Hong Kong’s Michelin-Starred Dim Sum Bus Is So Swanky! (Photos)

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By Cooking Panda

These days, kooky and unique food services are a dime a dozen. Sure, you always have the option to stop into a grocery store or corner deli and buy a normal, staple food item, like a piece of sourdough bread or some slices of cheese for a toastie.

However, you also probably aren’t too far away from a restaurant that offers extravagant food challenges, or interesting rainbow-colored menu items, or special dining experiences that elevate your mealtime into a truly epic event.

For instance, did you know that there exists a bus in Hong Kong that actually allows diners to take in the sights of the city while dining on Michelin-grade dim sum?

That’s right — I’m not talking about your average bus-fare, whatever that would be. I’m talking about high-quality, super gourmet food that you get to snack on while riding the “Crystal Bus,” which is itself quite luxurious. The bus is decorated with $300,00 Hong Kong dollars worth of crystals, as well as a TV, video game consoles (for the crazy passengers who aren’t too busy stuffing their faces and drinking in the sights of the city to play a few games) as well as a stereo system.

For $50, passengers are invited to climb aboard and sample seven different dim sum dishes prepared by local Michelin-starred restaurants, according to Shanghaiist.

The bus can only hold 47 passengers, and operates on two separate 2.5-hour daytime tour schedules.

If you snag a ticket, you’ll get the chance to fill up on delicious foods while cruising around 20 Hong Kong attractions, like the New Territories, Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.

Additionally, if you’re willing to splurge even more, the Crystal Bus also offers private five-hour nighttime tours, which cost $8,800 Hong Kong dollars on weekdays, and a whopping $12,800 Hong Kong dollars for a choose-your-own-itinerary deal.

Holy moly! Does it sound worth it to you?

Source: Shanghaiist / Photo Credit: Shanghaiist

Tags: bus tour, crystal bus, Dim Sum, hong kong, michelin food
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Disney Dim Sum Is Adorable And We Need Some

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By Cooking Panda

If you are not already a fan of Dim Sum, prepare to become one.

Shanghai’s Disney Resort is now selling movie-themed Dim Sum, and the world will never be the same again.

According to Hello Giggles, all of your favorite Dim Sum dishes, from dumplings to Baozi are now available in the shape of your most beloved Disney characters. Photos from the Resort are as adorable as you might imagine, and include favorites such as Chicken Little and Frozen’s Olaf the Snowman.

That’s right—you can now get Frozen-themed Dim Sum.

If you’re curious as to how the resort is able to craft such beautiful creations out of edible items, the clue might lie in the nature of Dim Sum itself. The Cantonese cuisine is famous for its gorgeous arrays of intricately crafted bite-sized dishes, all meticulously arranged in steamer baskets.

As you can tell from the photos, some aspects of traditional Dim Sum have been preserved in the Disney Resort’s unique take on the cuisine. Not only are the characters arranged in steamer baskets, but Olaf’s head is also apparently crafted out of a white steamed red bean bun—a standard flavor combination in Dim Sum restaurants.

While booking a trip to Shanghai to sample the Dim Sum for yourself might be out of the question, we suggest that you gaze at the gorgeous photos before heading to a local restaurant in order to sample some more average-looking Dim Sum. We promise that the food is utterly delicious, and the experience will be one to remember!

If you do go, expect an array of individual-sized dishes (like Chinese tapas) presented on an ever-changing array of carts and trays. In China, Dim Sum is traditionally served in the morning, but U.S. restaurants typically serve the cuisine around brunch time. We can’t imagine a better way to celebrate the long weekend in style!

Sources: Hello Giggles, Epicurious / Photo credit: Nerdy Asians/Twitter

Tags: Dim Sum, Disney, frozen, Shanghai
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