Tin Lung Heen

I have a friend from the US and she said there’s no good food in Hong Kong. She’s lucky we were chatting online when she said that or else she would have heard my loud scream, “Are you crazy?” I’ve forgiven her for that blasphemous statement.

You can find cuisine from all over the world in Hong Kong. But my priority is Chinese food since that’s what they do best. From a street corner where you eat from a stick to one of the multitudes of dim sum restaurants to a hole in the wall find.

I don’t often eat at expensive Chinese restaurants since the regular priced restaurants are already very good.  When I want to eat at a Michelin starred restaurant it’s usually French or Italian food. The only Chinese Michelin starred restaurants I’ve eaten at are Tim Ho Wan (1 star cheap), Nanhai No. 1 (1 star) and Lung King Heen (3 stars). 

It was Jin’s declaration of the best char siu ever that piqued my interest in trying out Tin Lung Heen (Michelin 2 stars) at the 102nd floor of the Ritz Carlton hotel in Kowloon. I’ve eaten at Tosca (Italian restaurant) before and even toured their rooms

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When you first enter the high ceiling dining room you won’t think it’s a Chinese restaurant. It looks just like a beautiful high end restaurant. 

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This whole wall held Chinese wine. Waiter, I’d like a glass of wine from the top most shelf please. 

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Sleek black tiles alternate with wood carving. 

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I’m always unlucky when dining in restaurants in high floors like in Shin Yeh 101 in Taipei. I finally get the most coveted window seat just to look out to nothing. 

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My parents were supposed to come along but they didn’t have any table for 5 so I just had lunch with my friend Deb and her daughter Sam who happened to be in Hong Kong at the same time. 

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You are hereby warned. These lightly glazed sweet and crunchy walnut are highly addictive. If they didn’t remove it while we weren’t looking we would have munched on these until dessert. 

Tin Lung Heen - Glazed Walnuts
Glazed Walnuts

 

The average price for dim sum was HK$80-100 for 2-3 pieces and there were so many to choose from. To remove the stress from choosing we decided to have the Executive Set Lunch since it looked pretty good and my objective (Iberian pork) was there. 

Tin Lung Heen - Executive Set Lunch Menu

Tin Lung Heen - Char-Grilled Barbecued Iberian Pork & Roasted Barbecued Goose
Char-Grilled Barbecued Iberian Pork & Roasted Barbecued Goose

 

Each person got two thick slices of barbecued Iberian pork. Even though the pork was quite lean it was tender but with enough bite. My favorite part was it’s meaty flavor that was heightened with a thin glaze of sweetness and grilled taste. It was indeed the best char siu ever! 

Tin Lung Heen - Barbecued Iberian Pork (char siu)
Barbecued Iberian Pork (char siu)

 

As good as the pork was the roast goose was disappointingly dry and tough. 

Tin Lung Heen - Roasted Barbecued Goose
Roasted Barbecued Goose

 

My next favorite was the big bowl of rich, clear, concentrated broth with one giant dumpling filled with fresh crab meat. After this bowl of soup I was half full already.

Tin Lung Heen - Double-boiled Crab Meat Dumpling in Bouillon
Double-boiled Crab Meat Dumpling in Bouillon

 

Don’t be deceived. The kale looked plain and sauce free but it tasted quite flavorful. It was obviously cooked in good quality stock. The prawns were big, firm but not tough and put me over the edge tummy wise.

Tin Lung Heen - Sautéed Prawns skewered with Jinhua Ham & Vegetable, Sautéed Chinese Kale with Garlic
Sautéed Prawns skewered with Jinhua Ham & Vegetable, Sautéed Chinese Kale with Garlic

 

Deb and Sam had their next course wrapped up because they had a heavy breakfast. I came prepared and continued eating. 

Tin Lung Heen - Wok-Fried Chicken with Black Bean Sauce, Fried Rice with Diced Abalone & Shrimp wrapped in Lotus Leaf
Wok-Fried Chicken with Black Bean Sauce, Fried Rice with Diced Abalone & Shrimp wrapped in Lotus Leaf

 

The menu said chicken in black bean sauce but it didn’t look or taste like black beans. It was surprisingly my next favorite dish. If I had a cook who can make me this chicken dish I would gladly eat it everyday. I don’t know how to describe the taste which could be simple or profound. It just tasted freakin good. 

