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Dim Sum from Fook Lam Moon
Dim Sum from Fook Lam Moon

Food & Drink

Hong Kong: dim sum capital

Eating dim sum is one of the most authentic ways to experience Hong Kong and its rich culinary culture. Here are some of the best places in the city to enjoy it.

Dim sum is to the Cantonese what tapas are to the Spanish – small servings of many different dishes that include a huge variety of ingredients and flavors. Due to the diversity of different dishes on offer, dim sum is best enjoyed when eaten in a larger group - it lends itself well to informal gatherings where socializing is as important as the meal itself.

Nowhere in the world is the ritual of eating dim sum a more quintessential part of the culture than in Hong Kong. The mind-boggling selection of places serving dim sum here ranges from traditional teahouses to the best Michelin-starred restaurants and trendy modern eateries. Wherever you eat dim sum though, it is always comparatively affordable, even in the most exclusive restaurants.

Mott 32

Mott 32

The word on Mott 32 is that it’s the best modern dim sum joint in town. It has consistently been voted one of Hong Kong’s top restaurants since it opened in 2014. The speakeasy-style underground Art Deco space is a real treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds. The stunning design provides the perfect backdrop for exquisite dishes like barbeque Iberico pork with yellow mountain honey and Shanghainese soup dumplings of Kurobuta pork, crab and caviar.

Mott 32

Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Rd, Central, Hong Kong

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Yan Toh Heen

This elegant two-Michelin-starred restaurant enjoys an unbeatable location overlooking Victoria Harbor. And while the view is outstanding, the food is even better. Kick things off with the trio of superior dumplings: steamed scallop with black truffles and vegetables, steamed lobster and bird’s nest with gold leaf and steamed king crab leg dumpling (HKD 168 or €19), before moving on to delicacies like the delightful steamed grouper, prawn and scallop dumpling (HKD84 or €9.50).

Yan Toh Heen

InterContinental Hotel Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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Baked pastries filled with whole abalone and fish maw from T´ang Court.

T´ang Court

As one of only three Cantonese restaurants in the world to have been awarded the Michelin Guide’s coveted three-star status, T’ang Court is the jewel in the crown of Hong Kong’s stylish Langham Hotel. And like all good Cantonese restaurants, it serves its own, exclusive brand of dim sum. Don’t miss the pan-fried rice flour rolls with spicy sauce (HKD80 or €9) or the baked pastries filled with whole abalone and fish maw (HKD100 or €11).

T´ang Court

Langham Hotel, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

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Tim Ho Wan

This hole-in-the-wall joint in Hong Kong’s working-class Mong Kok neighborhood defied the odds to become “the world’s cheapest Michelin-star restaurant,” and is now one of the city’s must-visit spots. The world-famous, mouthwatering barbeque pork buns are best described as life changing, while other favorites include the steamed pork and shrimp dumpling and the beef balls with bean curd – all priced at around HKD15-30 (€1-€4).

Tim Ho Wan

G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon

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Can be found at various locations in Hong Kong.

Bbq pork from Fook Lam Moon

Fook Lam Moon

Nowhere does authentic Cantonese dim sum better than Fook Lam Moon, and with its flawlessly executed dishes and outstanding service, it’s easy to see why it is consistently listed as one Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. The barbeque char siu pork is the best we’ve ever tasted, while the steamed rice rolls with shrimp paste and bean curd are to die for.

Fook Lam Moon

Newman House, 35-45 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

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Duddell's

While Duddell’s main restaurant may have been awarded two Michelin stars, we prefer the laid-back atmosphere in the upstairs bar, with its excellent selection of bar bites and cocktails, as well as a fabulous roof terrace. Don’t miss its weekend brunch, with unlimited dim sum and free-flowing champagne and cocktails for HKD 680/person (€77)

Duddell's

Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong

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Dong Lai Shun

While most dim sum is Cantonese, one-Michelin-starred Dong Lai Shun specializes in Beijing and Huaiyang cuisines, which means more fried food and spicier flavors. Top dishes include the deep-fried crabmeat balls and the delicious beef and shrimp dumplings in red chili oil. The out-and-out winner though is the dessert of deep-fried sesame dumpling filled with salted egg yolk.

Dong Lai Shun

The Royal Garden Hotel, 69 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

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Lin Heung Tea House

Lin Heung Teahouse is as old school as it gets; with traditional dim sum served using trolleys in the old-fashioned way. Most of the staff have been here for decades, while some diners have been coming here for a similar amount of time. The chicken ball big bun, filled with pork, shrimp, egg and mushroom, is the Lin Heung Tea House’s most famous dish, while the pork dumpling topped with fresh pig’s liver is a local favorite.

Lin Heung Tea House

160-164 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong

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Din Tai Fung

While the atmosphere at Taiwan-based dumpling and noodle chain Din Tai Fung may be a little cold and factory-like, their sensationally satisfying xiao long bao (steamed soup-filled pork dumplings) are so good we challenge you to leave without ordering a second portion.

Din Tai Fung

132 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

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Can be found at multiple locations in Hong Kong.

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Last edited: September 18, 2018

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