After all, Hong Kong is the land of dimsum: delicious food sleeping securely in traditional bamboo baskets, steamed to perfection. I do have my fair share of dimsum in Hong Kong and here is a list of my top 3 Favourite Dimsum in Hong Kong Island. It is ranked in order, and I eat them pretty frequently.
How To Order Dim Sum in Hong Kong
To order dim sum in the local tea houses, they give you a slip of paper per group. When you order something, you give them the paper and they will make a mark on the type of food choices. There, they calculate your bill. For instance, the siu mai is considered a “small” order, which might cost HKD$25. So they make a mark on the paper under the “small” section. The lotus rice might be a “large” order, which might cost HKD$38. So they make a mark on the “large” section.
Lin Heung Tea House
My favourite authentic Hong Kong dimsum tea house, I have been raving about Lin Heung ever since a local friend introduced it to me. I love Lin Heung Tea House because it is everything Hong Kong is: speaking only in Cantonese, loud serving ladies scolding everyone, dimsum serving via pushcarts and old grandfathers sipping tea and reading the newspaper about horse racing. It is truly an authentic Hong Kong tea house.
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When a big group visits Hong Kong for the first time, we will head to Lin Heung Tea House. Dimsum is more fun when shared with a large group! The last time we were there, we had a tough time getting the food we wanted because everyone runs towards the pushcart when it exits the kitchen. I also got scolded cause I could not speak Cantonese properly and she could not understand what I wanted. But the food there is superb.
I recommend the yellow dumplings (siu mai), shrimp dumplings (har gaw), lotus rice and cheong fun.
Information about Lin Heung Tea House
Address: 162 Wellington St, Sheung Wan
Dimdimsum Dim Sum
The shrimp dumplings (ha-gao) is so amazing. The dumpling is filled with shrimp and shrimp paste, wrapped in thin translucent rice sheets. Sink your teeth into one of these little dumplings and have your mouth filled with waves of fresh shrimp and juicy thick paste. We do fight for the dumplings sometimes.
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I visit Dimdimsum every month when I lived there. And when I return to Hong Kong, I would always have at least one meal there. The food is fantastic and it is easier to order in Dimdimsum than in Lin Heung (above). They have an English menu, and you order it via marking a tick on the order list.
I recommend the cheong fun with fried fritters, eggplant with shrimp paste with teriyaki sauce, siu mai, har gao and their fried noodles.
Information about Dimdimsum Dim Sum
Address: 7 Tin Lok Ln, Bowrington
Sun Hing Dim Sum
Located in Kennedy Town, Sun Hing dim sum is one of the few dim sum places that opens in the middle of the night. It is another authentic dim sum places with old grandparents, loud chattering and Cantonese words being thrown around. They make their own dim sum fresh every day too. Although there is no English menu, you can go up to the dim sum steamer and point to the food that you want. They will make a mark on your order paper to calculate for your bill at the end.
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I found this place when living in Kennedy Town for a few months. The morning crowd is adorable: old people having some dim sum with their friends. They open at 3am, but you could also be there before 3am. You just have to get tea and hot water by yourself. I love the fact that they make their own dim sum. When the food is freshly cooked, they bring them to your table, in case you are interested in having them.
I recommend the lotus rice, steam rice with pork ribs, siu mai, char siew bun and custard bun(!!).
Information about Sun Hing Dim Sum
Address: Sai Wan, 士美非路8號, Markfield Building