With ubiquitous Chinese restaurants around Hong Kong serving traditional xiao long bao, the city’s top chefs have taken to creating all manners of exotic flavours and non-conventional varieties to keep fans of the steaming soup dumpling sated. Jumping on board the trend is Dim Sum Library, the stylish dim sum parlour which has just opened its second branch over at Elements Mall in West Kowloon.
Following in the footsteps of its flagship in Pacific Place, the contemporary eatery offers a refreshing take on the time-honoured tradition of Cantonese dim sum, while pioneering four new flavours of colourful xiao long bao in a bid to draw in soup dumpling fans and click-happy crowds to West Kowloon.
With paper-thin skin infused in a range of bright hues, the newfangled soup dumplings include beef brisket xiao long bao, featuring a hearty blend of oxtail and beef brisket in a carrot-infused orange wrapper; and hot and sour xiao long bao, which utilises the kitchen’s house-made Sichuan paste and a handful of chilli. Bak kut teh xiao long bao takes its cues from the Malaysian staple, boasting the detoxifying properties of ginseng, star anise and cinnamon; while a kombu and bonito variety draws from Japan with edible kelp seaweed, bonito and fermented tuna.
The four new flavours can be enjoyed alongside Dim Sum Library’s best-selling dan dan xiao long bao — Sichuan spicy peanut noodles in dumpling form boasting a generous kick of spice — which will remain a menu staple. You’ll also want to try other signature dishes such as pan-fried Sichuan cod charcoal bao, lobster dumplings with tianqi herbs, pan-fried Chinese yam cake and chilled hibiscus and guava pudding topped with gold leaf for dessert.
The new Dim Sum Library has been fitted out by London designer Fabled Studio, and blends art deco design with light, pastel-hued interiors to evoke a 1920s Chinoiserie-inspired look. Inspired by the ancient Han Dynasty poem ‘The Kingfisher and Lotus Pond’, design accents include the plumage of the kingfisher and gold brushes throughout the dining area and bar (which serves Chinese tea cocktails, alongside wines and spirits). Open daily, the restaurant caters to the lunch, afternoon tea and dinner crowds with panoramic views over the harbour.
The four innovative xiao long bao flavours are launching for a limited time at the end of May — each available on different days of the week, priced at HK$72 for a basket of three — they will be available at both the Pacific Place and Elements locations.
Dim Sum Library, Elements, Shop 1028B, Water, Elements Mall, 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2810 0898