Best dim sum in Kuala Lumpur
Growing up, my weekends were synonymous with dim sum feasts with my family. With my deep love for this cuisine, I’ve curated a list of the best dim sum places in Kuala Lumpur (KL), including dim sum buffets and halal options suitable for every budget. Whether affordable or indulgent, this list is your passport to a satisfying dim sum experience for your next KL food trip.
1. Jin Xuan Hong Kong
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Kicking off this list is the renowned Jin Xuan Hong Kong. Ask the locals and most will agree that this is one of their go-to dim sum spots—their 11 branches across Klang Valley and long queues are a testament to its popularity. Serving up authentic Hong Kong-style dim sum, their extensive menu features classics from Har Gaw (RM7.50/~S$2.10) and Siu Mai (RM7.50/~S$2.10) to comforting dishes such as their Century Egg and Pork Congee (RM8/~S$2.20) and Signature Big Pao (RM8.50/~S$2.40), which is loaded with chicken, cured Chinese sausages, and mushrooms.
2. Foo Hing Dim Sum
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Having been around for over a decade, Foo Hing Dim Sum serves up a wide variety of house-made specialty dim sum. Be sure to try the dishes that set the standard for any dim sum spot, including the Steamed Har Gao (RM7.50/~S$2.10), Steamed BBQ Bun (RM3.50/~S$1) and Steamed Homemade Fish Ball (RM6.50/~S$1.80). For dessert, many regulars praise the Portuguese Egg Tart, which features a flaky pastry encasing a luscious caramelised egg custard, priced at RM3.50/~S$1 per piece or RM21/~S$6 for a box of six. I’ve got no complaints aside from its 3pm closing time. Weekends often see lengthy queues, so it’s best to arrive early in the morning to avoid waiting!
3. Sing Pao Dim Sum
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For an authentic and budget-friendly dim sum experience, visit Sing Pao Dim Sum on Old Klang Road. The hawker stall is open until 2:30am, making it a favourite among families seeking supper and youngsters unwinding after a pub crawl. Going at RM2.80/~S$0.80 are the crowd-favourite Fried Taro Pork Dumpling and Char Siew Pao. If you’re looking for something heartier, consider getting the silky-smooth Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun (RM6/~S$1.70), which comes with the option of prawn or char siew filling, and is served hot and fresh well into the night.
Address: Old Klang Road, A-16, Kuala Lumpur 58200
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 5pm to 2:30am
Sing Pao Dim Sum is not a halal-certified eatery.
4. The Dim Sum Place KL
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The Dim Sum Place KL has carved a niche for itself as one of the few halal-certified dim sum spots in KL. Its vibrant orange storefront and decor beckons dim sum enthusiasts to savour over 80 varieties of their handmade dishes. Indulge in their must-tries, such as the Deep Fried Fish Skin with Salted Egg Yolk (RM19.90/~S$5.70) and the Crystal Shrimp Dumpling (RM11.90/~S$3.40). For a twist on tradition, try the best-selling Deep Fried Siew Mai (RM10.90/~S$3.10), where their signature chicken siew mai takes a crispy, deep-fried turn.
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The Dim Sum Place KL is a halal-certified eatery.
5. Lai Ching Yuen
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Starting from RM108++/~S$30.90++ for adults, Lai Ching Yuen’s all-you-can-eat dim sum buffet will have you spoilt for choice. With over 50 types of dim sum to choose from, savour morsels ranging from the Deep-fried Bean Curd Roll with Shrimp and Steamed Siew Mai with Fish Roe to the Wok-fried Pork Spare Ribs with BBQ sauce and Steamed Glutinous Rice with Chinese Sausage and Chicken. Don’t forget to make reservations in advance to secure your spot, as they can get quite crowded.
Address: 160 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Level 1, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur 55100
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 12pm to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10pm
Tel: +603 2117 4888
Lai Ching Yuen is not a halal-certified eatery
6. Ba Hao Dim Sum 8
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Popular among residents in Sri Petaling, Ba Hao Dim Sum 8 is favoured by patrons seeking a relaxed atmosphere with air conditioning to enjoy their dim sum, as opposed to the traditional heat of most hawker-style venues. Must-orders are their Baked Crispy Polo BBQ Pork Bun (RM3.60/~S$1), Shrimp Rice Roll (RM7.90/~S$2.20) and Deep-fried Yam Puff with Minced Pork and Mushroom (RM7.50/~S$2.10). The former stands out for its distinctive sweet-savoury char siew filling, which sets it apart from the classic polo buns that are usually plain, fluffy, and adorned with a crackly cookie-like crust.
Address: 7 Jalan Radin Bagus, 21, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur 57000
Opening hours: Daily 7:30am to 4pm
Tel: +6016-239 4308
Ba Hao Dim Sum 8 is not a halal-certified eatery.
7. Li Yen
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Michelin-approved Li Yen at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Kuala Lumpur has been serving up authentic Cantonese cuisine and exquisite dim sum for over 20 years. Their name, translating to “beautiful garden”, is reflected in the restaurant’s elegant Chinoiserie decor. Led by the award-winning Chef Alex from Hong Kong, Li Yen’s menu features delectable dim sum dishes, including Steamed Siew Mai with Crab Roe, Steamed Spare Ribs with Black Bean Sauce, and Pan-fried Radish Cake, all priced at RM25++/~S$7.10++. Do note that these offerings are exclusively available during lunchtime.
