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Hong Kong’s best dim sum

Dim sum in Hong Kong is a must-try experience – from traditional dim sum spots, to some of the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurants in the world

By Time Out Hong Kong
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Ask a dozen Hongkongers where to get Hong Kong’s best dim sum and you’ll probably get a dozen separate answers. Like, say, ramen joints in Tokyo or pizza parlours in New York, there’s a stunning variety of dim sum restaurants here. There’s everything from fancy white tablecloth establishments housed inside luxury hotels to scruffy, rough-around-the-edges – but almost equal in quality – neighbourhood spots. And just because one place serves excellent siu mai doesn’t necessarily mean it serves equally great xiao long bao. Adding further to the variation (and confusion), the same dish can differ from one restaurant to the next – do you prefer your char siu bao steamed and fluffy or baked and crisp?

Such diversity can be a little overwhelming for the uninitiated, but that’s what we’re here for. Below is a list of the very best dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong. The settings may vary, but just about everything they serve is highly recommended.

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Hong Kong’s best dim sum

Above and Beyond dim sum
Above and Beyond dim sum
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Above & Beyond

Restaurants Chinese Tsim Sha Tsui East

There’s no point in a restaurant boasting a great sky-high view if the dishes don't reach the same dizzying heights. Above & Beyond at Hotel Icon doesn’t disappoint. The dim sum here is heavenly. We reckon you should leave your choices in the chefs’ hands at lunch and go for treats like the steamed lobster dumplings with salmon roe, the deep-fried shrimp paste roll with truffle sauce and the baked crab meat pie with wild mushroom. There’s a reason this place has been showered with awards over the years.

Celestial Court

Restaurants Chinese Tsim Sha Tsui

The dim sum at this Cantonese restaurant in the Sheraton is award-winning. There’s a traditional feel and authentic taste to all the fare and nearly all of the offerings are close to perfection, including its char siu baos, deep-fried vegetarian spring rolls and deep-fried shrimp spring roll with sea urchin. Dim sum literally means to ‘touch your heart’. The dishes and the surroundings at this Tsim Sha Tsui restaurant do just that to us. 

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Dim sum at Dimdimsum
Dim sum at Dimdimsum
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Dimdimsum

Restaurants Chinese Jordan

There’s a good few Dimdimsums across town. These restaurants are the perfect places to take someone who you’re introducing to Hong Kong’s versions of this traditional Chinese style of cuisine. All the usual suspects are on the menu and they all come at pretty reasonable prices given the excellent quality of the dishes. From the har gow and siu mai to the char siu baos, Dimdimsum is fast becoming a Hong Kong institution.

Duddell’s

Restaurants Chinese Central

Duddell’s loves its art. And Duddell’s loves its food. This, therefore, means Duddell’s loves its arty, hearty dim sum. Yeah, the offerings here may not be the cheapest in town but they rank among some of the tastiest. Our favourites are the abalone puffs with diced chicken for $88 a pop but we also rave about the truffled fried omnipork dumpling, the garoupa dumpling with shrimp and spicy termite mushroom and the crispy taro puff with scallop and crab meat in red vinasse. To knock out food as good as this is an art in itself.

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Fook Lam Moon dim sum
Fook Lam Moon dim sum
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Fook Lam Moon

Restaurants Chinese Wan Chai

Steamed minced pork dumplings with Fook Lam Moon’s stock. Steamed rice rolls with fresh shrimps. Pan-fried taro cakes with preserved meat. Honey-glazed char siu. Steamed lotus seed paste buns with salted egg yolk – we could go on and on. And these aren’t even our favourite dishes at this restaurant, which has outlets on the Island, in Kowloon and over in Macau. Dine on some of the best traditional-style dim sum in town at this Hong Kong institution. 

