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It takes a pandemic to make us realise all the little things we take for granted, from simply being able to buy flour to meeting up with friends and family for a meal. Going out for dim sum has long been a local family tradition, the act of yum cha being the great embodiment of a Hong Kong family meal. If you’ve been self-isolating and craving these moreish morsels, why not order from one of these dim sum restaurants that offer delivery or takeaway? Take supporting local businesses one step further and buy some authentic handcrafted bamboo steamers to put your order in as well.
Ding Dim 1968 is a stylish and inexpensive dim sum restaurant with one location in Central. The master chef helming the kitchen, Sifu Chan, also known as Master Black, has been making dim sum since 1968 when he was only 14 years old. Their straightforward menu of dim sum classics is prepared with no MSG, and there are vegetarian options abound. You can order from Ding Dim 1968 via Deliveroo and Foodpanda, where they offer regular and vegetarian set meals (starting from $110) that are perfect for one person, or premium dim sum packages (starting from $1,188 for 10-plus diners) for your COVID-19 farewell party when all of this is over.
Yum Cha sprang onto the local restaurant scene with their modern and Instagrammable takes on all our dim sum favourites. Now you can get their famous Molten Custard Buns ($53)—complete with googly eyes—and BBQ Piggy Buns ($53) delivered straight to your door via Deliveroo from their Central, Causeway Bay, or Mong Kok restaurants. Their other gorgeous bites like the Naked Veg & Black Truffle Dumplings ($53) and Sticky Honey Balsamic Chicken Wings ($86) are also available, as well as combo sets packed with their signature dim sum selections.
Missing the feeling of slurping hot soup from Din Tai Fung’s signature delicate Pork Xiao Long Bao ($64)? Now you can order them straight to your doorstep via Foodpanda! We tried it out for ourselves and can guarantee that the fragile and flavourful little dumplings come hot and intact with the precious soup, if not a bit shrivelled due to transportation. Their full menu is also available for delivery, including their signature dumplings and buns as well as noodle soups and hot mains.
While you’re at it, why not order some dumplings from Crystal Jade as well so you can have a xiao long bao taste test from the comfort of your own couch? In case an order of four pieces of their yummy Xiao Long Bao ($43) doesn’t satisfy you, their full menu is also available through Deliveroo and Foodpanda, with Chinese delights such as Shanghai-style Sautéed Rice Flour Cakes ($88) and Sichuan Dan Dan Noodles ($64).
JIA group’s sophisticated Chinese eatery Duddell’s is also available for delivery and pick-up via JIA Everywhere, with a minimum order of $800 off of the à la carte menu and free delivery for orders on Hong Kong Island. Treat yourself to a customised and indulgent meal of reinvented Chinese classics, like Scallop Dumplings with Asparagus & Caviar ($88), Crispy Barbecue Pork Bun ($78), and Steamed Fungus Bun ($68). Duddell’s is also offering sharing sets (starting from $1,320) and a Peking Duck Set Menu ($1,280) that are good for groups of four, so you can keep to the legal gathering limit and still enjoy delicious dim sum.
Dim Dim Sum is a cheap and convenient dim sum joint with locations in Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories. They cater to dim sum lovers of all tastes, with traditional options like Steamed Shrimp Dumplings ($40), Siu Mai ($40), and Steamed Beef Balls ($23), and creative bites like BBQ Pork Puffs ($22) and Mushroom & Truffle Buns ($28). You can also find vegan dim sum offerings and soups based on traditional Chinese medicine. Order through Deliveroo or pick up at their restaurants, and don’t forget to grab some “real” Pineapple Buns ($28) with pineapple custard filling and local beers and kombucha to wash it all down.
If you’re looking for no-frills traditional dim sum, Dim Sum Heritage is the way to go. Available on Deliveroo, Foodpanda, and Uber Eats, Dim Sum Heritage is another inexpensive option with traditional dim sum offerings like Steamed Chicken Feet ($26) and Satay Tripe ($35). Their rice flour rolls (cheung fun) are homemade too, and we particularly love their Crispy Prawn Roll Cheung Fun ($43). Other highlights include their take on Egg Custard Buns ($33), made with charcoal and salted egg yolk for a black and gold look.
Dim Chill is a virtual restaurant brand established by the founders of local favourites SoupDay and CongeeDay, and is available for delivery via Deliveroo. Dim Chill uses fresh ingredients to create authentic dim sum delights that can rival any traditional dim sum restaurant, and you’ll be able to find all the classics here for your next meal, as well as cute, novel creations like the Creamy Custard Penguin Buns ($42) that are shaped like an adorable pair of penguins. It’s also a one-stop-shop for Hongkongese classics such as Steamed Chicken and Black Fungus Pot Rice ($55), Hong Kong-style Yellow Curry Beef Brisket Rice ($78), and Century Egg and Pork Congee ($58).
Chic Chinese all-day dining concept SHÈ elevates traditional Chinese flavours with their modern touch. Their nourishing soups and Impossible Meat dishes are excellent for the health-conscious and veggie diners, while their signature dim sum is available on Deliveroo until 4 pm. Try their Rose Gold Steamed Shrimp Dumplings ($68), gorgeous Yin-Yang Sponge Cake ($62), and Kurobuta Pork Siu Mai with Caviar ($68). It’s not exactly your mum’s home cooking, but they’ve really got that wow factor.
Sichuan Lab has infused their classic dim sum offerings with contemporary Sichuan elements, resulting in a creative menu that’s packed full of flavour and surprise. Must-tries include their take on a Pan-fried Pepper Pork Patty ($64), made with Sichuan cured pork and a flakey and buttery pie crust that’s not overwhelmingly spicy despite being made with Kampot pepper, one of the world’s hottest peppers. Sichuan Lab is available on Deliveroo and Foodpanda, and you can also enjoy an array of hot pot delicacies and gourmet Sichuan cuisine via self-pick-up with a discount of 30 percent off.