Guide To Dim Sum

Exploring Zhuhai's Guide To Dim Sum

Exploring Zhuhai – NIHAO, ZHUHAI’s guide to Dim Sum

By: Tom Litchfield


If you’re well acquainted with Cantonese food you’re probably very familiar with one of its most famous culinary exports. Known to locals as Yum Cha, aka ‘morning tea’, the rest of us know it as ‘Dim Sum’.  There are some excellent Dim Sum houses in Zhuhai and no visit to the city would be complete without sampling this famous Guangdong fare. Fortunately, a visit to one of these restaurants is not just a chance to gorge yourself on delicious food but also can be considered a cultural activity. You are likely to be met with a queue for your table, a large banquet room, a plethora of families and friends going through their meals and a mind boggling array of dishes to choose from; all of this combines to create a cacophony of noise and activity to bewilder at. To experience this kind of setting, we can’t recommend going to Yijian enough. Noisy with delicious, reasonably priced food and a staggering amount of covers, eating here becomes a bit of a spectacle.
Yi Jian

Unfortunately, apart from a couple of exceptions (Si Ji Jia Jing being an excellent choice), the majority of Dim Sum restaurants provide neither a translated menu nor English speaking staff. This can make for a challenging meal for a non-Mandarin or Cantonese speaker. To avoid randomly pointing at characters to see what arrives at your table, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten dishes, commonly found, to help you get the most out of the experience.

DIM SUM’s Top Ten:


烧卖 (shāo mai). Delicious steamed open dumplings filled with juicy prawn and pork.

Roasted Pigeon

乳鸽 (rǔ gē). Succulent roast pigeon with crispy skin. 

Sweet steamed buns

流沙包 (liú shā bāo). Steamed buns filled with an addictive ridiculously sweet and creamy custard.


蒸排骨 (zhēng pái gǔ). Rib cuts often steamed with a tasty black bean and pumpkin sauce.

Shrimp dumplings

虾饺 (xiā jiǎo). Big chunks of fresh prawn wrapped in a translucent rice dumpling.

Soup Dumplings

小笼包 (xiǎo lóng bāo). Soup dumplings! Be careful to let it cool down before popping this delicious Shanghai treat into your mouth.

Baked BBQ pork buns

叉烧包 (chā shāo bāo). Baked buns filled with BBQ pork.


炸春卷 (zhà chūn juǎn). Deep fried spring rolls.

Steamed Rice Pancakes

肠粉 (cháng fěn). Steamed rice pancakes usually filled with either egg, pork, beef or prawn.

Chicken Feet

凤爪 (Fèng zhǎo). Chicken Feet. Couldn’t resist not adding this to the list! No stay in China is complete without trying some of the local’s favourite food. Fortunately, the Dim Sum version is probably the most delicious.

So there you have it, a rundown of some of our favourite Dim Sum. Typically you want to be hitting about three dishes per head for a decent meal. Once you have your favourites down there’s no harm in playing the point and see game with the menu – you may get a couple of misses but you’re also sure to get some big hits and a better feel for the scope of dishes available.

Restaurants and taxi friendly addresses can be found in the Eat section of

Dim Sum

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