Cebuanos were introduced to dimsum through Ding How on Colon Street in the 1960s and its steamed rice dish started out purely as a Cebu thing before it became a nationwide favorite.

As the group behind Cebu’s dimsum culture and such iconic restaurants as Ding How, Ding Qua Qua, Dimsum Break, and Harbour City celebrates its milestone 50th year, it’s offering big anniversary deals for dimsum lovers.

The Harbour City Group marks its golden anniversary this 2019, 50 years since it introduced dimsum cuisine in Cebu, with a series of events that pay tribute to its heritage and give thanks to the generations of Cebuanos who have patronized their food products.

DIMSUM EXHIBIT. These giant models of the Harbour City Group’s famous dishes are on exhibit in Cebu City malls to mark the company’s 50th year.

Dimsum dining experience

It was Henry Uytengsu who started the business, now passed on the third generation of the family in the same way that dimsum dining has cut across generations of Cebuano diners.

“My father Henry loved Chinese food and he loved to share this passion with everyone else,” said Harbour City Group Director Lorraine Uytengsu-Calisang. “A single branch led to another and then another, and now we have a whole stable of restaurant brands all serving traditional, authentic, and time-honored family recipes,” she added.

The Harbour City Group restaurants are known for its authentic and all-day dimsum dining experience, serving appetizing Chinese cuisine that has become a homegrown favorite and now shared across the nation.

The steamed fried rice or “steamed rice” is an iconic Cebu dish that originated in the kitchens of Ding How. The Shaomai, Spring Rolls, Steamed Hakao, and Beef Sate Noodles are other dining favorites.


The Harbour City Group restaurants are known for its authentic and all-day dimsum dining experience, serving appetizing Chinese cuisine that has become a homegrown favorite and now shared across the nation.

Tribute to heritage

In celebration of its milestone anniversary, it has lined up a series of events to pay tribute to its heritage, beginning with an Interactive 50th Year Exhibit tracing the group’s history from its humble beginnings in 1969 to its growth and development in the 21st century.

Featuring colorful and picturesque backdrops and life-sized models of the company’s famous dishes and icons, the exhibit will be in the following venues: Level 1 of Ayala Center Cebu up to June 14, Robinsons Galleria Cebu from June 16 to 29, and SM City Cebu from July 1 to 11.

“Celebrating our 50th year is a milestone not many companies get to celebrate,” said Harbour City Group Marketing Manager Steven Kokseng. He added that “this celebration is the perfect opportunity to show our gratitude to everyone who has helped bring us to where we are now.”

Deals for dimsum lovers

Big deals are in store for dimsum lovers throughout the year. They can purchase a limited edition celebratory tumbler for only P50 and get a free bluetooth speaker for a minimum order of P1,200 up until June 15.

Customers can also purchase dimsum favorites for only P50 from June 15-September 15, 2019. Customers can purchase, and order snack-sized noodles for P50 between 2-5 p.m. from July 1-September 30, 2019. Those celebrating their 50th birthdays get 50 percent discount on the bill if they dine in Ding Qua Qua and Harbour City anytime during the year.

“The entire year is filled with activities meant to be celebrated within the organization as well as activities intended to give back to generations or loyal customers,” Kokseng said.

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Harbour City Group milestones

After Ding How, the company opened Ding Qua Qua in 1987 that later evolved to today’s Dimsum-All-You-Can experience. Sister brand Harbour City provides customers with the classic dimsum and tea house pushcart experience. In 1996, Dimsum Break was established to cater to the modern fast-paced lifestyle.

The Harbour City Dimsum House Co., Inc. operates Ding How, Ding Qua Qua, Harbour City, and Dimsum Break. It now has 35 restaurants nationwide, including Metro Cebu, Tagbilaran, Dumaguete, Ormoc, Tacloban, Iloilo, Cagayan, Butuan, General Santos, and Davao.

To stay updated on their dining offers, like and follow @DingHowDimsum, @DingQuaQua, @HarbourCityDimsum, and @DimsumBreak on Facebook.

Share your dimsum experience on social media with the hashtag #HarbourCityAt50, #CebuDimsum, and #50YearsofGreatDimsum.

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