Best Dim Sum In KL

Best Dim Sum In KL

Whether we're sitting on plastic stools as carts chock-full of dainty delights swivel by or in air-conditioned restaurants ordering using a pen and a chit, dim sum has always been a tradition close to our hearts. Choices are aplenty in the city and to get you from dreaming 'sum' to eating 'sum', we've narrowed the list down to these 10 best places in Klang Valley. This guide is all that and dim sum!
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Concorde Hotel's Xin Cuisine is where filial sons and daughters will want to bring their parents and it's only partly because of the majestic dragon-sculpted gold pillar. Only available for weekday lunch or brunch on weekends, dim sum here is made from the heart and merits praise for consistency. For RM15, their Scallop Dumplings are well-worth its price and your parents will love you for the succulent treat. Both the Lao Sa Bao (RM9.50) and Char Siew Bao (RM9.50) boast soft, pillowy buns and flavour-packed fillings. Finally, attempt to coax your company into sharing an Ice Cream Mango Sago (RM13) — the mango-rich dessert is incredibly smooth, thanks to the presence of creamy coconut milk.
Non-halal.
Avg Price: RM50
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Striking a balance between time-honoured dim sum and newfangled recipes, Hoong Foong in USJ 21 makes the perfect meeting point for families, young and old. Be it the flaky Yam Puffs (RM4.50) with superb yam-to-meat filling ratio or the wok hei-laden Fried Glutinous Rice (RM5), freshness is guaranteed here in these shoplots. On weekends, young men heave vast metal trays brimming with dim sum to your table while on quieter weekdays, steamers are made to order so you'll always get your Salted Egg Mai (RM5) — a version of siew mai filled with crumbly salted egg yolk bits — when it's steaming hot. Amp up your open-air breakfast with a glass of potent Kopi Peng (RM3).
Non-halal.
Avg Price: RM20
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Count on Jin Xuan to make hot afternoons better with dim sum that doesn't disappoint (the air-conditioning helps too). Start with the plump, juicy Siew Mai (RM4.50) and then, dig into the delicious Steamed Mixed Rice Rolls (RM4.80) steeped in sweet, briny soy sauce. It'd be a crime to visit Jin Xuan without an order of the Golden Bun or Lao Sa Bao (RM4 for two) but be gentle with this one — the gorgeous salted egg yolk custard spills at the slightest touch. This fourth outlet also happens to be the only one that serves its killer Roast Pork Belly (from RM20) with rice and noodles, which come in handy to feed starving colleagues in case the dim sum doesn't suffice.
Non-halal.
Avg Price: RM20
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At Kepong's famous Ful Lai, you will find that the night is made for dim sum delights. Open till 2:30am, this bustling spot is just the place to sup after a few drinks with your friends. Though a heavier option, the scrumptious Lo Mai Kai or Steamed Glutinous Rice (RM5) is a must-order here — just don't hog it all to yourself! Other than the usuals, the restaurant also serves refreshing alternatives — marinated Jellyfish (RM5.50) and Baby Squid (RM5.50), which remind us very much of Japanese appetisers (only cheaper). Be sure to end your nightcap with their tasty Egg Tarts (RM4.20 for two).
Non-halal.
Avg Price: RM20
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Impress your family of dim sum devotees by bringing them to The Ming Room. This Cantonese restaurant dishes out a consistently good dim sum breakfast, deserving of the love it gets from Bangsar folks — there is almost always a queue, so make reservations for a shorter wait. Look to the well-executed Crystal Spinach Dumpling (RM7) with plenty of spinach to supplement the prawn filling with leafy goodness. From the array of fried delicacies, pick up a plate of Pan-Fried Radish Cake (RM6) — the trio of lightly browned squares are served soft, supple and teeming with radish flavour. Finish brunch in tip-top condition by cleaning off a portion of the specialty Chilled Durian Pudding (RM9)! Non-halal.
Avg Price: RM35
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A rising star in the dim sum scene, Dolly Dim Sum is built upon a contemporary interpretation of the stalwart cuisine. The stunning spot, decked in ravishing blue and gold decor, also dishes out high standard eats. Tuck into the comforting Salted Egg and Shredded Chicken Porridge (RM9.70), a hearty bowl that's good for two. Also good to order is the Dolly Mozza Roll (RM11.50) that will delight cheese-lovers with its melted mozzarella and prawn filling. For dim sum with your girlfriends, book a spot at this pretty place and pray that you won't get oozing salted egg yolk from the Egg Custard Bun (RM7.50) on anyone's dress! Halal.
Avg Price: RM25
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Touted the world's most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant, Tim Ho Wan saw its foray into KL just over a year ago. Now that the wait is over and the initial long queues have dissipated, make this your go-to for Hong Kong dim sum. Bring open-minded dining partners, for the rendition of dim sum here is quite unlike our local offerings. The famed establishment exalts four of Hong Kong chef Mak Kwai Pui's specials coined the Big Four Heavenly Kings — Baked Bun With BBQ Pork (RM10.80 for 3), Vermicelli Roll Stuffed With Pork Liver (RM10.80 for 3), Pan-Fried Carrot Cake (RM9.80 for 3) and Steamed Egg Cakes (RM7.80). All are worth ordering and will swiftly be polished off, with the uniquely crisp baked pork buns and fluffy egg cakes in the lead. Non-halal.
Avg Price: RM25
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Hidden within Bukit Bintang's Grand Millenium Hotel is Lai Ching Yuen, where dim sum is an endless affair. Invite a close friend — preferably one with an appetite! — for the restaurant's all-you-can-eat dim sum brunch for RM78. There are over 50 types of dim sum to choose from, so start by spoiling yourselves with the lavish Steamed Siew Mai with Fish Roe and the fragrant Steamed Spare Ribs with Yam and Garlic. Don't underestimate the simple Steamed Fish Balls, as these handmade morsels are both bouncy and tasty. Before you get tuckered out from binging on unlimited dim sum, lean on the soft folds of the Steamed Bun with Chinese Sausage for a faultless finale! Pro tip: Ration your orders as charges will be incurred for wastage. All-You-Can-Eat promotion only available till end of November. Halal and meat-free options available.
Avg Price: RM80
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You may have seen Yen Yen A One along Old Klang Road, but you've seen nothing until you lay eyes on their flat-rate RM3 dim sum plates, available round-the-clock. That's right, a 24-hour dim sum joint AND it's affordable. Visit anytime, but be sure to bring a party to get bang for your buck! Selections are extensive, spanning Braised Chicken Feet to Pumpkin Dumplings, though we'll advise you save your stomach for the better executed fried goods. The Salad Prawn Roll is worth a mention for crunchy prawns in crispy batter while the Stir-Fried Carrot Cake takes the cake with distinct wok hei. Despite its price range, you'll be pleased to find the restaurant air-conditioned, and the service attentive. Non-halal.
Avg Price: RM10
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Sitting at the top of Mandarin Oriental as well as KL's list of prettiest spots for dim sum, Lai Po Heen is a true gem. The gorgeous view, first-class service and charming details, such as the glints of edible gold flakes on the Steamed Prawn Dumplings (RM23), all come together to make this the ultimate venue for your next dim sum date! Spoon into comfort with a bowl of silky Congee With Chicken And Mushrooms (RM13) while you also savour succulent prawns that top the Steamed Siew Mai (RM33). Since it's a date, you might want to pass on the LPH D24 Pancakes (RM43) that stashes fragrant durian within. But if you happen to be a durian-loving duo, you have come to the right place — indulge! Halal.
Avg Price: RM70
Photo by Burppler Trisha Toh

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