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Lucky 8: best dim sum restaurants for families during Chinese New Year
Date Published : 30 Jan 2019

Chinese New Year week's coming up! Here's our rundown on some of the best dim sum restaurants that will be up and running for you and your family during all or part of the CNY holidays. 

John Anthony
WOM recommends: Braised fish maw soup with Chinese perch and tangerine peel
John Anthony, at Lee Garden Three in Causeway Bay, takes inspiration from the trade routes that connected China with the West during the Qing Dynasty. With its arched passageways, wooden dividers and a rococo colour palette, John Anthony is a great spot to take family who prioritise style and an intimate environment over the general traditions of CNY;  highly suitable for groups of four or less. Notable dim sum dishes include, the mouthwatering pineapple bun with char siu and the gorgeous squid-ink and seafood soup dumplings. We also recommend their soups, in particular the braised fish maw with Chinese perch and tangerine peel. G/F Lee Garden Three, 1 Sunning Rd, Causeway Bay, 2898 3788;

WOM recommends: Har gao,
Quail egg with pork and shrimp
With eight private rooms and the backdrop of Victoria Harbour, Dynasty is the perfect place for bigger family gatherings. Dynasty focuses on authentic classic recipes and the dim sum is no exception. The har gao are juicy morsels of shrimp, with a soft, yet satisfyingly chewy texture. We recommend getting at least two servings of the quail egg with pork & shrimp. Truly unmissable! 3/F, Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, 2802 8888;

Maxim’s Palace
WOM recommends: Mini egg tarts, Char siu bao

Yes, this place gets pretty crowded and can get noisy, but it’s all part of the charm. An icon of family-style dim sum for many, it’s also one of the few places that still have those nostalgic dim sum trolleys. The best part is the dessert carts, with the colourful array easily seen. We vouch for their amazing egg tarts, and the char siu bao. 2/F, City Hall, 5-7 Edinburgh Place, Central, 2521 1303;


Xia Fei Society
WOM recommends: Braised lion's head meatballs, Xiaolongbao

This large restaurant is perfectly suited to banquets, serving up a range of classic Shanghainese dishes. The menu includes dim sum, crispy golden pastries, bubbling casseroles, dried seafood dishes, desserts and more. The xiaolongbao have an amazingly thin wrapper, while the other dim sum, in particular, the deep-fried options, are absolutely moreish. 4/F, Century Square, 1-13 D’Aguilar Street, 2522 7611;
Tin Lung Heen
WOM recommends: Baked middle east Yoshihara abalone puff, Barbecued Iberian pork with honey

On the 102nd floor of Hong Kong’s tallest building is this elegant Chinese restaurant. It’s designed with high ceilings, dark woods, floor-to-ceiling windows and a three-tiered chandelier. Every table is afforded an incredible view. The dim sum menu boasts some of the best versions in town, including the turnip cake and siu mai, as well as luxurious options such as their baked middle east Yoshihara abalone puff and the steamed glutinous rice with abalone and foie gras. While you are there, you might as well order a plate of the much-loved, much-lauded, barbecued Iberian pork with honey. International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui NO PHONE NO;
China Tang
WOM recommends: Steamed lobster dumpling

For those looking for luxurious surroundings, China Tang is a great option. Known for its beautifully designed furniture, antique chandeliers, and embroidered wall decor, China Tang is the place to impress the in-laws. There is a great array of dim sum, including the decadent steamed lobster dumpling and the more familiar steamed beef balls wrapped with tofu sheet. The restaurant has recently introduced an ‘evening dim sum’ dining option. 411-413, 15 Queen's Road, Central, 2522 2148; Ying Jee Club
WOM recommends: Mini baked char siu bao with pineapple bun topping

Stepping inside the woodsy and cosy upstairs dining room of Ying Jee is a familiar experience for us. The dim sum menu is ambitious, with a selection of more than 20 types, including some new combinations like spring rolls with crab and shrimp, a vegetable dumpling with truffle, and the sublime A9 Wagyu rice flour rolls. Most of these creations are made from high-end ingredients without sacrificing their comfort food allure. What stole our hearts was the mini baked char siu bao with pineapple bun topping. Soft and chewy brioche-like texture with a slightly sweet crunchy crust, filled with a burst of char siu umami. Shop G05, 107-108, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road, Central, 2801 6882;

Fu Sing Seafood Restaurant
WOM recommends: Char siu bun

Famed for its char siu, which is succulent, tender and perfectly charred, this dish is a must-order at Fu Sing. Other noteworthy dishes include the steamed crab in rice wine with egg custard, as well as the same char siu used in the most buttery of pastries  — the char siu bun -  available for dim sum lunch and can also be pre-ordered for dinner. All branches are popular and if you don’t get a private room, it can get rather crowded and noisy, especially at lunch. 1/F, Sunshine Plaza, 353 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, 2893 0881;

Angie Kwon


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