This classic Cantonese meal, most easily recognized for its small, bite-sized portions served in steamer baskets, is one of Hong Kong’s most-loved reasons for going out. Typical dishes—usually accompanied with green tea—include siu mai (pork dumplings), hor gao (prawn dumplings), char siu bao (barbecued pork buns), wu kok (yam dumplings), cheong fun (rice noodle rolls stuffed with meat or seafood), and egg tarts. The best experiences are at bare-bones, no-frills joints like Lin Heung Kui (46-50 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan). Here the dim sum is served from carts pushed around by lively women who are doyennes of speed, efficiency, and spirited banter with diners—trust us, it adds to the authenticity of the experience.
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