Whether steamed, fried or soupy, dumplings are lip-smacking either way. These little pieces of delight are traditionally enjoyed from morning to early afternoon but have become more like an everyday part of life for Hongkongers. From five-star hotels to neighborhood restaurants, you can find them everywhere. Interestingly, many of today’s chefs are putting contemporary spins on the traditional Cantonese fare, making dim sum all the more interesting and the diversity and the sheer number of dumpling restaurants present across Hong Kong is amazing. Your quest for some of the juiciest, the best seasoned and the most flavourful dumplings across town ends here. We’ve got the research covered. So just head over and delve in these heavenly dim sums for these are some of the top spots appreciated by locals and tourists alike for the little delightful balls of flavor, ranging from your local neighborhood joint to Michelin star restaurants. Check out the list below, of the 10 best places for dumplings in Hong Kong.
1. Din Tai Fung
With precision-made dumplings and especially the best xiaolongbaos around town found here, this place generally sees a line of hungry customers even before it opens at 11:30 am. The place is also super busy so going at peak lunch hour may not be a very good decision. The pork and chicken ones are the most loved.
The xiaolongbaos are tasty soup dumplings that are filled with pork and soup. However, if you’re not acquainted with these dumplings beforehand, you must know that if you bite into these without caution, you’ll likely end up with a scalded chin. What you need to do instead is carefully take the dumpling in your spoon and either bite a hole or stab with your chopstick as this will release and cool the deliciously savory soup, for sipping.
Din Tai Fung
Address: Silvercord Branch: Shop 306, 3/F, Silvercord, 30 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Website: Din Tai Fung
Business hours: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Average price (for two): USD 9 - USD 38
2. Ho Lee Fook
three years of ho lee fook, over a quarter of a million mom's "mostly cabbage a little bit of pork" dumplings consumed. now that's something to celebrate. #3yearsofHLFPosted by Ho Lee Fook on Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Roughly translating to ‘good fortune for your mouth’, Ho Lee Fook is just that. It is a funky Chinese kitchen that takes an inventive approach to traditional Chinese flavors and serves modern interpretations of classic dishes. The dumplings and the beef ribs here are out of the world. The beef ribs, however, are better suited to larger groups because of the portion size served. This underground dining room with its dim lighting and loud hip-hop and rock 'n’ roll, also showcases the talent of local artist Jonathan Jay Lee.
Ho Lee Fook
Address: G/F, No.1-5 Elgin Street, SoHo, Hong Kong, China
Website: Ho Lee Fook
Business hours: 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Average price(for two): USD 38 - USD 101
3. Paradise Dynasty
This chain is originally from Singapore and it prides itself for its innovative touches on the regular fare. The outlet’s interior design adorned with textured dark timber, Imperial court lamps, bronze lotus flowers and set against the stunning backdrop with a shimmering Emperor’s Dragon Robe, captures the bygone era of Imperial China with a contemporary twist. The dumplings here are a signature dish and are served in a large steamer basket. The dumpling basket here is a riot of color with green, black, fuchsia, brown, orange and yellow. They have three outlets across Hong Kong- one in Causeway Bay, one in Mongkok and one in Tsing Yi.
Address: (1) 6/F, Lee Theatre Plaza, No. 99 Percival St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Website: Paradise Dynasty
Business hours: 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Average price (for two): USD 9 - USD 38
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4. Dim Sum Square
This place is great value for money and extremely popular among tourists as well as locals. You must queue up early for lunch since the queue almost goes around the block. Once seated, the service is pretty quick. This is one of the few places which serve dim sum all day, unlike some others which stop serving in the evening. The place is especially famous for its custard buns which come with thick and indulgent custard and make for a good choice for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Dim Sum Square
Address: G/F, 88 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Website: Dim Sum Square
Business hours: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Average price (for two): Under USD 8.92
5. Tim Ho Wan
Ranking among the most affordable Michelin-star restaurant in the world, this erstwhile neighborhood dim sum spot has become a hot favorite among tourists and Hongkongers alike. Long queues form and as a result, the locals generally opt for takeout. Dimsums are an all-day affair at the Tim Ho Wan. In addition to its scrumptious dim sum, it’s also famous for its baked barbecue pork buns and pan-fried turnip cake, traditionally festive food for the Chinese New Year that has now picked up as a year-round favorite.
