Dining at Lei Yue Mun
The process of dining at Lei Yue Mun is very different from what you
might expect in a typical restaurant situation.
First you will select your seafood from the live fish
shops, choosing the type and specifying the quantity of each
you want. Ask for the price per "Catty", the local
weight which is about 600 grams or one and a third pounds,
and then expect to bargain on that price.
Next select your seafood, you will want to have a
selection to allow different dishes to be prepared.
Choose at least a medium to large fish, but not too large
such that it would be tough, some big prawns and some
smaller shellfish such as clams or mussels.
Don't worry if you are not sure how they should be cooked,
as the restaurant will know.
Once seafood has been selected and weighted you'll be
told the final price. You can bargain a little more
and round down this price if you are choosing several
The operator of the seafood selling stall will then be
able to recommend a nearby restaurant where you can have it
cooked, they will help to carry the food to that restaurant.
At the restaurant tell the waiter how you want the
different seafood cooked. If you have sufficient
quantity of one type such as prawns you can ask for it to be
divided into two. For example prawns are excellent
steamed whole, but many people also find fried with chili
and garlic or butterflied and steamed with garlic
The fees you pay at the restaurant are for cooking the
food, not the seafood itself. Of course if you have
additional dishes such as meat or vegetables then you will
pay for this directly to the restaurant as normal. The
same applies to rice and drinks.
Although Chinese food is typically served with all dishes
on the table at once to share when it comes to seafood as in
Lei Yue Mun as in any major seafood area in Hong Kong there
is more a tendency to serve dishes in sequence. This
allows each type of seafood to be appreciated as it is hot
from the Wok and at it's best flavour. So as each dish
lands on the table be bold and eat up, because more will be
As is the norm with Chinese dining in Hong Kong once you
have completed your meal it is expected that you pay the
bill and leave. There is no "relaxing with a drink
after dinner" tradition in Hong Kong as there is in some
parts of the world.