Get your fill of this classic with our guide to the best dim sum restaurants in the city.
A Hong Kong classic, when it comes to dim sum, there’s a dish for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re partial to siu mai, always opt for har gow, or want to keep the char siu bao all to yourself, there are plenty of amazing spots in the city to suit every occasion and taste. So, whether you want to experience a bustling local spot, or are after a more modern and refined offering, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong.
City Hall Maxim’s Palace – Best For the Authentic Experience
For many Hong Kongers, nothing beats City Hall Maxim’s Palace for dim sum. The perfect place to take visitors, the biggest appeal of this banquet hall is the dim sum trolleys that make their way through the tables, and there are a huge variety of traditional and delicious dim sum on offer to suit all tastes. One of our personal favourites is the wu gok (deep fried taro puff) – it’s got the perfect balance of crunch on the outside with a pork and mashed taro filling on the inside. If you’re veggie, there are also plenty of equally delicious meat-free options here. While the prices are a tad steeper than other dim sum restaurants out there, it’s worth it for the fresh ingredients and friendly service. City Hall is our favourite of the Maxim’s Palace restaurants, but you can also find other locations here.
City Hall Maxim’s Palace, 2/F, Low Block, City Hall, Central, Hong Kong, www.maxims.com.hk
One Dim Sum – Best For “No Frills”
One of our favourite local dim sum spots is One Dim Sum in Prince Edward. Our favourite items to order will always be char siu bao and siu mai, along with the steamed glutinous rice with chicken wrapped in lotus leaf, but we can never bring ourselves to leave without having at least one steamed custard bun (no matter how full we are). Recently the popular spot moved across the street to a slightly bigger location, so queues are now not quite as long as they used to be – though we still recommend getting there for opening time to beat the crowds!
One Dim Sum, G/F, 209A-209B Tung Choi Street, Prince Edward, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Mott 32 – Best For Special Occasions
Treat yourself at the stunning Mott 32, the place to go for higher-end contemporary twists on your favourite dim sum and Chinese classics. An absolute must-try is the charred-but-sweet signature Barbecue Pluma Iberico Pork with Yellow Mountain Honey – with only a limited number of portions available a day, make sure you reserve this ahead of time! South Australian Lobster Har Gow and Soft Quail Egg, Iberico Pork, and Black Truffle Siu Mai are just a few of our picks from the decadent dim sum menu. The selection of Hong Kong-themed cocktails (and “Mottails”) are just as delicious as they are fun, including the Hong Kong Ice Tea and The Milk Tram!
Mott 32, Basement, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2885 8688 www.mott32.com
Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists – Best Value
A Hong Kong classic with six locations scattered throughout the city, from Hong Kong Station to Sham Shui Po, Tim Ho Wan is a must try. This local spot is possibly the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world, meaning the queues start early, but the wait is oh so worth it. It’s no reservations, so plan your timing strategically and make sure you order the world famous Crispy Char Siu Baos! The crunchy, yet light-as-air buns burst with sweet, tender pork and BBQ sauce and come in servings of three buns. We usually order a plate each – don’t judge it ’til you’ve tried it. Even eating to our heart’s (and stomach’s) content, we never seem to spend more than around $80 per person!
Hutong – Best For Out of Town Guests
For delicious, high-end dum sim, coupled with one of the best views in the city, Hutong is the place to go. For an unforgettable experience, opt for Hutong’s Fēng Wèi Brunch, complete with 18 dishes, including a selection of appetisers, dim sum, Northern Chinese mains and desserts. The dim sum here includes heavenly poached Boston lobster wontons and steamed siu mai topped with scallop and crab roe, along with other expertly-made delights that are sure to leave you wanting more. Finish your brunch off with free-flow Champagne and you’ve got yourself the perfect afternoon. A selection of dim sum is also available on Hutong’s dinner menu, including lamb and leek dumplings, ginger lobster bao with spring onions and more.
Hutong, 28/F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.hutong.com.hk
Dim Sum Library – Best For a Modern Take on Classics
Dim Sum Library serves classic dim sum favourites with a fresh, quirky twist. The cool, modern interiors make it easy to forget you’re in the heart of Pacific Place (conveniently just metres away from Zara!). With familiar flavours and a mouth-watering menu, the restaurant is an ideal pick for when you have friends and family in town. One of our favourite dishes is the Black Truffle Har Gau. The delicate rice paper is stuffed with a juicy, meaty shrimp and the subtle hint of truffle is not at all overpowering. And don’t leave without trying the Wagyu Beef Puffs with Black Pepper, featuring tender and peppery beef encased in crispy layers of delicate pastry, along with the spicy Dan Dan Xiao Long Bao.
Dim Sum Library, Shop 124, Level 1, The Mall, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong, www.dimsumlibrary.com.hk
Yum Cha – Best For Instagram
When it comes to adorable and unique dim sum, look no further than Yum Cha. Home to the famous “vomiting” custard buns, this resto is an Instagrammer’s delight! With locations in Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay, Yum Cha is easily accessible whichever side of the harbour you’re on. It also has incredibly attractive offerings for lunch and dinner that you can order alongside the famous custard buns. The delicious char siu bao (BBQ pork buns) even look like the three little pigs! Not only is a meal at Yum Cha engaging and totally picture-perfect, it tastes delicious too.
Lin Heung Teahouse – Best For an “Old-School” Experience
One of the oldest Hong Kong-style restaurants in this city, this old-school gem promises to serve all the classics, along with the excitement of jostling for the best dishes as the food comes fresh out of the kitchen. After you wash your dish and chopsticks in tea (as is the custom), spend a moment observing the scene so you can make a plan of attack. We love taking visitors here for a taste of old Hong Kong, as the atmosphere never disappoints, even if you can’t outmanoeuvre some of the regulars for the best dishes.
