Celebrating 50 years of great dimsum with the Harbour City Group

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Habour City Group's Interactive 50th Year Exhibit at Ayala Center Cebu.
Habour City Group’s Interactive 50th Year Exhibit at Ayala Center Cebu.

The Harbour City Group, known for their original all-day dimsum dining experience, serving appetizing Chinese cuisine that’s become a Cebuano favorite, headlines its milestone celebration through the Interactive 50th Year Exhibit which traces the group’s history from its humble beginnings in 1969 to its growth and development in the 21st century.

This year marks the group’s golden anniversary, 50 years since it pioneered and introduced dimsum in Cebu. It started with Henry Uytengsu with the first Ding How on Colon Street in 1969. It has since been passed on to third generation of the family, much like how this beloved Cebu dimsum culture and dining has been passed on from one generation of diners to the next.

The milestone anniversary exhibit which displays colorful and picturesque backdrops and life-sized models of their famous dishes and icons provides guests with an immersive experience. This is part a series of events to pay tribute to its heritage as they give thanks to generations of Cebuanos who have patronized its dishes and to move full steam ahead towards the future.

The first leg of the exhibit is happening from June 1 to 14, 2019 at Level 1 of Ayala Center Cebu (near Shiseido), followed by Robinsons Galleria Cebu from June 16 to 29 and SM City Cebu from July 1 to 11. It will then be brought to other major malls in Metro Cebu until August.

“Celebrating our 50th year is a milestone not many companies get to celebrate,” said Harbour City Group Marketing Manager Steven Kokseng.

“This celebration is the perfect opportunity to show our gratitude to everyone who has helped bring us to where we are now,” he added.

The celebration offers big anniversary deals and perks for dim sum lovers. Purchase the limited edition celebratory tumbler for only P50 and get a free bluetooth speaker for a minimum purchase of P1,200. Promo runs until June 15. Customers can also purchase dim sum favorites for only P50 from June 15 to Sept. 15, 2019 and buy snack-sized noodles for P50 between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. from July 1 to September 30, 2019. An added treat for those celebrating their 50th birthday is that they will get a 50 percent discount on the bill if they dine at Ding Qua Qua and Harbour City for the whole year.

“Dimsum Through the Years Currently,” the homegrown Harbour City Dimsum House Co. Inc. operates Ding How, Ding Qua Qua, Harbour City and Dimsum Break. The group has 35 restaurants nationwide including Metro Cebu, Tagbilaran, Dumaguete, Ormoc, Tacloban, Iloilo, Cagayan, Butuan, General Santos and Davao.

The steamed fried rice or “steamed rice” as Cebuanos know it, is an iconic Cebu dish that originated from the kitchens of Ding How. Other notable favorites include different varieties of shaomai, spring rolls, steamed hakao and beef sate noodles. From the success of Ding How emerged Ding Qua Qua in 1987, which later evolved to the Dimsum-All-You-Can experience it is known for today. Sister brand Harbour City also provided customers with the classic dim sum and tea house push cart experience while staying true to tradition.

In 1996, Dimsum Break was established to cater to the modern fast-paced lifestyle. Whether it’s the first ever Ding How on Colon Street in 1969, the institutional Ding Qua Qua on Mango Avenue for Generation X or Y, or Harbour City and Dimsum Break when the big malls opened during the turn of the millennium, there is a Harbour City Group brand that evokes fond memories for every generation.

For more information, like and follow @DingHowDimsum, @DingQuaQua, @HarbourCityDimsum and @DimsumBreak on Facebook. Share your dim sum experience on social media by using the hashtags #HarbourCityAt50, #CebuDimsum and #50YearsofGreatDimsum.

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