Dim Sum is a ritual in Hong Kong. It is a lifestyle, it is a past-time, it is quintessentially Hong Kong.
Many cultures have something similar like the Spanish tapas, the Italian cicheti and the Japanese izakaya, but dim sum is somewhat on a different level, very gastronomical and exquisite, and is truly special especially to us Asians.
From traditional dim sum teahouses, to the cheapest Michelin Starred dim sum restaurants, and very posh Chinese restaurants that offer an exquisite dining experience like no other – there are countless of dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong, and while the choices are mind-boggling to say the least, we have shortlisted our favourites to share with all of you.
Here is our guide to Hong Kong’s 15 Dim Sum Restaurants You Must Dine At.
#1 DIM DIM SUM
A place that serves affordable and creative dim sum is Dim Dim Sum, which has several outlets – Mong Kok, Sha Tin, Wan Chai and Jordan.
Besides the usual suspects like Har Gau (HK$28) and Siew Mai (HK$21), Dim Dim Sum also has a variety of interesting creations with a twist such as Pineapple Bun with custard and pineapple fillings (HK$19), Stuffed Eggplant (HK$21) with teriyaki sauce, and Pan-fried Lotus Root Cakes (HK$24).
The Salted Egg Yolk Custard Buns (HK$20) that come in piggy shapes is a good bet, and is very photogenic!
G/F, Man Wah Building
23 Man Ying Street, Jordan
Tel: +852 2771 7766
Daily: 10am – 1am
Nearest MTR: Jordan
Awarded with two stars in Michelin Guide Hong Kong 2015, Duddell’s at Central is one of the bests that we’ve dined at. It boasts an elegant ambiance with fine dim sum and Cantonese soups, and has a rooftop bar.
Good for lunch meetings, even better for unwinding after work if you need a drink or two. Duddell’s adds a touch of sexiness to the humdrum of the business district.
As for dim sum, Duddell’s offers the classic items that are presented in a refined manner. Shrimp Dumpling comes with Matsutake Mushroom (HK$60) or Fish Maw (HK$69), Pork Dumpling is served with scallop (HK$60), Mushroom Dumpling is topped with Black Truffle (HK$69), Abalone Puff with Chicken (HK$58)… You get the idea.
Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion
1 Duddell Street, Central
Tel: + 852 2525 9191
Mon to Sat: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Sun: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest MTR: Central
#3 DYNASTY RESTAURANT
Sitting within Renaissance Harbour View Hotel is Dynasty Restaurant, an elegant space that dishes out fine dim sum. The price tags may be on a steeper side, but that is because the kitchen is not stingy with their ingredients.
Some of the more popular dishes include Shrimp and Crabmeat Deep-Fried Toasts (HK$65), Quail Egg with Minced Shrimp and Pork Steamed Dumpling (HK$65), Barbecued Pork Bun (HK$58), and Black Truffle Sauce Vegetarian Dumpling (HK$58).
Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong
1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2584 6971
Mon to Sat: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Sun: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest MTR: Wan Chai
#4 FOOK LAM MOON
Frequented by the rich and famous personalities in Hong Kong, Fook Lam Moon is a 1-Michelin Starred restaurant that is renowned for its haute Cantonese cuisine. Dining here is not cheap at all; prices of dim sum range from HK$60 to HK$70.
While the items are all prepared with premium ingredients, the price tag is not for all to digest. The vibe can be a little pretentious too, but there is a reason why the high societies love it so much and why the place is always packed on weekends. Their dim sum is indeed pretty elegant.
Shop 3, G/F, Newman House
35-45 Johnston Road,, Wan Chai
Tel: +852 2866 0663
Daily: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Nearest MTR: Wan Chai
#5 FU SING SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Dim sum lovers, all hail Fu Sing Seafood Restaurant. The whole outlet looks traditional, but that is what makes them such an atmospheric spot for a dim sum meal. They are widely known for their shark’s fins, but we would take the dim sum any time.
Filled with the sweetest char siew fillings in a airily soft bun, Fu Sing’s Baked BBQ Pork Buns (HK$38) are the best that we’ve had in Hong Kong. We can never forget that pillowy bun that came with a full center of char siew fillings and a crusty pineapple-shaped top. Other than that, the Steamed Rice Rolls with Dough Stick (HK$48) and Steamed Shrimp Dumplings (HK$38) are really satisfying too.