John Anthony
John Anthony
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John Anthony

Restaurants Chinese Causeway Bay

This high-end sustainable restaurant makes traditional Chinese cuisine with modern sensibilities in mind, whilst taking inspiration from ingredients found along the Spice Routes, a network of sea routes that link the east with the west. The double-boiled “Buddha Over the Wall” premium dried seafood soup dumpling and the pan-fried chorizo radish cake are to die for. Not to mention the steamed rice roll with soft shell crab and squid ink – John Anthony serves some of the most innovative dim sums we’ve seen thus far.

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Man Mo Dim Sum

Restaurants Sheung Wan

Man Mo is a fusion dim sum place that is truly creative in the way they transform Cantonese cuisines into something really quite artsy. Our favourites and the most impressionable ones are, of course, the foie gras xiao long bao, truffle brie dumpling, tom yum xiao long bao and the burger bun. If you’re looking for a little bit more than dim sum, make sure to give the kung fu crème brûlée a try too.

Mott32 dim sum
Mott32 dim sum
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Mott 32

Restaurants Chinese Central

Named after New York’s first Chinese grocery store, Mott 32 represents the epitome of ‘east meets west’. Both the food and décor reflect the ethos of the restaurant. Chinese historical decorations along with classic Chinese dishes, all served with a Western twist, result in a delectable dining extravaganza. Plump for some Iberico char siu or the famous roast duck and be amazed by how these simple dishes are elevated by the superior ingredients. 

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Custard buns
Custard buns
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Sun Hing Restaurant

Restaurants Chinese Kennedy Town

For stomach-filling dim sum that’s not only delicious but also dirt cheap, Sun Hing is your answer. This humble little dim sum joint is made for night owls thanks to its 3am opening hours. Unlike most restaurants, customers don’t get to just pick and choose off the menu. Instead, the dim sum here comes fresh out of the steamer, and servers will go to each table asking if there are any takers once the food’s ready. The leftovers are then stacked together on a side table, where customers can later go back to take what they want to eat. It really doesn't get more Hong Kong than this.

sun tung lok crab
sun tung lok crab
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Sun Tung Lok

Restaurants Chinese Tsim Sha Tsui

Awarded two stars in the most recent Michelin Guide, Sun Tung Lok was founded nearly 50 years ago by the Yuen family and has been recognised for its excellence by Michelin since 2011. Seasonal dim sum offerings not to miss include steamed minced pork dumpling with hairy crab meat and yolk, as well as pan-fried rice flour roll with Chinese leek, oyster, shrimp and egg..

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Tim Ho Wan
Tim Ho Wan
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Tim Ho Wan

Restaurants North Point

Since this neighbourhood dim sum spot won a Michelin award, long queues have begun to form every morning, full of anxious people waiting to get a bite of what is considered to be some of the city’s best dim sum. The restaurant specialises in traditional Hong Kong dumplings and haven’t budged on its deliciously low prices.

Tin Lung Heen
Tin Lung Heen
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Tin Lung Heen

Restaurants Chinese West Kowloon

Incredible dim sum up in the clouds. That’s what you get at this two Michelin-starred eatery 102 floors up the ICC in Kowloon. Welcome to the highest Chinese restaurant in the city, helmed by chef Paul Lau, who knocks up incredible dim sum creations here like the pan-fried turnip cake with XO chilli sauce, the steamed pork and shrimp dumpling with scallop and conpoy and the baked middle east Yoshihama abalone puff.

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Yum Cha's green tea custard molten buns
Yum Cha's green tea custard molten buns
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Yum Cha

Restaurants Sheung Wan

Featuring supremely scrummy baos and dumplings, this spot also boasts quality ingredients and cutesy presentation. It’s the place to hit up if you want to enjoy Chinese classics alongside a casual vibe. Don’t miss out on the little buns shaped like pigs and podgy faces. Seriously cute. Time Out recommends Barbecued piggy buns, hot custard buns, apple egg tartlets. 

Dim sum 101

What dim sum to order

Restaurants Chinese

Whether you're a yum cha nut or a dumpling uninitiated, our dim sum 101 guide gives you the lowdown on the best dumplings and where to find them.

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