Janice and Johannes indulge in some siu mai
So I started our lunch at Tien Yi with a ‘How was your Italian summer?’ We picked the spacious, circular Cantonese restaurant as we were both uncharacteristically craving dim sum after our time in Europe.
Tien Yi is known for seafood specialties like abalone, sea cucumber and fish maw, but Sunday lunch means yum cha. As Hongkongers, we don’t stop merely at dim sum, which are considered snacks – we finish with fried rice or a noodle dish, plus a plate or two of greens in this health-conscious era.
There were the usual suspects of har gau and siu mai, the latter topped with crab roe, encircled with a thin wheat wrapper.
‘Pasta was out of this world, but I do miss my Cantonese ravioli,’ muses Janice in reference to the trip. We’d both been on a wine tour, Janice starting off with Sicily, Sardinia, then Piedmont. I’d missed her by a day as I joined in Tuscany, including Janice’s team at Capsule48, then made my way down to the Aeolian islands and Sicily with part of the group.