29 Best (And Weirdest) Dim Sum Spots in Hong Kong, Winter 2019
Dim Sum. Trying to get to figure out Hong Kong’s best dim sum restaurant is as hard as snagging a seat on the MTR on Friday. From Insta-worthy piggy buns to 2am dim sum post-LEVELS, here’s a breakdown of Hong Kong’s best dim sum restaurants.
Best Bang for Your Buck
So you’d think we would say Tim Ho Wan, right? Nope. They were sooooo last year. As gobsmacking as Tim Ho Wan was, we’ve tried Dim Dim Sum a dozen times, and everytime, we think they’re hands down better than Tim’s. Oh well. They have a non-English menu (just ask), but our favourites are hands-down the Stuffed Bean Curd Wraps in Mushroom Soup, Steamed Fish Maw and Chicken with Sand Ginger Sauce, and Deep Fried Wontons with Sweet and Sour Sauce. I would skip the carb-heavy Noodles and Dessert sections of the menu, though--nothing to write home about.
26-28 Man Wui St, Jordan
7 Tin Lok Ln, Bowrington
Ok. We cheated. But, Michelin-starred Shang Palace has a secret HKD$200 (that's just $25 bucks for our American folks) weekend early-bird menu that’s not even listed on their website. It’s so secret, that we had to phone a few times to get the to confirm its existence. But, dine between 10:30am - 12:00pm on weekends, and enjoy Michelin-starred nosh at just HKD$200 per head with their Dim Sum Set Menu. Shhh...
64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong
Best Local Hangout
Opening its doors at 3am, Sun Hing has made a name for themselves as the hotspot for retirees looking to chill out. Beware: there’s no physical menus here (gasp!), so be prepared to decipher the decade-old polarids with English scribbles adorning the walls to figure out what you want. Oh, tables are also a scarace commodity here, so be prepared to share. Other than that, you’re good to go.
Sai Wan, 士美非路8號, Markfield Building
Best for Al Fresco Dim Sum
Thinking Duddell’s? Nope. House of Jasmine in Harbour City, again is one of the city’s best kept secrets, thanks to its massive al fresco dining patio with 270 views of the Harbour: you just wouldn’t know that judging by the Onyx clad exterior. Try their Dim Sum signatures in the gilded bird age as well as the Crispy Pork Belly. Service here is a bit lacking, but who cares, when you’ve snagged a table outside?
Harbour Centre, Level 4 Ocean Centre, Shop 402, Tsim Sha Tsui
Best Dim Sum with a View
Perched 100+ stories at The Ritz-Carlton, Tin Lung Heen offers voracious views of Kowloon, Hong Kong, and beyond, with a price to match. Try the Steamed Turnip Cake with Fish Maw in X.O. Chili Sauce as well as Baked Middle East Yoshihama Abalone Puff. Knock them back with a few gulps of Iron Buddha Shui Hsien Chinese Tea while you’re at it.
International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui
Ok we cheated. Again. But, if you’re looking at fab views go to Symphony by Jade or even Banqueting House (more on them later). Symphony by Jade offers floor-to-ceiling views of Hong Kong Island from its perch in Tsim Sha Tsui’s Cultural Center with delish food to match. So, if you don’t have $1,000 to drop (tsk tsk TIn Lung Heen), hit up Symphony by Jade.
Other worthy contenders include One Harbour Road (pricey) and Above & Beyond.
1-2/F, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Restaurant Block, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Best Unlimited Dim Sum
This place feels like a dungeon. Literally. There are no windows, and the interior feels more like a nightclub than a classy dim sum joint. Given that it’s housed at the W Hong Kong, we’re not surprised…Anywho, Sing Yin offers an all you can eat (read: stuff yourself as much as humanly possible) dim sum on weekends for a banging $195. Beware: You only have three ‘chances’ to order, but they have hands-down high-quality choices. Scratch in a few orders of XYZ, ABC, and 123 to get your money’s worth here.
1/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui
Best to Splurge
Three Michelin-starred T’ang Court (there are only three other Chinese restaurants in the world with three Michelin stars, folks) is a worthy splurge. With a nod to the classic timelessness surrounding the Tang Dynasty, T’ang Court beckons with a dim sum menu featuring a handful varieties of dim sum and signature dishes all prepared fresh from their kitchen daily. Apart from the usual suspects of har gau, siew mai, and cheong fun, look for ABC, XYZ, and 123 at T’ang.
