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.
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.
When travelling for leisure, most people would want to check out the best eating places in that city – dining in a hotel restaurant is usually not the priority.
That is not surprising, given that the general perception of hotel food is crappy buffet food and lousy restaurants serving tasteless and expensive food. However, this is definitely not the case at InterContinental Hong Kong. I know I was just recently praising another InterContinental property, but I have good reason.
During my stay at InterContinental Hong Kong, I was impressed by their dining offerings. Not only is it home to contemporary French cuisine at 2 Michelin Star SPOON by Alan Ducasse, it also has other fantastic restaurants such as Nobu – one of the most famous Japanese restaurants in the world – which serves innovative modern Japanese cuisine, and Yan Toh Heen - 1 Michelin Star Chinese restaurant that is known for its Cantonese specialities. The restaurants at InterContinental Hong Kong will please even the harshest critics.