These restaurants will cater to your cravings for all kinds of small plates, from chee cheong fun to congee
‘Dim sum’ literally translates to ‘close to the heart’, and for good reason. These beloved bite-sized dishes, often presented on small plates or in bamboo steamer baskets, are a well-loved comfort food. If you're always on the hunt for har gow or seeking out some siu mai, drop by these local eateries for some delectable dim sum. All these places also offer delivery, or are available on food delivery services. And if you're not sure how to properly enjoy these treats, we've got a handy guide here to help you!
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1. Dolly Dim Sum
This popular place is based on a modern interpretation of a Chinese tea house, and exudes a classy yet warm ambiance. Dolly Dim Sum is Muslim-friendly, and stocks all the usual delights, such as fried salad prawn dumplings, siu mai dumplings, chicken feet and loh mai kai (glutinous rice). A highlight is their Golden Fish Crackers: fish paste with cheese and salted egg yolk sandwiched between cream crackers. You’d be crackers to miss out on this treat!
Dolly Dim Sum | Various outlets, including Sunway Pyramid, Nu Sentral and The Curve
2. Yu by Ru Yi
Don’t be surprised if you find some of the dishes here too pretty to eat. Presentation is everything at this pork-free eatery, which also features a swanky cocktail bar within. Helmed by noted chef James Ho, Yu by Ru Yi puts a creative spin on favourite dishes while retaining their familiar hearty taste. Try their Sakura prawn dumplings or white lotus salted egg yolk Hedgehog Buns. Those in the mood for variety can order their Wagyu Puffs, made to look like adorable cow heads.
Yu By Ru Yi | G-243, Riverview Entrance, The Gardens Mall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur | +603-2202 2602
3. Way Modern Chinois
Looking to enjoy fine pork-free Chinese/Asian cuisine in a sensual, avant-garde dining atmosphere? Then Way Modern Chinois is definitely the way to go. ‘Way’ is a Chinese character meaning unique, and it’s the perfect term to encapsulate this one-of-a-kind restaurant. Its entrance is even designed to look like an elevator!
Enjoy the Pac-Man dumplings, made to look like the popular hungry video game character. Other recommended picks are the Golden Rose Wantons and the Truffle Thyme Dumpling.
Way Modern Chinois | G-1, Work @ Clearwater, Changkat Semantan, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur | +603-20951118 | +6019-9111 886 (WhatsApp)
4. Yun House
Located within the magnificent Four Seasons Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Yun House offers elevated Cantonese cuisine in a lush setting with natural light. Executive chef Jimmy Wong’s dishes are infused with rich, evocative flavours that pay tribute to the culture of his native Hong Kong.
Their delivery menu includes mushroom truffle dumplings, wok-fried carrot cake, and charcoal lava buns. All dishes are pork-free. Those feeling adventurous can try their Weekend Dim Sum Bundle, which offers a sumptuous spread of Yun House’s greatest hits.
5. Lai Po Heen
The main attraction at this Muslim-friendly restaurant is its open kitchen, where guests can watch chefs craft their signature delights.
Try their lava buns for a blazing mouthful of palatal pleasure
Or indulge in the rich earthy textures of the mushroom buns enhanced with truffle. Lai Po Heen's delivery service offers a catered selection of mouth-watering delicacies, such as pan-fried Shanghai dumplings, steamed shrimps with caviar, and chicken siu mai.
Lai Po Heen | Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur | +603-2179 8885
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6. Jin Xuan Hong Kong
Hungry diners are going to be spoilt for choice at this popular non-halal eatery, which serves a great variety of Hong Kong-style delicacies. All the usual suspects are there, from har gow to chee cheong fun, as well as bacon rolls, stuffed green peppers, fried scallops with salted egg, and more. Their Golden Custard Buns are a popular choice. If planning a breakfast visit, come early, as there is usually a large crowd by late morning.
Jin Xuan Hong Kong | Various branches in Damansara Jaya, Kota Damansara and Kuchai Lama