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Believe In Happiness Restaurant 信興酒樓

I was in Sham Shui Po, one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Hong Kong. Much of it is being planned for gentrification already. My uncles were surprised to see that Believe In Happiness Restaurant was still open for business.

Believe In Happiness Restaurant is a traditionally styled dim-sum establishment. It does not serve dinner, and you have to pick up the dim sum yourself. If you’re expecting customer service, you’re in the wrong place (you’re supposed to be treated poorly to experience the old Hong Kong culture!).

By the way, there is no such thing as a “Believe In Happiness Restaurant”. I translated the name. When you’re in town, ask for “tsuen hing”, and you will find it.

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Here’s a photo of Believe In Happiness Restaurant from the street outside.

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“Ha Gaos” or shrimp dumplings. Good “ha gaos” would have an entire shrimp in there, the rip off “ha gaos” have diced bits of shrimp. The skin is translucent, easy to break but slightly sticky in your mouth.

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Beef organs. Yummy.

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Chinese meat balls. How are they different than Western meat balls? These are steamed with water chestnut and green onions inside. Usually they are served with a sweet soy sauce for more flavour, and the meaty texture and the crunchy water chestnuts are delightful to eat.

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Regular fried rice. Nothing too special.

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The sponge cake was for dessert. The “big bun”, as my uncles call it in Chinese, has a lot of content in it. It depends what kind of “big bun” you get, some have BBQ pork or chicken inside.

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In our big bun, we had mushrooms, ham, chicken and different vegetables all tossed and sealed inside the hot bun.

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Here’s a snapshot of who’s and what’s in the restaurant. Lots of old men. Lots of old, single men. Not the most comfortable place for ladies … those old men are not the friendliest.

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