Tuesday, January 1, 2013

福臨門魚翅海鮮酒家 Fook Lam Moon ... for an exquisite traditional Dim Sum experience. Wanchai, Hong Kong

This  was a maiden trip overseas for little Julien and we planned to visit Lin Heung Kui 蓮香居 in the early morning. After we got little Julien changed and when we were all ready to get out of the hotel room, we saw the little one sprawled inside his baby cot in a deep sleep. Haha ... no Lin Heung Kui for us and we decided to visit Fook Lam Moon 福臨門 for dim sum later in the morning since the restaurant is only opened at 11.30am. HY chanced on the restaurant on Apple Daily when it's being termed as 富豪酒家 'Rich Man's' Restaurant. Ok then! Let's go experience a moment of being rich.

As we were waiting for the restaurant to open (we were too early), several regulars arrived at the restaurant enter in their Mercedes S500 and other cars of equal class. Hmm some hints of richness already. Food in Fook Lam Moon is exquisite and to my surprise, unpretentious. If you're expecting vapour pouring out from dried ice camoflaging the food in a huge dish with dragon and phoenix vegetable carvings, you're in for a disappointment. The exquisiteness is all in the food. On top of that, the service level seemed to up one notch from other dim sum restaurants that we've been to in Hong Kong. We were really apologetic when little Julien spilt his puree all over the floor. I really appreciate that staffs who help dealt with the situation and treat it with a pinch of salt and still smile and provide excellent service.

The Roast Pork Belly 脆皮燒腩仔 that we ate was so delicious. The choice of fat to lean meat ratio was optimal enabling a perfect crisp to the skin and a super tender belly meat. Perfect touches to the marinate rub resulted in a refined savoriness that served to tease than over indulge the palate. The Char Siew Buns 蠔皇叉燒包 were excellent their fluffy skin texture and the moist warm char siew filling. Steamed Curry Cuttlefish 咖哩蒸土魷 is my favorite. Most dim sum places would overlook that extra water from steaming would get the curry sauce diluted but not in Fook Lam Moon. I was delighted with the obvious curry flavor over the crunchy cuttlefish. Do not underestimate the Braised Egg Noodle with Conpoy and Enoki Mushroom 金菇瑤柱撈麵 even though it looks like your regular char bee hoon. The noodle was braised with the dried scallop and tasted absolutely smooth and flavorful. It's definitely more than meets the eye in Fook Lam Moon with the variety of dishes in the dim sum and a la carte menu but there were only 2 of us and we wished that the rest of the Eat Eat Eat group were here with us. Service in the restaurant was top notch however the cost for dim sum is pricier than dim sum we had at City Hall Maxim's Palace or Victoria City Restaurant Wanchai.

From my observation, Fook Lam Moon's Logo 'Fortune' 福 does speak well of the regular clienteles of the restaurant. Apart from this flagship restaurant in Wanchai, there is another branch in Kowloon. Outside Hong Kong, there are four in Japan and one newly opened in Shanghai.

35-45 Johnston Road
Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel : (852) 2866-0663


red fir said...

Fook Lam Moon at Wanchai has been accredited a one michelin star. Looks like a must try. The wu kok is calling out loud to me.

Happy New Year!

Unknown said...

Wow one star michelin ... I probably just skimmed the surface. It's worth a revisit. Next time ....


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