NO Chinese restaurant can survive without a good variety of dim sums on its menu. More so one that offers Cantonese cuisine. This is because dim sums play an important role in Chinese history, as they were served in tea houses to refresh travelers who trod down the Silk Road. In more recent history, dim sums serve as appetizers in a full meal, such as lunch or dinner, and they are also enjoyed as the main food during afternoon tea.
And so Lung Hin, the authentic Cantonese restaurant at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, is showcasing a wide selection of authentic steamed, pan-fried and deep-fried dim sums prepared by dim sum master chef Wong Chiu Lung and his team. Chef Wong hails from Hong Kong, where the best dim sum comes from, and he is backed by long years of experience as a dim sum chef.
The dim sum offerings of Lung Hin include steamed dumplings with fillings, such as Scallop Dumplings, Spinach Dumplings and Shrimp Dumplings, Chiu Chow, and simple but tasty shrimp dumplings with gold leaf, better known as Hakaw or Har Gow. Filipino favorites, such as Chicken Feet with XO Sauce, Barbecue Pork Bun (better known as Siopao), Pork Siomai with Truffle Sauce (which traces back to the Yuan Dynasty), Cordyceps Flower Siomai, and the Dragon Boat Festival favorite Abalone Glutinous Rice with Lotus, are also available.
Aside from the popular steamed dim sums, Lung Hin also carries quite a number of pan-fried and deep-fried dim sums. There is the savory Sesame Radish Cake and Pan-fried Radish Cake with XO Sauce. Then there is the Fried Taro Puff, whose thin outer coating of taro “explodes” into a feng chao, or honeycomb, when it cooks in hot oil.
Not to be missed is the crowd favorite, Baked Barbecue Pork Buns, which are perfectly crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, with a flavorful barbecued pork filling.
What Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Lung Hin promises is an authentic Cantonese dim sum dining experience like no other.
(Lung Hin is located at Level 44 of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City; with telephone number 720-7777.)