A Hong Kong culinary classic that is as much about the atmosphere as the food itself. Dim Sum translated literally means 'to touch the heart', so it's officially food for the soul! Here are some of our top places to try.
Contemporary and cool in style, Duddell’s not only serves exceptionally crafted dishes, but hosts regular art exhibitions and screenings. The upstairs bar is a cool spot for a pre-dinner drink, while the restaurant itself is a stylish space. The Cantonese menu keeps things fairly traditional – with a luxury twist. Weekends include free-flowing Champagne brunches. What’s not to love?
Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central
Spirited owner Robbie Cheung knows how to draw in a hungry crowd to this bustling dim sum restaurant – his energetic personality and chop stick tricks have diners queuing for selfies. Tung Po’s menu ranges from classic Cantonese dishes to more contemporary fusion choices, such as prawn in orange sauce or tom yum-style fried rice cake. The black ink squid is also a firm favourite.
Tung Po only accepts calls for bookings between 2:30-5:30 p.m. each day. Reservations are recommended.
Tung Po, 2F, Java Road Municipal Services Building, 99 Java Road, North Point
An Instagram-lover’s dream – these small bites are seriously photogenic. It 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.
Nan Fung Tower, 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central
3/F, 20-22, Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Tim Ho Wan
A Hong Kong classic with a few locations scattered throughout the city, Tim Ho Wan is a must-visit. It’s one of the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, meaning the queues start early, but it is worth the wait for the world-famous crispy char sir baos.
No reservations are taken, but you can found multiple outlets across the city.
Shop 72, G/F, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon
Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station (Podium Level 1, IFC Mall), Central
G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon~
Shop B, C, & D, G/F, 2-8 Wharf Road, Seaview Building, North Point
Luk Yu Tea House
Tucked away on a back street, this restaurant takes up three levels of a colonial wood-fronted terrace adorned with big gold Chinese characters. It retains the nostalgia of bygone days, from the teak furniture and white table cloths to the white-jacketed staff sporting the superior demeanour of career waiters. Ground level is for well-heeled locals but head upstairs for a similar menu featuring authentic golden oldies such as turnip cakes, fish balls, barbecued pork pastries and shrimp siu mai.
24-26 Stanley St, Central, Hong Kong
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