“You Dim Sum, you lose some!”
The traditional Dim Sum experience is an interesting one. You have the full breadth of the Cantonese experience; where people wait in long queues, tolerate crying babies, waiters run from table to table frantically, all with a slight madness hanging in the air. Amidst the fanfare belies the serene culture of the Dim Sum way, hearkening back to the days where eating Dim Sum was a theatrical experience performed in hushed dining rooms with servicemen standing at your attention. But whatever the differences, the two are bridged across time by a mutual love for food of the steam-basket variety.
Here is a pick of the best vegetarian dim sums in Hong Kong. Enjoy your meal!
Pure Veggie House
Located in in the Mid levels of Coda Plaza – this very popular eatery is a must-visit for those who crave a Chinese delicacy with vegetarian options. A quaint atmosphere, delicious food, and a cozy dining layout come together to make for an elegant dim sum experience while catching up with your friends or family.
Must Try: Dan Dan M een, Turnip puff, Pan fried dumplings, Any dim sum literally!
Pure Veggie House | 3/F, Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Road, Mid-Levels | 2525 0552
Chi Lin Nunnery
If you’re looking for a dim sum retreat to lounge at after a hard day’s work, this is the perfect place. Located amidst the lush Nan Lian Gardens in Diamond Hill, the fresh garden air carries with it a scent of sand and trees, and a soothing waterfall drapes lazily across the background. The restaurant itself sits just behind the waterfall, inviting you to take a seat behind ceiling-height windows which overlook the garden.
After enjoying your dim sum, kick back and de-stress with the sound of running water, or take a walk to the nearby monastery – it’s a peaceful refuge hidden within the beautiful gardens!
Must Try: Mix Vegetable Dumpling with Spinach, Carrot Cake, Sesame Seed and Lotus Paste Sweet Dumpling
Chi Lin Vegetarian | Long Men Lou, Nan Lian Garden, 60 Fung Tak Road,, Diamond Hill | 3658 9388
Lok Cha Tea House
Another garden setting, this time in the city center. Situated deep in the heart of Central at Hong Kong Park, this tea house not only looks but feels nostalgic, divining a very familiar and homely atmosphere.
As a bonus, their menu never fails to surprise you as it keeps changing every now and then! Enjoy the tea, turnip cakes and vast collection of sinfully yummy dim sums – don’t forget the curry! You will leave feeling as if you haven’t gotten enough.
Must Try: Jasmine dumpling, Glutinous flour dumpling, Turnip cake
Lok Cha Tea House | Ground Floor, The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, Admiralty, Hong Kong Park | 2801 7177
Din Tai Fung
This is a renowned Taiwanese Michelin Star restaurant located at Causeway Bay. I am sure most of you have already heard of this place before. There is always a long queue outside the restaurant – people gathered around with pencils and menu cards, ticking their favorite options. You really won’t take too much time pondering over your order – your nose and taste buds will tell you! It’s an amazing eatery – don’t miss it!
Must Try: Steamed veg dumpling, Steamed veg bun, Red bean dim sum, Cucumber in spicy sauce
Din Tai Fung TST | Shop No.4F,4/F.,Miramar Shopping Centre ,132 Nathan Road,Tsim Sha Tsui,Kowloon | 28982499
Din Tai Fung CWB | Shop G3-11, G/F, 68 Yee Wo St., Causeway Bay | 3160 8998
The Chinese Restaurant
This restaurant at the Hyatt, has a 1920’s tea house feel with a touch of modernity blended in. You can be assured that you will leave the place with a warm, authentic Chinese food experience. The choice is yours to choose from a lunch set, comprising of a wide range of tempting Cantonese courses; or taste from their unique array of dim sums from the ala-carte menu. You can even get complimentary valet parking!
Must Try: Crispy Bean Curd Roll with mushrooms and assorted veggies, Steamed Eggplant with Garlic
The Chinese Restaurant | 3/F, Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | 3721 7788