dimdimsum dim sum

the name says it all

Dim sum is a regular occasion for many in Asia, a daily occasion for many in Hong Kong. And it’s not one singular concept, rather, a whole spectrum of dining experiences loosely connected by common flavor profiles and the small dish format, ranging from hole-in-wall quick fixes to fine dining services. Dimdimsum Dim Sum falls somewhere in the middle, almost like a modern fast casual interpretation of the dim sum tradition, that fits right at home among other sit-down food court restaurants in Asian department stores. It’s unpretentiously trendy yet has been around long enough to prove it’s more than just a trend.

Dimdimsum came around in 2010, and became a quick hit, thanks to the v instagrammable pig-shaped custard buns. I mean, what screams thumb-stopping more than cute animal-shaped food with oozy custard. Since then, they’ve given little piggy some friends (a matcha turtle bun and yolk custard rabbit bun), and built an established presence in several Asian cities, serving up a consistent menu of dim sum classics like har gao and cha siu bao, to creative twists like fried dumplings with wasabi and bolo buns with pineapple custard filling. Dimdimsum has secured a spot as a reliable choice for a quick yet satisfying meal, for one or for many.

the details

Address Locations around Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan and Seoul
Website http://www.dimdimsum.hk/
Instagram @dimdimsumhk
Hours vary by location but most open around 10 or 11am and close fairly late (10pm – after midnight)
Price $$ – a step up from a no fuss traditional dim sum shop, but still very affordable
Aesthetic poppy and playful

good to know

Go here for: a fast casual version of dim sum, a spontaneous food court snack / meal break

Order this: animal shaped buns, and pretty much whatever you usually go for at dim sum

Amount of time to spend: if there isn’t a wait, it’s a quick meal (<1 hour)

When to come: perfect for a casual breakfast, lunch or dinner

Getting here: no matter what city you’re in, you’ll be well served by the public transportation system (and likely won’t even need to step outside to get to the restaurant)

Other things to note: 

  • The format is not the push cart format (which is actually not super popular these days), rather, you check off your order from a menu and servers bring you the food.
  • There are several vegan options available, and clearly labeled.
  • Pretty tourist friendly – with picture menus and English menus available.

Last visited: October 2019

Last updated: November 2020

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