Address: Jalan Imbi, 168, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur 55100
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm to 3pm, 6:30pm to 10pm, Sun 10:30am to 3pm, 6:30pm to 10pm
Tel: +6018-646 8033
Li Yen is not a halal-certified eatery.
8. Peninsula Chinese Cuisine
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For exceptional quality dim sum away from the crowds, Peninsula Chinese Cuisine is a hidden gem that requires a bit of a trek from KL, but the journey is well worth it. Tucked away on the top floor of Evolve Concept Mall, the eatery is home to a selection of timeless favourites such as the Steamed Prawn Dumplings, Crispy Prawn with Banana and Mango Rolls and their signature Crispy Baked Barbecue Pork Bun. The latter is their take on the traditional char siew bao, featuring a sweet-savoury filling encased within a rich, buttery shell. The restaurant is just a quick three-minute walk from Ara Damansara LRT Station. Be prepared to shell out about RM50/~S$10.40 per pax here.
Address: Jalan PJU 1a/3e, 3rd Floor, 4, Evolve Concept Mall Pacific Place, Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor 47301
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
Tel: +6013-883 8838
Peninsula Chinese Cuisine is not a halal-certified eatery.
9. Loong Seng Dim Sum Restaurant
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Among the lively realm of SS2‘s dim sum offerings, Loong Seng Dim Sum stands out as the ultimate weekend morning hotspot. This no-frills eatery is renowned for serving up sumptuous dim sum delights as early as 6:30am, and often sells out by noon. Don’t miss out on crowd-favourites such as the Chee Cheong Fun and Siew Mai, both said to feature plump pieces of crystal prawn. Alternatively, try their Pan-fried Radish Cake : steamed radish cake studded with dried shrimp and seared so it achieves a crispy exterior that contrasts the soft, flavourful centre. Expect to spend about RM30/~S$8.50 per person.
Address: Jalan SS 2/66, 50, SS 2, Petaling Jaya, Selangor 47300
Opening hours: Daily 6:30am to 3:30pm
Tel: +603 7876 2349
Loong Seng Dim Sum is not a halal-certified eatery.
10. Lai Po Heen
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Lai Po Heen at the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur is esteemed as one of KL’s leading halal Chinese restaurants. Their sophisticated ambience provides the perfect backdrop for gatherings or intimate dinners, with its picturesque view of the KLCC lake. Must-try dishes include the Squid Ink Dumplings Filled with Shrimps, Scallop and Fish Roe (RM40++/~S$11.40++), Wok-fried Cubed Beef Tenderloin with Black Pepper and Onions (RM218++/~S$62.40++) and pillowy-soft Golden Lava Buns Filled with Custard Egg Yolk (RM32++/~S$9.10++). Despite the steep price, each dish attests to the chef’s commitment to sourcing local, sustainable, and top-quality ingredients.
Address: Jalan Pinang, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur 50088
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10:30pm, Sat-Sun 10:30am to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10:30pm
Tel: +603 2330 8798
Lai Po Heen is a halal-certified eatery.
11. Bunn Choon Restaurant
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Those with a penchant for egg tarts should head down to Bunn Choon Restaurant nestled within KL’s Chinatown. From sweet to savoury, they offer a diverse array of pastries, including their best-selling Original Egg Tart (RM2.70/~S$0.70), which is also available in a black sesame flavour, as well as the Century Egg Pastry (RM5/~S$1.40) and Coconut Pineapple Tart (RM3.20/~S$0.90). Don’t forgo the unique dim sum selection here, such as the Ba Kut Teh Siu Mai (RM6.50/~S$1.80), which features minced pork stuffed in beancurd skin and steamed in bak kut teh soup. Plus, they offer frozen dim sum for purchase!
Address: Jalan Balai Polis, 3, City Centre, Kuala Lumpur 50000
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 7:30am to 3:30pm, Sat-Sun 7:30am to 5pm
Tel: +6016-228 7625
Bunn Choon Restaurant is not a halal-certified eatery.
12. DeWarung Dim Sum
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Another halal dim sum shop to check out is DeWarung Dim Sum. The restaurant prides themselves on their wide selection of Muslim-friendly dim sum and local fare. Their popular items include their Chicken and Prawn Dumpling (RM8.50/~S$2.40) and Curry Chee Cheong Fun (RM8.20/~S$2.30). For a heartier meal, consider their best-selling Buttermilk Chicken Rice (RM17.50/~S$5) to go alongside your dim sum. Finally, complete your meal by pairing it with the refreshing Osmanthus Flower Tea, which goes for RM18/~S$5.10 a pot.
Address: 2 Lorong Tiong Nam, 1, Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur 50350
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 9pm
Tel: +6010-521 2118
DeWarung Dim Sum is a halal-certified eatery.
Where to eat dim sum in Kuala Lumpur
No more head-scratching the next time your dim sum cravings hit in Kuala Lumpur. From wallet-friendly $0.80 dim sum to $30.90++ buffets, this list accommodates every budget, with halal eateries too.
For something a little closer to home, we’ve already covered the best dim sum in Singapore. If you have a heftier appetite for dim sum, check out our guide to the best dim sum buffets.
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