Lock Cha Tea House is one of the best places to have some delicious vegetarian dim sum in Hong Kong. Of course they have an excellent selection of tea to go along with dim sum. Lock Cha Tea House is located inside Hong Kong Park on the Ground Floor of K. S. Lo Gallery. This building also houses Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware on the first floor. Lock Cha is open from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm on weekdays and 10.00 am to 9.00 pm on weekends. The tea house is closed every second Tuesday of the month. To get there, one may take the Exit C1 from Admiralty MTR Station. Besides serving dim sum and tea, Lock Cha Tea House hosts Chinese and Cantonese Music Tea Concerts every Saturday and Sunday. Chinese concert takes place every Sunday from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm and Cantonese concert takes place every Saturday from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware organise their own social programmes like tea demonstrations, lectures, gatherings, etc. Flagstaff plan their programmes quarterly in advance and display the same at the entrance to Lock Cha. The number of participants in all the programmes at Lock Cha and Flagstaff is limited hence it is advisable to make a reservation before going. Packaged teas and tea ware are also sold at Lock Cha Tea House. Keep reading for dim sum and tea menu...
|Lock Cha Tea House K. S. Lo Gallery Hong Kong Park, Hong Kong|
|Lock Cha Tea House Hong Kong Park, Hong Kong|
|Lock Cha Tea House Hong Kong|
Dim Sum Menu
|Dim Sum Menu Lock Cha Tea House Hong Kong|
|Lock Cha Tea House Hong Kong Dim Sum Menu|
There are some 25 types of dim sum in the menu including sweet variants. Cost of each serving of dim sum starts at 22 HKD (Steamed Vegetable Dumpling & others) and goes up to 48 HKD (Cold Black Fungus Silk with Mushroom & Cucumber). Sweet (dessert) variants include Mashed Lotus Seed & Sago pastry (22 HKD) and Custard Bun (25 HKD). See menu pictures for other variants. These are the three dim sum that I tried:
Vegetable & Mushroom Dumpling (38 HKD)
|Vegetable & Mushroom Dumplings Lock Cha Tea House Hong Kong|
Golden Mushroom Turnover (Samosa) (22 HKD)
Mashed Lotus Seed & Sago pastry (22 HKD)
|Mashed Lotus Seed & Sago Pastry Lock Cha Tea House Hong Kong|
|Mashed Lotus Seed and Sago Pastry at Lock Cha Tea House Hong Kong|
Golden Mushroom Samosa was OK but the other two were excellent.
|Tea Service at Lock Cha Tea House Hong Kong|
Tea service is a simple do-it-yourself affair. They keep an electric kettle filled with water on the table which can be switched on or off by the guest as required. Tea leaves are given in a ceramic bowl covered with a lid and a small glass bowl is given to drink the tea. One is supposed to pour hot water into the ceramic bowl to brew the tea for a few minutes and then transfer the brew to the drinking bowl. The Tea House staff told me that the process can be repeated 5-6 times with just one serving of tea leaves.
|White Rose White Tea at Lock Cha Tea House Hong Kong|
I had ordered White Rose White Tea (48 HKD) that had a really fresh & pleasant taste. I brewed and drank it 8 times and it tasted great every time. Incidentally, that was the only white tea variant available that day.
|Pu'er Tea Menu at Lock Cha Tea House Hong Kong|
|Lock Cha Tea House Hong Kong Tea Menu|
|Tea Menu Lock Cha Tea House Hong Kong|
Tea menu, apart from Pu'er teas, is classified into Yellow Tea, White Tea, Red Tea, Guangdong Greenish Tea, Anxi Greenish Tea, Taiwan Greenish Tea, Chinese Black Tea, and Flower Tea. There are the super expensive Pu'er teas that start at 38,000 HKD per serving of 12 gm. Yes you read it right. This Fuyuanchang Pu'er Cake (12 gm piece) does cost 38,000 HKD and will be served upon prior reservation. There are another 13 types of special teas in this Collectors' Selection, with the cheapest one - Guangyun Pu'er Cake in '60s - costing 400 HKD for 12 gm. (See the menu pictures above for the rest). The more affordable part of the tea menu has teas priced between 48 and 98 HKD per serving. All Pu'er teas are not expensive. A '06 Lock Cha Brand Pu'er Cake serving here will cost only 58 HKD. I wonder how many visits to Lock Cha Tea House it will take to sample all the different types of tea they have. Yet, at the end of it all, one would have sampled only those teas that one could afford. And I forgot to say, a 10% Service Charge is added to the total bill amount.
Vegetarian food including dim sum is also available at Chi Lin Vegetarian Restaurant Hong Kong and Po Lin Monastery Hong Kong.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|