In this day and age, it’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t heard of dim sum. This popular Cantonese tea-time delight has seen immense popularity all over the world and truth be told, you could even find places selling them in the far reaches of Europe.
However, contrary to popular understanding, to the locals in Hong Kong, dim sum is more than just a tea time snack—it is ingrained as part of their lifestyle and more often than not, a meal that brings their family and loved ones together.
From enjoying dim sum at a boisterous cha chaan teng with the common folk or even at a prestigious Michelin-starred restaurant where the classic dim sum is given a shot of elegance and grandeur, here are 18 dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong you should definitely try.
Yat Lok is one of the most famous roast goose restaurants in Hong Kong but does it really live up to its hype? This is one question that has been debated over and over again and sometimes.
The roast goose institution sits on Stanley Street in Central Hong Kong and is infamous for their atrocious service. The group of staff is some of the most impatient and rudest around; you have been warned.
But people from all over the world still brave the “harsh treatment” for their roast goose. Would you do the same? Well, here’s what we think.
There are 75 restaurants that have been awarded at least a Michelin star in the reputable Hong Kong Michelin Guide for 2015, but Yat Lok Roast Goose Restaurant is hands down one of our perennial favourites.
The restaurant might be notorious for their atrocious service, but it is their insanely delicious roast goose meat that had us returning religiously each time we visit Hong Kong.
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Everyone in Hong Kong knows Yung Kee Goose Restaurant for two reasons – their delicious roast meats and its ongoing family feud. The infamous fight over the restaurant’s ownership had reached a dramatic climax when the Court of Final Appeal released a statement announcing that Yung Kee might possibly be wound up. The fate of Yung Kee will be sealed in 26 days and only an agreement amongst the descendants can prevent it from being auctioned.
So everyone associates Yung Kee with the best roast goose in Hong Kong. But do you know about Kam’s Roast Goose at Hennesy Road in Wan Chai?
Said to be the up and coming brand, Kam’s Roast Goose is actually owned by the Kam family too! We will get back to this story in a bit, because more importantly, we have heard so much about how Kam’s Roast Goose is way better than Yung Kee.
Of course, we had to make a trip down to develop our own conclusion. So, is Kam’s Roast Goose really better than internationally acclaimed Yung Kee’s?
Located at the basement of InterContinental Hotel Hong Kong, THE STEAK HOUSE winebar + grill is a 1-Michelin star in Hong Kong that specialises in charcoal grilled steaks. Before we start on its menu, we have to profess our love for this harbour-side outlet for it offers a view of the prized Hong Kong skyline. And if you happen to be there during 8pm, you can even catch the world-famous Symphony of Lights show! Good steaks and good view; your night cannot be better.
Dim Sum is a ritual in Hong Kong. It is a lifestyle, it is a past-time, it is quintessentially Hong Kong.
Many cultures have something similar like the Spanish tapas, the Italian cicheti and the Japanese izakaya, but dim sum is somewhat on a different level, very gastronomical and exquisite, and is truly special especially to us Asians.
From traditional dim sum teahouses, to the cheapest Michelin Starred dim sum restaurants, and very posh Chinese restaurants that offer an exquisite dining experience like no other – there are countless of dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong, and while the choices are mind-boggling to say the least, we have shortlisted our favourites to share with all of you.
Here is our guide to Hong Kong’s 15 Dim Sum Restaurants You Must Dine At.
The world knows Tim Ho Wan – a One-Michelin star dim sum restaurant that started with humble beginnings in Hong Kong. But do you know about One Dim Sum?
With just one nondescript and humble outlet in Prince Edward, One Dim Sum has been in the spotlight ever since they earned their one Michelin star in 2012. Even though it did not retain the Michelin star, the queue at the restaurant remains the same every day – it is mostly packed with regulars who return again and again for its much-lauded dim sum.