Fu Sing Seafood Restaurant has three outlets in Hong Kong – Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and Central.
1/F, 68 Yee Woo Street, Causeway Bay
Tel: +852 2504 4228
Mon to Sat: 11am – 11pm
Sun & PH: 10.30am – 11pm
Nearest MTR: Causeway Bay
#6 LEI GARDEN
The most consistent Michelin Star Restaurant for dim sum? Lei Garden wins the award hands down.
Lei Garden is known for its weekend dim sum crowds, and it is little wonder given the quality of their dim sum. The food is consistently remarkable and always reliable no matter which branch you go to or when you visit. The Steamed Thousand Layers Sponge Cake (HK$32) was really soft and sweet, and the Steamed Custard Stuffed Buns (HK$32) with a flowy center left a deep impression on us.
10/F, Times Square
1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
Tel: +852 2506 3828
Nearest MTR: Causeway Bay
#7 LIN HEUNG TEAHOUSE
An institution in Hong Kong, Lin Heung Teahouse has been around for decades and it is one of the oldest teahouses in Hong Kong. Conveniently located at the bustling Wellington Street, Lin Heung offers a taste of Old Hong Kong, and is very well-loved by both locals and tourists alike.
Lin Heung Teahouse is as old-school as it gets; dim sum is served using trolleys the traditional way, and most of the staff have worked there for decades. If you get there early enough in the morning, you will find yourself among locals who have been dining there for many years.
The staff here tend to be ruder – especially to foreigners who cannot speak Cantonese – but that’s just part of the Hong Kong’s traditional dining culture, no?
160-164 Wellington Street
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2544 4556
Daily: 6am – 11pm, dim sum till 3.30pm
Nearest MTR: Sheung Wan
#8 LUK YU TEA HOUSE
Dining at Luk Yu Tea House – also one of the oldest dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong – is as though you were transported back in time to the 60′s. Very traditional with ancient touches of jades and marbles, Luk Yu Tea House actually looks and feels like a movie set. But we really love how atmospheric it is this way, less the gangsters, of course. Yes, it used to be a haunt for the biggest gangsters in town. Such history to speak of!
Prices are not cheap, but what you are paying for is the experience of dining at a traditional teahouse with authentic Hong Kong dim sum. Service is bad too – be prepared to face rude and nonchalant servers. If you are willing to overlook these, Luk Yu is still worth a visit for those who have never been. Don’t leave without trying the Siew Mai with Pork Liver.
24-26 Stanley Street
Tel: +852 2523 5464
Daily: 7am – 9pm
Nearest Station: Central
The flagship outlet at City Hall offers the most quintessential Hong Kong dim sum experience. Accommodate 500 guests at one go, Maxim’s Palace is massive and it is noisy. It ranks top for its authenticity by retaining its practice of serving dim sum on trolleys – the good ol’ traditional way.
There will be 18 trolleys – filled with a hundred varieties of dim sum and signature dishes that are all prepared fresh from the kitchen daily – going around the dining hall, and you pick what you like. No matter how many times you go back, there is always something familiar to pick from among your favourite dishes, as well as something new to try.
Apart from the usual suspects like har gau, siew mai and chee cheong fun, you can also find mouth-watering and refined Cantonese fare that is prepared with a sheer passion for Canton-style cooking. Its signature dishes include Deep-fried Prawns with Mango Salad Dressing, Deep-fried Sliced Garoupa with Sweet Corn Sauce,
3/F, City Hall 5-7 Edinburgh Place
Tel: +852 2521 1303
Mon to Sat: 11am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 11pm
Sun & PH: 9am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Central
With just one nondescript and humble outlet in Prince Edward, One Dim Sum has been in the spotlight ever since they earned their one Michelin star in 2012. Even though it did not retain the Michelin star, the queue at the restaurant remains the same every day – it is mostly packed with regulars who return again and again for its much-lauded dim sum.
Everything on the menu is pleasantly affordable. You can expect your everyday dim sum selection, special creations and daily surprises that can be found on the black board. And nothing is above HK$26.
Choose from the classic favourites like Baked Barbecue Pork Bun (HK$15 for a plate of 3), Steamed Siew Mai (HK$24 for a basket of 4), Steamed Vermicelli Roll with Deep Fried Flour Roll (HK$17 per portion), Steam Cake in Mala Style (HK$16).
