try their hardest to get the tastiest dim sum for you, but sometimes the other guests are hardcore AF.
PLEASE NOTE: Below is an example of the different dishes you may be trying.
DIM SUM ETIQUETTE
How do you get food?
Wash those dishes & learn about dim sum’s history
Why & how do we drink Pu-Er tea?
Shrimp and pork dumpling
CHAR SIU BAO
BBQ pork bun
STICKY RICE WRAP
Glutinous rice wrapped in lotus leaf
steamed in black bean sauce
Brown sugar & egg sponge cake
QUAIL EGG DUMPLING
on top with a shu mai bottom as base
with water chestnut, cilantro, & Chinese celery
EGG CUSTARD BUN
steamed white bun with creamy egg custard inside
FISHBALLS’ FOOD ADVENTUROUS SCALE
THIS TOUR HAS A 1-2 RATING
The Guided Dimsum Lunch Food Tour has been rated a 1-2 on our Fishballs’ Food Adventurous Scale due to its incredibly chaotic and madhouse-like atmosphere. In fact, we’ve had a guest leave early because the atmosphere give them too much anxiety. Yes it’s at the Insta-famous Lin Heung Teahouse. Trying chicken feet is optional, but other than that, all other dishes are generally quite normal and is the perfect tour to start your Hong Kong trip.
THE FINER DETAILS OF THE FOOD TOUR
The address for the Starbucks across from the Sheung Wan MTR station, Exit E2 is 1 Rumsey St, Sheung Wan . Please show your taxi driver the Chinese address:
Always get a receipt as it has the taxi’s info in case you forget something in the taxi.
The most convenient way. The Sheung Wan MTR station is just 1 stop away from Central and is located on the Hong Kong Island (blue) line. Exit E2 is the opposite direction from Exit A-D and you must choose the correct exit on the train platform level as the concourse level for Exit E is not connected to the other exits.
There’s a tram that moves west & eastward on Hong Kong Island. It’s slow moving so we don’t recommend taking the tram unless you’re only about 1-2 MTR stops away from Sheung Wan and want the scenic route.
TOUR CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS
REQUIRED MINIMUM NUMBERS
We require a minimum of 2 guests to run the tour. If min. numbers are not met 48 hours prior to the tour, you’ll be notified via email, and the full refund and final confirmation will be sent via email to you 24 hours prior to the tour date and time.
Sometimes plans change – we get it. We also have a minimum numbers requirement in place so our refund policy is as flexible and fair as we can make it without disrupting our vendors and other guests due to refunds. Please be considerate and let us know as soon as you can if you won’t be making it to the tour. Please view our Refund Policy here.
BAD WEATHER POLICY
We go rain or shine… when it’s physically safe for us to do so. We have a Bad Weather policy in place in case of situations such as when Rainstorm and/or Typhoon signals are hoisted. Please read our Bad Weather Policy here.
HAVE A LOOK AT OUR TOUR REVIEWS…
WE HAVE A 99% 5* STAR REVIEW RATING. THAT’S HOW WE WOK ‘N’ ROLL!
TOP RATED FOOD TOUR IN HONG KONG
This tour was so much fun. Our guide took us to local places that we would not have tried or known about. The tour was a great mix of food and cultural information and Whampoa was a lovely neighbourhood to do this in! Our guide was a fantastic guide, was very helpful, chatty and answered all of our additional questions. She’s a hit with the locals as well – I loved to see her bantering with them all.
Would definitely recommend this tour, get yourself to Whampoa with Humid with a Chance of Fishballs!
FUN & KNOWLEDGEABLE ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDES!
If you love food and you want to get off the well-worn tourist trails, then Humid with a Chance of Fishballs should be your first choice. My husband had his ‘villains hit’ by one of the infamous ‘cursing grannies’, before we boarded a tram and travelled to our Sampan boat for delicious shellfish, including the re-nowed ‘Typhoon Shelter Crab’. The next day our guide guided us to one of the oldest dim sum restaurants in town, taught us how to get a seat – no, really, you’ve never done this before, I promise you! No easy feat, I can assure you!
I can highly recommend Humid With a Chance of Fishballs!
UNIQUE & AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES!
After a quick introduction we turned a few corners and found ourselves in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the back alleys of Hong Kong. Amidst a myriad of different food options she seems to be able to find the ones that offer that little bit extra.
Our guide seemed to have a genuinely great rapport with the hawkers and food stall owners we visited. If you’re looking for a genuine, authentic urban experience, we can definitely recommend going on this food tour. All we suggest is you bring an open mind and a healthy appetite; there’s going to be plenty of food and some of it will have you talking about it till late in the evening.
FIND SOMEONE THAT LOOKS AT YOU LIKE THE WAY WE LOOK AT DIMSUM <3