What do you do when you have to wait 4 hours until your next classes? Obviously go out for lunch!! My fellow quarter-Chinese friend and I both didn’t go out for Dim Sum for a pretty long time and were both craving some of that Chinese goodness! One of our favourite places to go with our families is Hoi Tin in Amsterdam. A budget-proof restaurant at Nieuwmarkt, which is very well known under Chinese themselves and serves the most delicious food!
For the ones who don’t know what dim sum is: it’s basically Cantonese food, prepared as small bite-sized portions. These portions are either served in small steamer baskets or on small plates, with some soya sauce on the side. We usually buy 2-5 portions for every person, it depends how much you can eat. Besides Dim Sum Hoi Tin also offers traditional Chinese dinner and sells all sorts of cakes and several other sorts of sweets. These can all be eaten inside the restaurant, but they also have a take-away option. If you go here, don’t expect the most fancy restaurant. But do expect the most delicious food.
We always drink some Chinese tea along side the Dim Sum’s.
We started with some steamed rice dough filled with fried bun & steamed rice dough with beef & soy sauce. These things look like small dishes, but oh-my, I was full after eating just 2 pieces!
An afternoon of Dim Sum isn’t complete without some Char Siu Bao (steamed honey BBQ pork bun). These are the real bapao! Really, those things from the supermarket are nothing compared to this.
Then we ordered some pieces of Siu Mai (steamed minced pork & prawns wrapped in dough). I remember getting these things when I was younger from a local Chinese food truck. Childhood memories!
If you’re in the neighbourhood, I would definitely recommend this restaurant!
Hoi Tin can be found at:
1012 BB, Amsterdam