There is something so enchanting about enjoying a cheap dim sum meal while being surrounded by locals, and trying to understand all their concurrent Cantonese conversations.
Shop 1 & 2, G/F, Kenwood Mansion
15 Playing Field Road, Prince Edward
Tel: +852 2789 2280
Mon to Fri: 11am – 12.30 midnight
Sat & Sun: 10am – 12.30 midnight
Nearest MTR: Prince Edward (Exit A)
#11 SUN HING RESTAURANT
If you are feeling peckish in the middle of the night, head over to Sun Hing Restaurant in Kennedy Town. It opens from 3am till 4pm the next day. It is very chaotic in there though, so do not linger. Just eat and go.
There is a dim sum counter where you can pick your dim sum, and the staff often brings out special dishes that are freshly prepared every hour. We observed and noticed the locals actually sit around to wait for these random specials. Anyway, be sure to try the much-lauded Custard Bun. Most dim sum dishes are priced below HK$20.
Shop C, G/F, 8 Smithfield Road
Tel: +852 2816 0616
Daily: 3am – 4pm
Nearest MTR: Kennedy Town
#12 TIM HO WAN
Tim Ho Wan shot to fame being the original poster boy as the cheapest One-Michelin Starred Dim Sum Restaurant. Within a few years, its dim sum empire has expanded to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Sydney.
We used to be big fans of Tim Ho Wan as it was really good and cheap. But prices have gone up significantly and the standard is no longer as good as before. That said, if you have never tried Tim Ho Wan before and do not mind to wait in line, it is still worth a visit. Tim Ho Wan may no longer be the cheapest dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong, but it still has several things going for it. The much-lauded Baked BBQ Pork Bun alone is reason enough for you to visit them.
G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street
Sham Shui Po
Tel: +852 2788 1226
Daily: 8am – 10pm
Nearest MTR: SHam Shui Po
#13 TIN LUNG HEEN
For dim sum with a view, no one can beat Tin Lung Heen at the swanky Ritz Carlton Hong Kong. Perched at the top of the commerce building, Tin Lung Heen is perhaps the highest Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong and it offers unparalleled views of city’s skyline.
The menu sprawls across many categories, including roast meat, vegetables, dim sum, but the must-try dish is its Kurobuta Pork. The excellent dim sum offerings, coupled with the amazing view and excellent service, make Tin Lung Heen a destination Hong Kong for dim sum lovers.
102/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
International Commerce Centre
1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 2263 2270
Mon to Fri: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest MTR: Kowloon
#14 WEST VILLA
Yet another old and traditional-looking outlet is West Villa at Causeway Bay. We learned of the countless raves about them, but strange enough, while the ambiance is that of the typical Hong Kong dim sum house, we were not particularly impressed.
Alright, food was decent though. They take their braise seriously, and the Goose Webs with Abalone Sauce (S$70) is a bestseller. The roast options are worth ordering too – Sliced BBQ Pork (S$88), Cantonese Roasted Pork (S$118) and Roasted Baby Pigeon (S$68).
5/F Lee Gardens One
33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay
Tel: +852 2882 2100
Mon to Sat: 11am – 11.30pm
Sun: 10am – 11.30pm
Nearest MTR: Causeway Bay
#15 YAN TOH HEEN
Known for its refined Cantonese cuisine, Yan Toh Heen is a 2-Michelin Starred restaurant at Intercontinental Hong Kong. Start with the Yan Toh Heen Three Trios (HK$158) – a dim sum platter of Puff Pastry with crabmeat, mango and avocado; Bun with Duck Liver and Taro; and Crispy Rice Paper Roll with Seafood, Peach and Almonds. Other interesting dim sum options include Baked Roasted Duck & Taro Buns (HK$66), Wok-seared Buns with Wagyu Beef and Cumin (HK$60).
Yah Toh Heen’s Peking Duck (HK$1,180) is also one of the best in Hong Kong. What makes the Peking Duck here different is the condiments and sauces. It is served with six condiments that include green papaya, cucumber, red chilli, pineapple, yuzu and spring onion; as well as three different sauces – traditional sweet sauce, osmanthus plum sauce, and black garlic chilli sauce.
G/F, InterContinental Hong Kong
18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 2721 1211
Mon to Sat: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 11pm
Sun & PH: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Tsim Sha Tsui