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Duddell's dim sum
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The best dim sum in Hong Kong

It's all that and dim sum!

By Time Out Hong Kong
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Ask a dozen Hongkongers where to get the best dim sum in Hong Kong and you’ll likely get a dozen different answers. Dim sum is a huge part of Hong Kong's unique heritage and cultural identity and therefore, also a big part of our diet. There’s everything from white tablecloth establishments housed inside luxury hotels to neighbourhood gems that are still rough-around-the-edges, but almost equal in quality. Such diversity can be a little overwhelming for the uninitiated, but that’s what we’re here for. Ahead 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

Duddell's
Duddell's
Photograph: Courtesy Duddell's

Duddell’s

Restaurants Chinese Central

Duddell’s loves art. And Duddell’s loves food. This results in Duddell’s offering hearty, and somewhat arty, dim sum. Sure, the offerings here may not be the most economical in town but the dim sum here ranks among some of the best. Our favourites are the abalone puffs with diced chicken, the classic barbecued pork buns, truffled fried Omnipork dumplings, and garoupa dumplings with shrimp and spicy termite mushroom that taste as good as it looks. 

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, and Above & Beyond at Hotel Icon doesn’t disappoint. The standard of dim sum here is excellent. 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.

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Lin Heung  Sheung Wan
Lin Heung  Sheung Wan
Photograph: Ann Chiu

Lin Heung Tea House

Restaurants Sheung Wan

Lin Heung Tea House is one of the oldest traditional Cantonese restaurants on the block and only serves dim sum during the day. They offer main courses at night. Offering classic style dim sum, their big buns, pork liver siu mai, and steamed turnip cakes always hit the spot. 

Tin Lung Heen
Tin Lung Heen
Photograph: Facebook/RitzCarltonHongKong

Tin Lung Heen

Restaurants Chinese West Kowloon

Incredible dim sum up in the clouds. That’s what you get at this two Michelin-starred restaurant 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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Rùn char siu
Rùn char siu
Photograph: Courtesy Rùn

Rùn

Restaurants Wan Chai

The Chinese restaurant inside The St Regis Hong Kong does the classy hotel proud, with some equally elegant dim sum offerings. Helmed by chef Hung Chi-Kwong, Rùn was awarded one Michelin star in the latest guide, and for good reason. His innovative approach to classics has become fast favourites with noteworthy dishes, including the char siu and wagyu puffs that are executed exceptionally well.

Celestial Court dim sum
Celestial Court dim sum
Photograph: Courtesy Celestial Court

Celestial Court

Restaurants Chinese Tsim Sha Tsui

The dim sum at this Cantonese restaurant in the Sheraton has a traditional feel to it, and nearly all of the dim sum offerings are close to perfection, including the char siu bao, deep-fried vegetarian spring rolls and deep-fried shrimp spring roll with sea urchin. Dim sum literally means to ‘touch your heart’, and the dishes at this Tsim Sha Tsui restaurant do just that to us. 

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Mott32
Mott32
Photograph: Mott 32

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. Opt for the Iberico char siu or the famous roast duck and be amazed by how these simple dishes are elevated by superior ingredients. 

Custard buns
Custard buns
Photograph: Courtesy Sun Hing Restaurant

Sun Hing Restaurant

Restaurants Chinese Kennedy Town

For stomach-filling dim sum that’s not only delicious but also very accessible, Sun Hing is your answer. This humble little dim sum joint is made for night owls thanks to its 2am 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.

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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.

Tim Ho Wan
Tim Ho Wan
Photograph: Courtesy of Tim Ho Wan

Tim Ho Wan

Restaurants North Point

Since this neighbourhood dim sum spot won a Michelin award, long queues started to form every day, 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 it hasn't budged on its deliciously low prices, which is a win-win situation if you ask us. The dim sum is not overly creative, but it's consistent and hits the spot whenever you need it.

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Yum Cha's green tea custard molten buns
Yum Cha's green tea custard molten buns
Photograph: Courtesy Yum Cha

Yum Cha

Restaurants Sheung Wan

Featuring supremely scrummy baos and dumplings, Yum Cha also boasts quality ingredients and serve their dim sum in cute presentations. 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 adorable. Time Out recommends the barbecued piggy buns, hot custard buns, and apple egg tartlets.

Dim sum at Dimdimsum
Dim sum at Dimdimsum
Photo: Ken W.K. Wong

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 quality of the dishes. From har gow and siu mai to char siu bao, Dimdimsum is fast becoming a Hong Kong fixture in all our diets.

Dim sum 101

What dim sum to order

Restaurants Chinese

For unsure yum cha guests, check out our guide for a lowdown on the best dim sum items to order and where to find them.

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