Dim sum is a Chinese cuisine style, in which steamed, fried, baked bite-sized portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. Traditionally, dim sum are ready-to-serve dishes displayed on carts which then being pushed around tea houses waiting for diners to order. Used to being served only for breakfast and brunch but nowadays, you can pretty much have a dim sum feast any time of the day. Being the next-door neighbor to China, Vietnamese people also share a great passion for this particular cuisine. In this article, we will lead you to five of the most scrumptious dim sum spots in town.
Fu Rong Hua Restaurant
One of the household names in Hanoi’s Chinese food scene, Fu Rong Hua has a prime location, literally steps away from the busy Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square and Hoan Kiem Lake. With classic dishes being prepared freshly and carefully by Hong Kong cuisine experts, many foodies have praised the authenticity of the food here.
Some of the have-to-order items on the menu at Fu Rong Hua include custard buns, deep-fried dumplings and chives buns. Additionally, their chicken feet and spicy mapo tofu are among the best-sellers.
Opening hours: 10.00 a.m. – 23.00 p.m.
Price range: 45.000 – 280.000 VND
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/furonghuarestaurant/
Probably the least glamorous option on this list, Wenxing lies modestly next to the enormous VP bank building on Thai Ha Street. The restaurant is pretty spacious, occupying a two-story building. The façade of Wen Xing has that slight Chinese/ Hong Kong-ish feel with bright colorful neon signs. Also, the eatery is pretty casual with a modern cafeteria style, hence, suitable for families and groups of friends.
Besides the classic dim sum and bun choices, Wenxing offers diners with a great variety of other Chinese delicacies such as Peking duck and stir-fried dishes. One very interesting plus point from Wenxing’s bun selection is that they are made to look like different trendy cartoon figures, which is a super fun and creative way to present food.
Address: No. 175 Thai Ha Street
Opening hours: 09.00 a.m. – 21.00 p.m.
Price range: 50 – 800.000 VND
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nhahangwenxinghk/
Tim Ho Wan Restaurant
Tim Ho Wan is an international dim sum chain originated from Hong Kong, being the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant, entered Vietnam in 2014. Located in one of the main business quarters of Hanoi, Tim Ho Wan is a semi-formal lunch spot for businessmen during the day and a pleasant family get-together place for dinner. To maintain the food quality and consistency, Tim Ho Wan sticks to a simple and basic menu displaying all their specialties including their famous fluffy pork buns and the tasty spinach and prawn dumplings. Another factor making Tim Ho Wan a go-to dim sum place is the glorious view of the city customers get to witness.
Opening hour: 11.30 a.m. – 22.00 p.m.
Price range: 40 – 100.000 VND
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TimHoWan36/
Crystal Jade Palace
Downright the more expensive and luxurious pick in this list, Crystal Jade has solidly established themselves as one of the best dim sum and Chinese food institutions in Hanoi. Located in the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi – one of the most prestigious hotels in town, Crystal Jade lives up to its hefty price tag by bringing to diners authentic flavors of Chinese cuisine, in a charming and dazzling dining room, overlooking the city. The staff is also extremely well-trained to accommodate the outstanding experience.
Some of the dim sums that we recommend are the shrimp dumplings, the BBQ pork buns or the steamed milky balls. Xiao Long Bao and mushrooms Buns are also the two must-order items. If you are not too full after such a feast, Crystal Jade’s dessert menu is also quite mouthwatering.
There are two separate menu at Crystal Jade: the dim sum menu only available at lunchtime and the more extensive Chinese food menu at dinner.
Address: No. 8 Do Duc Duc Road.
Opening hour: lunch service from 11.30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (10.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday); dinner service from 18.00 p.m. – 21.00 p.m.
Price range (for the dim sum menu only): 68 – 1.288.000 VND
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cjphanoi/
A worthy competitor to Crystal Jade, Ming has been around for a while, serving some of the best buns and dumplings in town. As a restaurant of the Pan Pacific Hotel, Ming’s dining room is designed in a modern oriental style, with private dining rooms suitable for business meetings and open seating areas for family or casual parties.
Ming Restaurant is famous for its dim sum buffet, with more than 50 different types of dumplings and buns, guarantee to deliver an authentic and refined Cantonese food experience. The buffet also includes a lot of other Chinese specialties, make sure to give Ming a try.
Opening hours: Lunch service from 11.00 a.m. – 2 p.m.; dinner service from 17.30 p.m. – 22.00 p.m.
Price range: 288.000 VND children from 5 – 12 years old; 488.000 VND for adults.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ming.pphan/