WHERE TO EAT DIM SUM IN HONG KONG?
To officially celebrate the launch of our Guided Dimsum Lunch Tour in Hong Kong, we decided to reach out to our other blogger friends in Hong Kong to give us their recommendations for their favourite places to have dim sum. If you’re wondering, we are also behind Humid with a Chance of Fishballs Tours in Hong Kong and we create tours that deal with all things food! Check us out =)
There are sooooo many places in Hong Kong where you can have dim sum, from hole-in-the-wall places that only serve the most traditional dishes to fine-dining to fusion dim sum places where your dim sum is sculpted into your favourite cartoon characters. There is a plethora of places to yum cha, heck, there’s even a dim sum restaurant called Yum Cha. So in this post, we scratch the top so if you’re scrapped for time, then you can pick amongst the favourites of Hong Kong expat bloggers. Let’s begin.
ONE. NEW HING FAT DIM SUM (新興發點心).
Edwina Pickering is my go-to lady if I’m looking for food recommendations for Beijing, Hong Kong and Thailand. She’s an Aussie based in South East Asia and spends her time between the 3 aforementioned locations. Her pick for dim sum? New Hing Fat Dim Sum. Here’s what she has to say about it:
Travel down to Des Voeux Road West in Sai Ying Pun, past the dried seafood specialists and you’ll find a great, authentic Hong Kong dim sum restaurant by the name of New Hing Fat Dim Sum. It’s the size of a postage stamp with largely local clientele but if you ask the old man who reigns over the register at the front, he’ll happily furnish you with an English menu, accompanied with a picture book and a pencil for you to mark down your selection. The dim sum selection here is quite substantial given the size of the restaurant. Personal favourites included the crispy shrimp filled rice noodle rolls, pork siu mai topped with quail egg and the delicious steamed custard buns. And to boot this is one Hong Kong café that won’t break the bank.
Address: G/F, Tak May House, 239 Des Voeux Road West, Western District 西環德輔道西239號德美樓地舖
TWO. TAI WING WAH RESTAURANT (大榮華酒樓).
I love this restaurant because it’s so versatile and it’s a best of both worlds type of restaurant meaning they’ve got authentic food but yet in a nice environment that even your pickiest foreign guests would feel comfortable in. There are several locations for Tai Wing Wah but I really only ever go to the Yuen Long location & that’s because my grandparents live there and dim sum is the ultimate Sunday family activity. I’ve been going to Tai Wing Wah ever since I was a little girl and not much has really changed since then; it’s still as busy as ever, you have to line up early for dim sum because they don’t take reservations, some of the dimsum is pushed out in trolleys and the face of the restaurant is still “Toto”, a famous food critic in Hong Kong. If you don’t speak Cantonese, I recommend trying the Wan Chai branch instead they’re more accustomed to foreigners there. It’s brilliant for taking your out-of-town guests to for dinner as it’s got a really nice Cantonese styled ambience, with great neighbourhood pricing, and tasty authentic styled dishes that’s loved by both guests and locals.
Address: 2/F, Koon Wong Mansion, 2-6 On Ning Road, Yuen Long 元朗安寧路2-6號2樓
THREE. VERY GOOD RESTAURANT (頂好海鮮酒家).
Another friend we reached out to is Explore Hong Kong who has a very informative feed on Instagram. Here’s why her favourite dim sum spot is Very Good Restaurant & photo credit it to her as well.
Very Good restaurant has stood in Tsim Sha Tsui since 1970’s with more than 40 years of history. Very Good restaurant persists in making the dim sum only when you order it. It might take a longer time for the dim sum to come to you; however, this ensures the freshness and quality of the food. Due to the lack of Dim Sum Masters and the high cost, most dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong have their dim sum made in food factories in Mainland China. The dim sum is pre made and will be steamed when you order it in the restaurant. My all-time favourite dish is the Shredded Chicken with Jelly Fish which is served cold. And they also have my favourite sweet preserved egg as the appetizer for every.
Address: 90-94 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui 尖沙咀彌敦道90-94號
FOUR. TIM HO WAN (添好運點心專門店).
As you may have noticed, most of the dim sum restaurants that my friends have picked are pretty local and serve the traditional dim sum, which is exactly the way we like our dimsum. Now, for the locals, dim sum has already too common for them and they’re love trying fusion dim sum & or higher end dim sum. To round out this post, I will be sharing 2 rather common frequented dim sum restaurants.
Tim Ho Wan is a dim sum specialty store meaning they don’t do any other dishes besides dim sum. They also do not have a big selection to choose from & all their restaurants have a bit of a fast food type of environment or rather, it absolutely does not have the ambience of an old traditional tea house. It was said a few years back to be the world’s cheapest Michelin starred restaurant. That’s right – this place is Michelin starred & super cheap. They’re the most famous for their BBQ pork buns so make sure you get an order when you go.
Address: Shop 12A, L1/F, Hong Kong MTR Station, Central 中環港鐵香港站L1樓12A號舖 & other locations
FIVE. PURE VEGGIE HOUSE (心齋).
This restaurant isn’t necessarily my favourite; however, it is a fantastic Buddhist and vegetarian dimsum restaurant and a great option for those who are vegetarian. The price point is more mid to the higher end of the spectrum and I would say that it’s definitely a little fancier than the other dim sum places we mentioned above. This is a great place to bring any out-of-town guests or clients who are looking for vegetarian at environment with really nice ambience and is definitely not a hole in the wall place.