Dim sum is a time-honoured tradition deeply embedded in Hong Kong culture and its people. Steamed buns, juicy dumplings, and lotus leaf-wrapped rice are all synonymous with the artful and nostalgic cuisine. And for those familiar with the Cantonese ritual, rolling dim sum trolleys and old men holding up newspapers are all integral in memories of family gatherings. So with a keen hunt for the perfect xiao long bao, Cha Siu Papers Times rounds up some of Hong Kong’s most exquisite dim sum spots, from a modern point of view.
Michelin-starred dining at Duddell’s
With interiors designed by renowned Isle Crawford, there’s more to Duddell’s than meets the eye. Housed on the historic Duddell Street (hence the name) the Michelin-starred restaurant specialises in premium dim sum dishes with a modern update. Executive Chef Li Man-Lung (who used to work with Ritz Carlton) and Dim Sum Master Lau Chi-Man (worked with Mandarin Oriental’s Man Wah) curate a menu of signature dishes with a touch of Western fare.
Level 3 Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2525 9191, duddells.co
Incredible interiors at Mott 32
The stunning interiors at Mott 32 are designed by Joyce Wang studio, embracing an East-meets-West culture inspired by the first Chinese store which opened in New York on Mott 32 street. The dining spot serves delectable dim sum and Chinese cuisine from lunchtime to evening—a must-visit for special occasions or for a weekend treat.
Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Rd, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2885 8688, mott32.com
Sustainable dim sum at SOHOFAMA
From the brainchild behind popular healthy eating spot LOCOFAMA in trendy Sai Ying Pun, comes SOHOFAMA, a collaboration between the eatery and lifestyle brand G.O.D. Nestled in the PMQ compound, the restaurant pays tribute to Cantonese delicacies with a modern update—using organic and sustainable ingredients to encourage diners to eat wholesome dishes whilst keeping true to its Chinese roots.
Unit SG09-SG14, Block A. G/F PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2858 8238, sohofama.com
Heritage dining at The Chinese Library
In the colonial heritage centre, Tai Kwun, The Chinese Library sits quaint and elegant in all its glory. The Chinese restaurant is set with a sophisticated backdrop of grande, banquette style furnishings with light embellishments of brass, jade-tones and sleek, dark wood. Dine here for a taste of innovative dim sum dishes bringing together the best cooking techniques from across Chinese regions.
Block 01, Tai Kwun, Police Headquarters, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2848 3088, chineselibrary.com.hk
Grandfather-inspired dishes at Mr. Ming’s
Another contemporary dim sum eatery on the block, Mr. Ming’s is another eatery by Ming Fat House who brought us Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour, Mrs Pound (now closed), and Foxglove, to name a few. The restaurant serves handcrafted dim sum in K11 Musea, inspired by the chef’s grandfather’s traditional home-cooked dishes from childhood.
1F, 113A, 18 Salisbury Road, K11 Muséa, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2119 2949, mingfathouse.com
Fine dining at Langham Hotel’s T’ang Court
With an astonishing three Michelin stars under its belt, Langham Hotel’s T’ang Court is a longstanding runner in fine dining and dim sum. The restaurant specialises in authentic Cantonese dishes, paying tribute to the time-honoured craft. Try one of the culinary masterpieces here on a decadent night out.
1F and 2F, The Langham, Hong Kong, 8 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2132 7898, langhamhotels.com