Tim Ho Wan
Address: Shop 72, G/F, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui | Olympian City Mall, Hong Kong
Website: Tim Ho Wan
Business hours: 9AM-9PM
Average price(for two): Under USD 8.92
6. Northern Dumpling Yuan
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
This lovely little local dumpling shop serves mouthwatering bite-sized portions of the well-rounded goodness called dumplings with the perfect amount of carb wrapped around a lump of succulent meat or vegetables. They serve fresh, homemade dumplings with about 10 varieties of filling in batches of 5 or 10 at a time. The fried dumplings with pork and leek are juice-packed, crispy pockets that are a hit here. They also allow you to buy freshly made dumplings in batches to cook in soup according to your taste and comfort at your home. With fast service and reasonable prices, this place should definitely be on your list.
Northern Dumpling Yuan
Address:No. 134, Portland Street | G/F, Tak Wing Building, Hong Kong
Website: Northern Dumplings Yuan
Business hours: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Average price (for two): USD 12
7. Megan's Kitchen
This is a multi-course hot pot and Cantonese dining spot which offers private booths with sliding screens on request. It is best known for its unique hot pot soup bases and the pork and black truffle dumplings which are favorites among the crowds that frequent the joint. They also serve specialties like steamed minced beef with dried mandarin peel. Even though the place is slightly pricey, it’s totally worth the money for a meal once in a while.
Address: 5/F Lucky Centre 165-171 Wanchai Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Website: Megan’s Kitchen
Business hours: 12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Average price (for two): USD 38 - USD 101
8. Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Having made its debut in Hong Kong in 2001, this restaurant brings a contemporary twist to the classic Beijing, Sichuan and Shanghai cuisine. The joint has also been recommended for seven consecutive years by prestigious Hong Kong and Macau Michelin Guide with ‘Bib Gourmand’ recognition for providing high-quality cuisine and value for money delicacies. Some must-try items here are dragon dumplings with pork, dan dan noodles, and soup dumplings.
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Address: Shop 3328, Level 3, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Website: Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Business hours: 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Average price(for two): USD 9 - USD 38
9. Dumpling Yuan
Located in Central Hong, this quaint and simple restaurant is a local favorite and it is enjoying its third year on the Michelin guide. It serves bowls of heavenly steamed dumplings with mutton and green onion, beef and celery, pork and chive varieties to choose from. Their chopped ribs in sweet and sour sauce, cold noodles with soya bean paste and fried dumplings are a hit among the masses too.
Address: 259 Queen’s Road East Wanchai, Hong Kong
Website: Dumpling Yuan
Business hours: 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Average price (for two): USD 50
10. Xia Xiao Fei
This newly opened restaurant provides its guests with uniquely sophisticated Sichuan, Shanghainese and Cantonese cuisine under the craftsmanship of its four award-winning chefs. With seating of 110 people, this place is located in the basement of K11 shopping mall in TST. Besides the scrumptious dumplings that they serve, a must try would be their sunflower seed tea.
Xia Xiao Fei
Address: Shop B226-B227 K11 Shopping Gallery, No.18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Website: Xia Xiao Fei
Business hours: 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Average price (for two): USD 12 - USD 25
For the uninitiated, there are plenty of types of dumplings you can find around Hong Kong. They include beef balls, cha siu bao, chicken feet, crystal dumplings, custard buns, har gow, siu mai, spring rolls, turnip cake and xiaolongbao inter alia. Try to catch ‘em all.
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