With the outer beauty of a swan and the inner beauty of a goose, this deep-fried creation ($78) is one of the signature items served at Celestial Court. While this type of dim sum puff is often filled with mashed radish or taro, the restaurant breaks with tradition here by folding rich, oil-slicked roast goose and fragrant wild mushrooms into the delicate yet crunchy pastry. Flaky, buttery and utterly delicious, this is a dim sum worth honking about.
Dim sum is an integral part of Hong Kong dining. While we love our bamboo steamers filled with traditional siu mai and har gow, it’s also good to see more dim sum restaurants flexing their creative muscles as they transform dumplings and bite-sized morsels into stunning works of edible art. From sausage rolls dressed as candy to pastry puffs in the shape of a purse, these dim sum items will feed your Instagram as much as your stomach. By Ann Chiu and Sarah Moran
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