8 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Best Push Cart Dim Sum
This retro classic Cantonese Teahouse in the heart of Central produces traditional dim sum nosh, and super popular amongst locals. Look for harried dim ladies pushing rickkety trolleys brimming full of Hong Kong’s finest. Service here—if you can call it that—is definitely far from your five star, but the shoddy service is made up for diehard Canto dishes you can’t seem to find anywhere else. Siu Mai topped with bits of liver. Chinese sausage rolls. You get the point. Other worthy contenders for push cart dim sum? Maxim’s Palace at City Hall is also a must-try.
162 Wellington St, Sheung Wan
Dim Sum with a Twist
Amidst Sheung Wan’s antique dealers lies an unlikely gem: Man Mo Café. Opened by Swiss-born chef Nicolas Elalouf, Man Mo offers traditional Cantonese delights, but with a European twist. Knock back a few Truffle Brie Dumplings, Scallop Xiao Long Bao, and Crispy Shrimp Wontons.
Wah Koon Building, 40 Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan
Best Place to See & Be Seen
The gilded entrance, and parade of Rolls Royce’s coming and going doesn’t belie Fook Lam Moon’s status at the celebrity haunt in town (hint: there’s always a slew of blinged out cars and macho-looking bodyguards out at the front). Look for white-gloved service, and a price to match. Our favourites? The signaure shrimp cheung fun features an extra crispy bean curd sheet that adds another dimension of texture to this Cantonese stalwart.
Johnston Rd, 35-45號Shop 3, G/F
Best for Power Lunch Meetings
One Michelin-starred Duddell’s boasts an elegant ambiance with fab dim sum and Cantonese soups to match. It’s elegant ambiance and rooftop bar make it the perfect pad for a lunchtime meeting or a mid-day pick-me-up. Your pick.
Level 3 Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St, Central
Best for Instagram
You know those astonishing custard buns that seem to light up you and your GF’s Instagram feed like no other? Well, YUM CHA has attracted a cult following based on their restaurants featuring traditional custad buns, but with a twist. Their custard buns comes with “eyes” and are meant to be poked open and squeezed before eating. Cue the IG feed.
Nan Fung Tower, 2/F, Nan Fung Place,, 173 Des Voeux Rd Central, Central
3/F, 20-22, Granville Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Best Vegetarian Dim Sum
Sure, vegetarian dim sum might conjure images of soggy radish buns, and just plain nasty dim sum nosh, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Pure Veggie House—adeptly named—belies what’s on tap. Look for dishes sans MSG and artiificial colouring, an d instead veggie-focused dishes such as Mushroom dumplings with fragrant truffles or their version of Siu Mai, which consists of sticky rice and spinach.
3/F, Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong, China
Best Decked Out
Designed by Joyce Wang and the Maximal Concepts Tteam, Mott 32 is housed in an ornate, dark, but spacious loft-like area underneath the StanChart building in the heart of Central. Many of the dishes here are classic Cantom, but elevated thanks to globally-sourced ingredients such as Australian Wagyu beef or prime Iberico pork. The Iberico pork is used for—wait for it—their signature char siu. Yellow Mountain honey glaze. Perfectly charred. Juicy in the inside. Fuck yeah.
Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Rd Central, Central
Best Kept Secret
Nestled on the 12th floor of the The ONE in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, East Ocean dishes out soaring views, high-quality nosh, and sensational value. Here’s why: this ‘restaurnat’ acts as a wedding rendezvous point in the evening thanks to its drop-dead gorgeous views of Victoria Harbour and beyond. During the day, they dish out dim sum with high-quality ingredients in a ever-changing menu. Given its name as a wedding event space, most locals don’t even know about the dim sum served here. And for good measure.
L12, The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Best Shanghainese Dim Sum (i.e. Xiaolong Bao)
Move over Din Tai Fung. There’s a new hotspot to the Din Tai Fung’s long lines, watered down teas, and surly waitstaff. Michelin-starred Ye Shanghai is a favourite haunt for families, but the atmosophere at this Shanghainese restaurant is relaxed and unpretentious.
