This small Central eatery serves siu mai with a variety of little twists. One version comes topped with black truffle for an unusual salty and savoury flavour profile. Another variation features quail egg, which is both rich and filling. You can’t go wrong either way. If these combos sound too outlandish, the restaurant also serves a decent standard siu mai with crab roe.
From $34. 14D Elgin St, Central, 9698 1968; dingdim.com.
There’s no shortage of traditional dim sum places in Hong Kong but Jade Garden is one of the best. Founded in 1971, the restaurant offers excellent Cantonese fare in the heart of Kowloon Bay. Its pork siu mai dumplings are steamed and topped with crab roe, creating a soft yet chewy texture. They’re the perfect small bite before diving into some heftier mains.
From $34. Various locations inc Shop F20, Telford Plaza 1, 33 Wai Yip St, Kowloon Bay, 2758 2883; maximschinese.com.hk.
Mott 32 boasts an elegant interior courtesy of Joyce Wang and serves some of the city’s best Cantonese cuisine. The siu mai made with iberico pork comes in three flavours – quail egg and black truffle, South Australian scallop or spot prawn and flying fish roe. The quail egg and black truffle siu mai is the stand-out. It’s soft and tender inside and out and the velvety egg yolk makes for a delicious finish.
From $55. B/F, Standard Chartered Bank Bldg, 4-4A Des Voeux Rd C, Central, 2885 8688; mott32.com.
Nanhai No 1
Fancy some food with a view? Nanhai No 1, named after renowned Chinese admiral Zheng He’s 15th century ship, has a stunning harbour view and a collection of equally stunning vases that pay homage to the ship’s porcelain cargo when it sank off the Chinese coast. The simple but awesome siu mai here is a combination of pork and mushroom that fashions a familiar and comforting taste.
From $42. Shop 3001, 30/F, iSquare, 63 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2487 3688; elite-concepts.com.
This Central restaurant lives up to its name through its casual seating, modern interior and open kitchen. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy dim sum. The siu mai here is stuffed with spicy sticky rice. The result is an aesthetically unique and flavoursome packet that puts a fun spin on a Hong Kong classic.
From $49. 2/F, The L Place, 139 Queen’s Rd C, Central, 3568 9666; socialplace.hk.
Tsz Yuet Heen
Away from the hustle and bustle of Central and TST, Tsz Yuet Heen is a neighbourhood gem in Tseung Kwan O. The siu mai here is topped by delicious caviar, which elevates the dumpling with a nutty, briny taste to create a decadent and mouth watering delight.
From $52. 2/F, Crowne Plaza HK Kowloon East, 3 Tong Tak St, Tseung Kwan O, 3983 0688; ihg.com.