08 Aug Best 14 Dim Sum Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur For A Yum Cha Feast
Dim sum is one of the most essential parts of Chinese cuisine, specifically Cantonese cuisine. Har Gow, Siew Mai, Char Siu Bao, just to name a few—these are the staple dishes that represent every good dim sum restaurant. Yet beyond that, what makes a dim sum restaurant stand out is its variety of selections, creativity, and service offered to customers. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or even as a little midday pick-me-up, dim sum dishes are small in size but mighty in taste.
From muslim-friendly halal options and old-school joints, to modern eateries cooking something up their sleeves, check out our lowdown of the best local dim sum in Kuala Lumpur.
Best Halal Dim Sum
Craving some pork-free dim sum but can’t find one that’s up to par? Look no further than Asiari! From the signature Shanghai Yin Yang Xiao Long Bao (soup dumpling) that’s freshly cooked to order, Golden Lava Bun with oozing salted egg yolk fillings, to their coveted Deep-fried Golden Prawn Mango Roll, classic Siew Mai (shrimp dumpling) and Prawn Cheong Fun, you name it they have it! All these steaming hot Dim Sum will surely sweep you off your feet and have you asking for more!
2. Dolly Dim Sum
Located strategically in Malaysia’s largest transit Hub KL Sentral, Nu Sentral is providing seriously delicious dim sums, halal, and better. The Egg Custard Buns at Dolly Dim Sum are done to perfection with soft, full, and gooey custard that you’ll want to share with your loved ones. Their Roasted BBQ Bun features scrumptious chicken char siew (cantonese-style barbecued meat) filling resembling the real deal. Another must-have while you’re here at this halal dim sum spot in KL. Siew Mai filled with tender chicken and prawns is amongst their chef recommendations.
3. Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls
If you’re indecisive and want the best of both worlds, Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls offers delicious, authentic halal dim sum in KL as well as a delectable selection of Thai fares. This way you can pair your spicy chicken feet, curry siew mai, salted egg custard buns and BBQ chicken buns with a wholesome bowl of boat noodles or some thai fried rice. If you’re looking to be more adventurous, we highly recommend their Chicken Kerabu, featuring lemongrass-filled purple dumplings, ginger torch flower, and chicken—a symphony of colors on a plate.
Boasting a laid-back, casual ambience, this is the perfect spot for you to satisfy your dim sum cravings.
Best Local Dim Sum
4. Restaurant Jin Xuan Hong Kong
With eight branches across Klang Valley, Jin Xuan has come a long way from its humble beginnings on Jalan Kuchai Lama as Kam Hin Restaurant. Serving the best dim sum in Kuala Lumpur, Jin Xuan has even implemented a queue system (where queue numbers are distributed and then announced when they’re up) to handle large crowds.
Known for their impressive efficiency, dim sum dishes here are delectable—pillowy soft char siew bao (steamed buns with barbecue pork fillings), sweet and sticky spare ribs, creamy lava buns and more. We definitely had our eyes set on their steamed ma lai koh (Malay sponge cake), where fluffy slightly sweet steamed cakes are served in bamboo steamers.
Given the fair price and consistent quality of its dim sum, Jin Xuan definitely merits a visit or two (or three).
5. Sing Pao Dim Sum Restaurant
If you’re itching for some classic, neighbourhood dim sum at night, make your way to Sing Pao Dim Sum Restaurant because they’re open until midnight! Steamy and savoury, these small dim sum dishes will warm you up for a good supper. The dim sums are served on a small plate and come with a side of mayonnaise and chilli sauce. You’ll be happy to find out that they’re super generous with their portions. Some of their must-trys include bacon wrapped fish balls, prawn dumplings, radish cakes and pork ribs. If you’re looking for something filling, opt for their thick porridge with ground nuts and toppings of dried oyster and century egg.
