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South China Dim Sum Bar

Clint Wing & Ed Hung

The décor is stark but not cold; furniture is basic but adequate. Faded Bruce Lee posters adorn the naturally distressed walls and your meal is served in biodegradable containers. You place your order at the counter where disposable utensils, napkins and sauces are on offer. There are no printed menus – read the board, no waiters and no tablecloths. Your food is brought to you but you clear the table, disposing of your waste in the unique, home made bins provided.

This is a fast food concept with real food dining. This is the South China Dim Sum Bar, a tiny new venue on Long.

Proprietors Clint Wing and Ed Hung have an established reputation with the regulars at the City Bowl Market. When the initial idea for the restaurant was put on hold due to logistics, they turned to the food markets as an outlet. Their home made noodles, wontons, pot stickers and dumplings were an instant hit and a loyal fan base has been growing ever since.

They’re the nicest guys. Ed’s a family man and bean counter by trade; Clint’s an ex IT geek with a mild fitness obsession. Both have a passion for fresh, authentic street food. Watching them work together is like poetry in motion – they blend and weave in a zen-like culinary ballet. The open plan kitchen appears cool, calm and collected as beautifully plated dishes emerge at a rapid rate. They’re in perfect sync with their ingredients, their environment and each other and it’s reflected in their food.

Their gentle, chilled demeanour wafts out to the front of house. The vibe is relaxed and easy despite the packed tables. People are enjoying themselves… and they’re obviously enjoying the food. Schlurping is both permissible and inevitable if you have the noodles – and have them you should! Flavour is all about balance and they really know how to get that spot-on. Everything is fresh, everything is good – and good for you!

It’s a no muss, no fuss kinda place. Whether you’re looking for delicious, fresh food on the run or a laid back evening of tasty delight, this is it. ‘SCDSB’ isn’t licenced yet but you’re welcome to bring your own booze (there’s no corkage fee), nor do they have any card facilities so have cash on hand. Try the pot stickers with daikon salad and wasabi mayonnaise, their home made iced tea in it’s beribboned bottle (delicious!) or their rich custard tarts. Try it all, you can’t go wrong.

Join them for:

Lunch – Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays (12:00 – 14:30)

Dinner – Tuesdays through to Sundays (18:00 – 22:00).

Closed on Mondays


South China Dim Sum Bar

289 Long street

Cape Town

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Follow them on Twitter @CruZinWing


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