January 29, 2013

大舞臺飯店 The Grand Stage (Hong Kong)

We stumbled upon this place for dim sum because our hotel was in the same area. The decor was pretty impressive because the place resembles a church, complete with stained glass windows and all. That said, the stained glass and strange lighting caused all my pictures to be tinted blue, so I apologize for that in advance.
Unfortunately, my mom had the stomach flu so the only thing she could have was soup ($28 HKD). It was some sort of fish soup. Not the most exciting thing to order for dim sum but this one was pretty good.
One of the standout items was the pan-fried pumpkin and yam slices ($24 HKD).
Next up, crispy taro puffs ($30 HKD) were wonderful as well. No complaints from me!
I wasn't a huge fan of sesame rolls ($17), but my sister seemed to enjoy it a lot.
I love, love, love traditional sweetened sponge cakes ($36 HKD) served in Asia, like the one here. Dark brown sugar is typically used and the resulting sponge cake has a unique, fragrant flavour that I'm absolutely crazy over. For some reason, I just can't find the same flavour in similar sponge cakes in Toronto
I wasn't super impressed with crispy curd bean sheet rolls wrapped with steamed rice rolls ($39) because it was a little greasy.
When it comes to siu mai ($30 HKD), I'm used to the yellow variety, and I haven't had this traditional style of pork dumpling (served with a quail egg) in a long, long time. It's also not commonly found in Toronto.
The restaurant was sold out of their famous char siu, so we compensated by ordering steamed BBQ pork buns ($24 HKD). All in all, I enjoyed the meal, even though it wasn't the most groundbreaking dim sum I've had. The total bill came to $306 HKD for 3 people (my mom excluded), which is equivalent to approximately $13 CAD per person! I love that it's so easy to find good quality dim sum at an affordable price in Hong Kong (and Macau as well). 

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