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6. Restoran Dai Sam Yum
You can never go wrong with Restoran Dai Sam Yum’s classic dim sum. From afar, its iconic yellow signboard will catch your attention, luring you to come over and indulge in their dim sums. Their dishes are all homemade so you can feel the sincerity in preparing each and every piece of these dim sums. They’re then steamed in a huge bamboo steamer which gives a nostalgic feeling to anyone who grew up eating dim sum. You get all the standard fare and the service here is incredibly efficient too.
Come early in the morning to witness all their fresh dumplings overload in their trays, ready to serve. Dim sums aside, we highly recommend giving their Hokkien mee and lor mee a try!
7. Foo Hing Dim Sum House
How far would you go to savour the best dim sum in KL? Would you be willing to travel to a heavily congested part of the town and join an extremely long queue? Did I mention dining under 40 minutes? If you checked all the boxes above, welcome to Foo Hing Dim Sum.
Even on a Wednesday morning this Puchong-based restaurant is packed to the brim. But that’s just something you’ll have to compromise on if you’re looking to enjoy good local dim sum.
The large crowd aside, Foo Hing never ceases to impress with their excellent service and quality dim sum. Almost every single item on their menu tastes sublime, especially their char siew pau (steamed pork bun), which is smaller in size but packed out with filling. They are also known for their flaky and creamy Portuguese tarts that are super addictive; one is never enough!
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Best Upmarket Dim Sum
8. Lai Po Heen
Inspired by the famous family residences of 19th century Chinese tycoons and specialises in classic Cantonese delicacies and dim sum specialties, Lai Po Heen is known for its simply breathtaking decor featuring towering ceilings, elegant chandeliers, and exquisite parquet floors.
Guests are welcomed to witness as their renowned chefs demonstrate their culinary prowess in an open kitchen, deftly crafting iconic dishes like handcrafted dim sum boasting luxurious fillings of abalones, shrimps, and fresh scallops.
9. Grand Harbour
You might be compelled to order Grand Harbour’s signature dim sums—quail egg dumplings that resemble sparrows, piggy lotus paste buns, and durian puffs shaped in swans—but they can be hit-or-miss.
The staples from Chef Chan Peng Wah’s dim sum kitchen, however, are second-to-none. The Har Gao (steamed crystal shrimp dumpling) features a bouncy texture. The Siew Mai is fresh and juicy. The lava buns with its flavourful, flowing salted egg yolk custard filling doesn’t disappoint either.
Be sure to try out their crispy shrimp with red rice rolls, where the prawns are encased in deep-fried vermicelli and then wrapped in silky cheong fun (rice noodle roll), or the buttery, flaky pastry with honey barbecue pork filling.
10. Jade Pavillion
Experience cantonese cuisine redefined at the one and only Jade Pavillion. Helmed by culinary artists Chef Kenny Lee and Chef Dino Lee—the former a Chinese Masterchef and the latter with a string of culinary experiences under his belts, Jade Pavillion’s menu showcases a fantastic array of Chinese dim sum specialties.
Their hot-selling items include the classic har gow, siew mai, and mango shrimp rolls. We highly swear by their deep fried yam puffs topped with oyster sauce-marinated foie gras which gives you a contrast of texture to the crisp and mushy yam puffs with a moreish, fatty texture.
If you’re looking for a fine dim sum KL experience that screams opulence, make your way to Jade Pavillion.
11. Yu by Ruyi
Located in the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur, Yu by Ruyi is brought to you by award-winning Chinese restaurant Ruyi & Lyn. This dim sum spot offers curated pork-free specialties some of which even look too adorable to be devoured.
If you’re unsure which dim sums to opt for, their giant dim sum basket could never go wrong. This dish comes filled with a vast array of dim sum items ranging from salted egg yolk hedgehog buns, seafood-filled sakura prawn dumplings, gula Melaka (palm sugar) honeycomb cake, charcoal custard buns, goldfish-shaped dumplings, and much much more.
