Hong Kong is a destination famous for many things. There’s that iconic skyline, deserted islands, and the ‘sheer variety of products in Hong Kong’s shops is dizzying’. However if there’s one thing which is impossible to miss, it’s trying one of their celebrated dim sum.
Because dim sum is a ritual in Hong Kong. It’s a lifestyle, and revered on a completely different level to that of other food. And from traditional dim sum teahouses, to the cheapest Michelin Star restaurant in the world, the diversity and sheer number of Hong Kong dim sum restaurants is insane!
So whether you’re after steamed, baked, or deep fried, we’ve put together a guide of the top restaurants you shouldn’t miss.
The Best Dim Sum in Hong Kong
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Lin Heung Kui
Lin Heung Kui is a hot and noisy tea house which serves authentic dim sum, and dining here is a great way to experience local life.
They serve century old recipes from traditional dim sum trolleys stacked with huge bamboo baskets filled with time honored Cantonese flavors. It’s hard to find these old fashioned dishes anywhere else.
The atmosphere is classic Cantonese and is set up like a dining hall. You’ll share your table with locals, and when the food comes through it’s a battle station – so be brave!
Address: Western Centre, 46-50 Des Voeux Rd W, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tim Ho Wan
This Hong Kong landmark appears at first glance to be an ordinary eatery. In reality it’s the world’s cheapest Michelin Star restaurant, offering some of the best dim sum in Hong Kong.
You might feel like you’re queuing at a theme park at first but once you taste the incredible fare on offer you’ll realize it was worth the wait. The must-orders at Tim Ho Wan include the famous Baked Bun with BBQ Pork, the Steamed Egg Cake and the Pan Fried Turnip Cake.
Address: Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Rd, West Kowloon. Website.
Opening at 3am, San Hing is the best place to go for a dim sum fix after hours. But don’t let the early hours of the morning fool you – it’s an absolute madhouse as soon as it opens, especially on weekends.
Staff churn out a wide variety of dim sum to a diverse mix of customers including celebrities, the elderly, and those who’ve been out partying all night. The prices are cheap (around $1.50 – $2 USD) though you’ll need to arrive before it opens if you want to secure seats.
Address: 10 Hau Wo St., Kennedy Town
Mott 32 is a contemporary Chinese restaurant located in the heart of Central, and a celebration of Hong Kong culture and cuisine. Being located in the basement of the Standard Chartered Bank Building means the restaurant is quite dark, however you’ll forget about the lack of natural light once the food arrives.
Cooking is principally Cantonese with some signature Beijing dishes and some of the best Szechuan food in central Hong Kong, bringing the most out of traditional recipes passed down from generation to generation. This particular level of modernity combined with the respect for tradition is what makes Mott 32 so spectacularly unique.
Address: Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Rd Central, Central. Website.
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