Must-try authentic dim sum restaurants when in Hong Kong

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We've put together a mix of dim sum restaurants you got to try in Hong Kong whether you are a first time visitor or just want to try something new. We've covered both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, the traditional and the modern.

Lin Heung Tea House

Lin Heung Tea House opened in 1926 and its traditional decor suggests that little has changed since then. If it's the iconic trolley service experience you're after, then this could be that place. Provided that you aren't intimidated by the idea of sharing some very small tables with other patrons a.k.a. family style.

Be warned though, it can quickly escalate into a 'free for all' as your fellow diners clamour around the trolleys.

Pro tip: remember your order to avoid unwanted stares from your random tablemates.

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The traditional dim sum trolley service in action.

Lin Heung Tea House

Lin Heung Tea House, 160-164 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong

Lin Heung Tea House is closer to Sheung Wan MTR than Central MTR. From Sheung Wan MTR, exit via E1 and walk across the Cosco Tower plaza towards Bonham Strand and Wellington Street.

One Dim Sum (Prince Edward)

One Dim Sum was awarded a Michelin star in 2012 but has since failed to retain. Not to worry, One Dim Sum still retains it's reputation for good value, on point dim sum in a clean and modern setting.

No reservations taken. Turn up, take a ticket and join the queue!

Quality dim sum in a modern décor
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Quality dim sum in a modern décor

If you're venturing on a culinary tour on the Kowloon side, add One Dim Sum to the itinerary. As an added bonus, there are English menus available.

How to order

  1. Baked barbecue pork bun (char siu bao)
  2. Malaysian sponge cake (ma lai gao)
  3. Coconut Mango Dessert

What to expect

  1. Queues!!
  2. Sharing a table with strangers

One Dim Sum (Prince Edward)

One Dim Sum, Shop 1 & 2, G/F, Kenwood Mansion, 15 Playing Field Road, Prince Edward, Hong Kong

How to get there

  1. Make your way to Prince Edward MTR and follow the signs to the B1 Exit.
  2. Once on the street, take a right.
  3. On the first road you come across, take a right into Playing Field road.
  4. Continue down Playing Field road.
  5. One Dim Sum should be on your left hand side on the adjacent block.

Dim Sum Square (Sheung Wan)

Dim Sum Square in Sheung Wan is popular amongst visitors and locals alike. One can see why given the modern interiors and value for money. You can expect quick service so it's a perfect choice for a quick dim sum stop.

What to expect

  • Some English speaking staff
  • Pen and paper ordering forms are available in English
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Modern and clean decor.

Dim Sum Square (Sheung Wan)

G/F, Fu Fai Commercial Centre, 27 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Getting there by MTR

  1. Take the MTR on the Hong Kong Island blue line to Sheung Wan.
  2. Follow the signs in the MTR station to the A2 exit.
  3. Turn to your right once on the street.
  4. Cross the street at the first intersection to enter Hillier Street.
  5. Continue walking down Hillier Street.
  6. Dim Sum Square is on the corner block to your right.

Tim Ho Wan

Tim Ho Wan's numerous locations across Hong Kong makes it convenient to try their Michelin awarded Dim sum. The decor is bright, modern and clean, and they have pen and paper ordering forms in English. This makes Tim Ho Wan perfect for the dim sum first timers in Hong Kong. For the more adventurous, we highly encourage you to try the locations in Kowloon as they tend to have shorter queues, be more spacious and have fewer tourists.

Pro tip: If you are on your way to the airport or passing through Hong Kong, visit the one conveniently located in the Hong Kong MTR and its just above Airport Express. Keep in mind that this location can get extremely busy and seating is limited.

Pro tip: While in the queue, get a order form and make your selections.

Tim Ho Wan: steamed baskets of dim sum.
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Tim Ho Wan: steamed baskets of dim sum.

Tim Ho Wan

Shop 12A, L1/F, Hong Kong MTR Station, Central