Lin Heung Teahouse, 160-164 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Duddell’s – Best For Boozy Brunches and Alfresco Dining
Love a weekend brunch, but also looking to satisfy your dim sum cravings? Head to Duddell’s, a chic Cantonese dining room, for its popular brunch set that serves some of the best dim in the city. Awarded a Michelin-star in 2018, not only are the mouth-watering traditional delights fresh and absolutely delicious, but you can also revel in the joy that comes with free-flow champagne and a buzzing atmosphere. You’re sure to leave with a happy heart and stomach!
Duddell’s, 3-4/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2525 9191, www.duddells.co
Tien Yi Chinese Restaurant – Best For Family Gatherings
A firm favourite amongst the team is Tien Yi in Pacific Place. Always bustling with family gatherings at the weekend, it’s a great spot to bring visitors to as the unique and modern takes on the old classics are (dare we say!) better than the originals. A must-order for us is the Fried Rice Rolls with XO Sauce served in a piping hot stone bowl. Sumptuous and totally satisfying. Another great option is the Korean Kimchi Chicken Spring Rolls – crunchy, tart and slightly spicy. You also can’t go wrong with ordering the Honey Stewed Barbecue Pork. At a reasonable but slightly higher cost than typical dim sum, this spot is worth it for the special dishes and friendly staff.
Tien Yi Chinese Restaurant, Shop 003, Level G1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, www.tienyirestaurant.com
Dim Sum Square – Best For a Cheap and Quick Lunch
If you’re simply looking for a local dim sum dining experience, opt for Dim Sum Square for its old-fashioned and wallet-friendly dumplings and other dim sum delights! Good for a quick lunch or midday bite, dim sum here is satisfying and definitely great value for money but be prepared to queue.
Dim Sum Square, G/F, 88 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2851 8088
Dragon-i – Best For Free-Flow Dim Sum
This iconic nightclub in Hong Kong promises to serve excellence on a platter (or a bamboo basket…) with its dim sum selection. We recommend heading here during lunch time to make the most of its all-you-can-eat dim sum offerings. All the classic dim sum dishes are featured on the menu and veggies and vegans will be covered with the new Omnipork dishes, including steamed Omnipork and vegetable dumplings, and pan-fried Omnipork and lotus root cakes.
Dragon-i, UG/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong,3110 1222, www.facebook.com/dragonihongkong
Fook Lam Moon – Best For Spotting VIPs
This upscale restaurant offers dim sum lovers truly classical Cantonese fare. With its reputation for hosting some of the cities highest fliers, it’s the place to see and be seen. It’s not without reason that this Michelin-recommended restaurant is known as the “tycoon’s canteen”, serving Cantonese dishes alongside traditional and authentic dim sum, made to perfection.
Fook Lam Moon, 35-45 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2866 0663
Fook Lam Moon, 53-59 Kimberly Road, Tsim Tsa Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2366 0286, www.fooklammoon-grp.com/en#restaurants
Sun Hing – Best For a Late-Night Bite
Open daily from 3am to 4pm, Sun Hing is perfect for an afternoon dim sum bite, but also draws in the late night (and early morning!) crowds. This bustling Kennedy Town spot’s clientele ranges from post-LKF crowds, to taxi drivers finishing the night shift and HKU students in need of a study break, and they’re all there for one thing: traditional dim sum, served in abundance. Favourites include the signature shrimp dumplings and steamed pork dumplings with mushrooms, but no one can pay a visit to Sun Hing without trying the famed golden custard buns!
Sun Hing, Shop C, G/F, 8 Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town,
Man Mo Dim Sum – Best For Fusion Dim Sum
Maybe not one for traditionalists, Man Mo is known for its fusion dim sum offerings. Tucked away amongst the trinket shops on PoHo’s Upper Lascar Row, the restaurant serves contemporary East meets West dim sum, hitting the spot with its truffle brie dumpling and foie gras xiao long bao.
Man Mo Dim Sum, 40 Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.manmodimsum.com
Lock Cha Tea House – Best For Vegetarians
Dim sum is a Hong Kong staple, and thanks to Lock Cha Tea House, vegans and veggies don’t have to miss out. Lock Cha offers a variety of friendly twists on this Chinese tradition, from pickled bean curd skin to vegan siu mai and plenty of veggies. The only requirement is that all diners order a pot of their own individual tea – which is easy, because the tea menu is triple the length of the food menu. The helpful staff will then show you how to best brew your particular pot.
Lock Cha Tea House, Hong Kong Park, Ground Floor, The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, Admiralty, Hong Kong, www.lockcha.com
Dim Dim Sum – Best For a Quick Bite Any Time of Day
If you’ve only got time for a quick bite, Dim Dim Sum is the perfect place to hit up. With several branches around town, this no-frills eatery specialises in dim sum, but also offers up other more filling mains such as a variety of congee and steamed rice bowls. We recommend the black truffle xiao long bao (Shanghainese soup-filled pork dumplings) and the “golden sand” little pig buns with sweet runny filling. There are also meat-free options, so be sure to check those out if you’re a veggie!
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 3, November 2017 and was updated on 14, July 2019.
Featured image courtesy of Duddell’s via Instagram. image courtesy of Mott32 via Instagram, image courtesy of Hutong via Instagram, image courtesy of Yum Cha via Instagram, image courtesy of Duddell’s via Instagram, image courtesy of Dragon-I via Instagram, image courtesy of Man Mo Dim Sum via Instagram.