Shop 332, 3/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
Best for Modern Dim Sum
A tradition that is anything but dim, dim sum at Social Place promises classic dishes, with a modern twist (think: Aged Balsamic Chicken Wings, “Turtle” Barbecue Pork Buns, Sweet Potato “Piggy” Buns, and more). Dim sum. For a younger crowd.
The L. Place, 139 Queen's Road Central, Central
Best for Large Groups
Finidng a place that dishes up quality nosh with large enough tables (to house the team) sure ain’t easy. Luckily, Chiu Chow Garden both offer plenty of outlets (Tsim Sha Tsui, Sheung Wan, Central, Admiralty, and Taikoo) and shoots out consisteny bamboo steamers ful of everything from Chiu Chow Dumplings to Fried Spring Rolls. If it’s the end of the month, and money’s tight, you can always head over after 2pm where all dim sum baskets (large, medium, and small) clock at just $18 each. Deal.
Shop 21, Basement, Jardine House, Central, Hong Kong
3/F, Infinitus Plaza, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Best for its Dungeon-like Atmosphere
Similar to Sing Yin, Hoi King Heen at the Grand Stanford has an aversion to windows (there are none to be found). Instead, you’ll find walls decked out with orietnal carvings, and Chinese wallpaper. Atleast the food here, makes up for the view (or lack thereof).
70 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East
Best for its Secret Chef
Run by a mystery chef with the pseudonym “Master Black,” Ding Dim 1968 offers a comforting and intimate experience replete with bamboo baskets, bird cages, and ceiling fans to boot. Their must-try dish is their Xiao Long Bao with Pork & Crab and Black Truffle Topping. It’s basically a bastardized, modern version of the Xiao Long Bao in most Shanghainese restaurants. Rumor has it that the chef has worked in multiple Michelin-starred kitchens in the city, so it sure is worth a bite.
59 Wyndham Street, Central
Best for Michelin-Starred Dim Sum
Well, it *had* a Michelin Star. Back in 2017. Still, the food (and crowds) for that matter, can’t be beaten. Make sure to try their Steamed Shrimp Dumplings, Steamed Garlic Ribs, and Steamed Prawns over Rice. They’re cheap and delicious.
G/F 209A-209B Tung Choi Street Prince Edward
Tim Ho Wan. They made cheap (and delish) dim sum famous. But, tl;dr, their outlets can be completely stuffed at all hours of the day. So, I honestly prefer YUM CHA and Dim Dim Sum if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck. But, if you’re really focused on getting some Tim Ho Wan grub, make sure to order their Pan-Fried Turnip Cakes, Baked BBQ Pork Buns, Shrimp & Chive Dumplings, and Deep Fried Dumplings with pork.
TIP: If you’re dining at the Hong Kong Station (IFC Mall) location, skip the line for a table, and order takeout instead. You can hop on the elevators and take it up to the podium where you can dine al fresco with views of Kowloon, to boot.
Hong Kong Island
Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station (Podium Level 1, IFC Mall)
Shop 72, G/F, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui
[This place is located outside of the Olympian City mall. Just exit the double doors opposite of the gigantic MUJI store]
Best New Dim Sum Concept
As one of the newest dim sum concepts in town, TYFUN borrows many of YUM CHA’s whimsical creations, and adds their own creative twist. Look for traditional Cantonese dishes with an artsy take including their goldfish dumplings and panda buns. What’s not to like?
Tyfun, Shop 401A, 4/F, Lee Garden One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay,
Best For A Date
Nestled in the swanky confines of Pacific Place, and just footsteps away from GOYARD, Louis Vuitton, and the gang, Dim Sum Library brings a refined elegance to a Chinese classic. Look for dim sum with international touches such as Hokkaido King Crab and Sea Urchin Spring Rolls and Black Truffle Har Gau Shrimp Dumplings.
124/Level 1, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Best For Halal Dim Sum
At the Islamic Center Canteen, get ready to nosh on dim sum delights, halal style. Opened in 2005 by the Islamic Union of Hong Kong, this bustling canteen replaces pork-based dim sum with Muslim-acceptable shrimp varieties and chicken. It’s the only Cantonese halal based pad in town.
Masjid Ammar And Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, 40 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, Yat Sin St, Wan Chai,