Partaking of dim sum is regarded as a must-do experience in Hong Kong. The practice of going for yum cha is a long-standing Hong Kong tradition. The custom involves dining in the company of family and friends, all the while sipping tea and consuming delectable bite-sized morsels like BBQ pork buns, shrimp dumplings, rice rolls, pork dumplings, egg tarts and more. Dim sum
Most Hong Kongers have their favorite spots for yum cha and can perhaps endlessly debate the merits of dim sum served at these spots. Listed below are some highly recommended dim sum restaurants around the city that are immensely popular with locals and tourists alike.
Housed within the swanky Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Lung King Heen, the recipient of three Michelin stars has raised the bar for Cantonese dim sum. The restaurant whose name means ‘ The Dragon’s View’ in Cantonese offers patrons a chance to soak in gorgeous views of Hong Kong’s famed Victoria Harbor as they indulge in stellar dim sum preparations. On offer at Lung King Heen, are dim sum preparations, which vary with the seasonal availability of ingredients and include dishes like Baked Barbecued Pork Buns with Pine Nuts, Spring Rolls with Shredded Chicken, Steamed Shanghainese Pork Dumplings with Crab Meat and so forth. (Tel: +852 3196 8888)
Maxim’s Palace City Hall
Always busy, the bustling Maxim’s Palace City Hall restaurant is perhaps one of the most popular dim sum spots in Hong Kong. This cavernous, oceanfront restaurant almost always has a line of hungry diners patiently waiting in line outside its doors as they seek a chance to sample its many traditional dim sum delights. Maxim’s Palace City Hall exudes a distinct old-world charm for it is one of the few places in Hong Kong that still features dim sum carts that wheel up to your table to offer you a variety of dim sum favorites. Further, the many dim sum dishes served at Maxim’s bear signage in both Chinese and English, making it relatively easy for non-Chinese speakers to navigate the restaurant’s varied offerings. (Tel: +852 2521 1303)
Fook Lam Moon
Fook Lam Moon is a long established favored haunt for Cantonese cuisine including dim sum. The restaurant, which is located on a rather inconspicuous street in Wan Chai, is set up as a classic Chinese wedding banquet hall. The menu at Fook Lam Moon features a variety of traditional dim sum preparations like steamed pork dumplings with crab roe, radish cake with cured meat, BBQ pork buns, spring rolls, mango pudding, egg tarts amongst others. ( Tel: +852 2866 0663, HK Island)
Hong Kong dim sum restaurant Tim Ho Wan, which has the distinction of being the world’s cheapest Michelin star restaurant, is today famed throughout the world. PuiGor, who once worked as a sous chef at the reputed Lung King Heen, founded Tim Ho Wan. The chain’s first outlet was a hole-in-the wall eatery in the Yau Ma Tei neighborhood of Kowloon.
Renowned for its few signature dishes like barbecue pork buns, steamed prawn dumplings, steamed shrimp rice flour rolls and fried turnip cake, Tim Ho Wan, has a firm following amongst dim sum enthusiasts. Such is the restaurant’s popularity that not only has Tim Ho Wan expanded to operate from several locations around Hong Kong (the chain’s outpost in Central is housed in Hong Kong Station); it has also transcended borders to set up shop in Singapore and is wowing diners there as well. (Tel: +852 2332-3078, HK Island)
Lock Cha Tea House
The atmospheric Lock Cha Tea House located within the verdant environs of Hong Kong Park offers vegetarian diners an opportunity to sample dim sum. The elegant historic teahouse serves a frequently changing menu of dainty dim sums prepared with the freshest seasonal ingredients sans any meat, poultry or fish rendering them perfect for vegetarian diners. (Tel: +852 2801-7177)
Perched atop the lofty ICC tower on the 102nd floor, the two Michelin starred Tin Lung Heen, constituents one of the many dining options offered by the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Hong Kong. A popular venue for a traditional dim sum meal, Tin Lung Heen delights diners with its rich and varied dim sum fare. The menu at Tin Lung Heen includes dishes like Steamed Rice Roll with Barbecued Iberian Pork, Deep-Fried Crab Cake with Onion, Steamed Fish Maw filled with Shrimp Mouse and Caviar, Steamed Chestnut Buns with Black truffle, Pork Wontons with Chili Oil and many other treats. (Tel: +852 2263 2270)
The Cuisine Cuisine restaurant at the design-forward Mira hotel offers lovers of dim sum, a veritable dim sum feast with an ‘all you can eat’ unlimited dim sum menu that features traditional as well as innovative dim sum delights. This inexhaustible dim sum offering is, however, only available on weekdays at the Mira Hotel on TsimShaTui in Kowloon. (Tel: +852 2368 1111)