Best All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum Buffets
12. Red Chinese Cuisine
Besides being halal, Red Chinese Cuisine at Pullman KLCC has put together an exciting range of frozen dim sum for dine-in, takeaways, and deliveries.
All is welcome to indulge in their all-you-can-eat dim sum buffet, featuring juicy Chicken and Mushroom Siew Mai, Chinese Fungus, Chicken Dumplings, and Beancurd Cheese Roll that you can either steam or pan-fry until it turns golden brown.
Alternatively, you can order these signature items in bulk and enjoy it at the comfort of your own home, too!
13. Lai Ching Yuen
Lai Ching Yuen is celebrated for its sophisticated food presentation thus its acclamation as an instagrammable restaurant. Some of their must-trys include Steamed Glutinous Rice with assorted meat, flavourful sauce and delicious glutinous rice.
We definitely had our attention set on their Shanghai Xiao Long Baos served on individual holders, giving you that unique experience. While it’s on the higher end of the spectrum, we believe it’s worth paying for as the restaurant provides a wide-array of choices with a relaxing ambience.
Did we mention it’s also pork-free? Make sure to make your reservations prior as the place can be crowded at times.
Tuesday to Friday: 12PM-2.30PM, 6PM-10PM
Saturday to Sunday: 11AM-2.30PM, 6PM-10PM
Closed on Mondays
Lai Ching Yuen
13. Lai Ching Yuen
Lai Ching Yuen is celebrated for its sophisticated food presentation thus its acclamation as an instagrammable restaurant. Some of their must-trys include Steamed Glutinous Rice with assorted meat, flavourful sauce and delicious glutinous rice. We definitely had our attention set on their Shanghai Xiao Long Baos served on individual holders, giving you that unique experience. While it’s on the higher end of the spectrum, we believe it’s worth paying for as the restaurant provides a wide-array of choices with a relaxing ambience. Did we mention it’s also pork-free? Make sure to make your reservations prior as the place can be crowded at times.
14. Old Shanghai
Old Shanghai (ironically) takes a contemporary approach on Asian cuisine highlighting dim sum items like Lamb Frit Balls, Curry Spaghettini with Salmon, Beef Kut Teh Noodles, and Angus Beef Rendang.
If you’re down for a classic oriental experience in the heart of KL, Old Shanghai also offers all-day dim sum and other Chinese specialties.
You can enjoy their Unlimited Dim Sum Lunch Set that starts from every Monday to Saturday whereby you can select a Main Course and relish in a halal Dim Sum Bites buffet topped with complimentary free-flowing iced or hot lemon tea.
General FAQs about Dim Sums
What is Dim Sum?
Dim sum denotes a large variety of small Cantonese dishes that are traditionally enjoyed in restaurants for breakfast or brunch. It consists of small plates of dumplings and other snack dishes and is typically accompanied by Chinese tea.
Is Dim sum & yum cha the same?
Dim Sum and Yum Cha are often used interchangeably but they mean two different things. Dim Sum refers to the range of small dishes such as buns, dumplings, and so on. Yum Cha on the other hand, literally translates to ‘drink tea’.
How do you eat dim sum?
Many say dim sum should be eaten in one bite, but that’s not the case. It’s not sushi. The flavours are best embraced and enjoyed when savoured slowly. More complex dim sum such as Xiao Long Bao has to be eaten carefully otherwise you’ll make a mess.
What are some of the dishes at dim sum?
The most popular types of dim sum range from siu mai, har gao, cheong fun, potsticker dumplings, char siew bao, spring rolls, and sesame prawn toast. The sweet selection includes puffs, tarts, and puddings.
From halal and non-halal options, to specialty and all-you-can-eat buffets, that pretty much sums up our list for the best dim sum spots in Kuala Lumpur. We hope you’ll be able to enjoy these gems as much as we do. If dim sum is this good, then imagine how good bright sum must be (pun intended)!