The Hong Kong Dim Sum Expert Guide

Dim sum, a large range of Chinese refreshments, snacks and small dishes, can be found in Cantonese tea restaurants and eateries. There are many different types of dim sum you can actually try while you are in Hong Kong. In this highlighted article, we are going to introduce you to some of the most common dim sum you can typically find in Hong Kong. Read on to discover more!


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Char Siu Bao (Barbecue Pork Bun)


Char Siu refers to the barbecue pork that is very common to find in most Cantonese restaurant in Hong Kong. This type of white bun is filled with barbecue flavoured pork and is always served as a type of dim sum refreshment in Cantonese tea restaurant for yum cha. Char Siu Bao is probably the most well-known dim sum in foreign countries; its sweet taste of barbecue sauce is no doubt everyone's favourite indeed.


Cheong Fun


These thin rice rolls are a very popular choice for breakfast and dim sum in Hong Kong. There are various types of Cheong Fun you can find in the restaurants, from steamed and pan-fried to stuffed and deep-fried. They are commonly filled with shrimp, barbecue pork, beef or vegetables. Plain Cheong Fun can easily be find in most congee breakfast eateries in Hong Kong, too.


Chicken Feet


Most people find Chicken Feet disgusting - but have you really tried it? This dim sum is treated as a snack during yum cha because there's really not much chicken meat you can eat from it. The chicken feet are very gelatinous; the sauces are absorbed by its soft skin. Once you have tried it, you can't resist it anymore.


Custard Bun


Whoever enjoy a sweet dim sum should try this immediately! This steamed egg custard bun is filled with a balanced mix of sweet and salty filling. A good custard bun should be stuffed with melting filling - just like a molten lava. Treat it as breakfast, a small meal, or even dessert when you want something sweet and delicious.


Har Gow (Shrimp Dumpling)


This type of shrimp dumpling is a very traditional dim sum in Cantonese restaurants in Hong Kong. The skin of the dumplings should be translucent so you can see the pinky shrimp filling from the outside. It is usually the top ranged dim sum in the tea restaurant. If you love seafood, especially shrimp, you should definitely try this signature dim sum for sure!


Siu Mai


Last but not least, here's another top ranged dim sum you can find in any authentic Cantonese restaurants: Siu Mai. This type of dim sum is probably the most variable dish in Cantonese cuisine. Since forever, it has also been popular as a street food hence you can find it literally everywhere in Hong Kong. The most common version of Siu Mai is yellow skinned, stuffed with pork and shrimp, and topped with crab roe.

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