Tin Lung Heen - Fried Chicken with Black Bean Sauce
Fried Chicken with Black Bean Sauce

 

My friends know I don’t eat white rice. Since this was colored brown, wrapped in a leaf and mixed with lots of diced abalone and shrimp I ate it all with gusto!! Seriously this small package was a meal in itself.

Tin Lung Heen - Wok-Fried Rice with Diced Abalone & Shrimp wrapped in Lotus Leaf
Wok-Fried Rice with Diced Abalone & Shrimp wrapped in Lotus Leaf

 

Great I finally remembered our lunch came with a glass of fresh fruit juice or a glass of wine.

Tin Lung Heen - Orange and Watermelon Juice
Orange and Watermelon Juice

 

Whoever said there’s always room for dessert is absolutely right. The chilled milk jelly tasted just like panna cotta so down the hatch it went. Next were the petit fours of cashew cookie and osmanthus jelly.

Tin Lung Heen - Chilled Milk Jelly with Osmanthus, Traditional Baked Egg Custard Tart with Petit Fours
Chilled Milk Jelly with Osmanthus, Traditional Baked Egg Custard Tart with Petit Fours

 

I saved the egg tart for last since I’m not a big fan of it. I took a small bite and quickly changed my mind. All the egg tarts in Macau have nothing on this creamy filling which reminded me of creme brûlée but not as rich. The crust was also the lightest and flakiest I’ve eaten and I don’t care if they used lard either.

Tin Lung Heen - Baked Egg Custard Tart
Baked Egg Custard Tart

 

Finally the sky cleared and we saw something out the window.

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After lunch goofed around posing in the all glass ‘runway’ on the way to the restroom. 

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Compared to a French set lunch with a similar price I must say this Chinese meal was so much more filling and enjoyable. From time to time a change in ambiance is welcome. I definitely liked the food here more than at Tosca. Thanks for lunch Deb and Sam!!!

Tin Lung Heen menu 

 
Tin Lung Heen
Level 102, International Commerce Ctr.
1 Austin Road West
Kowloon, Hong Kong 
852 2263 2270
website

Monday – Friday
Lunch: 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, Sunday and 
Public Holidays
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Dinner: 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.Dress Code: No beach sandals, open toe shoes, sleeveless shirts and shorts for gentlemen.

6 thoughts on “Tin Lung Heen

  1. Hi Ms. Leslie, I’ve read your blog about the food and the service of Tin Lung Heen and I can say that it’s really worth a try. So, since me and my girlfriend will be going to HK this coming saturday, after reading your blog, I’ve decided to maybe just treat her for a nice dinner in Tin Lung Heen. Based on your write-up, is the executive meal set really priced at HKD598 per person? I would just like to clarify on this, just to be sure, as the other websites (tripadvisor) indicates that the average price is PHP23,570. I just need a little enlightenment on this, if you have any idea. I hope you’ll be able to accommodate my question. Thank you so much for the help!!! =)

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    1. HKD598 was really the price for lunch. The price on TripAdvisor may be for a la carte or dinner? You can really spend a lot if you order the more exotic menu items. So in essence the executive meal is a steal. I hope you have a good meal!

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      1. Thanks for the info Ms. Leslie, I just have one more question, I hope it’s okay with you, does the executive meal set vary from time to time? I mean is there a tendency that the menu and the price of the meal set today might change tomorrow or the day after? Do you have any idea on this, if ever? Thank you =)

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      2. I don’t think so. I think it will only change for holidays like Christmas, etc. Although I’m not sure if the contents of the menu will change. I’ve only been there once. Maybe you can email them?

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      3. Oh I see! Thank you for the details Ms. Leslie! Maybe I’ll just try to email them or contact them once we’re in Hong Kong.

        Thank you again ma’am! Really appreciate it! =)

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