Dim sum has always been a quintessential part of Chinese culture – little delights in a bite that are usually served up in twos or threes and prepared by either steaming, deep-frying or baking to a crispy golden brown. In bamboo steamer baskets along with pots of tea, eating dim sum is an act best for sharing with loved ones around a big table.
In Malaysia, dim sum has definitely grown in popularity, with quite a number of restaurants within Kuala Lumpur serving halal versions of famous staples like siu mai or har gau, and coming up with their own innovative dishes. Now locals and travellers alike can enjoy dim sum local Chinese delicacies with family and friends!
Although using chopsticks are the norm when eating dim sum, don’t feel bad for using a fork if you need one 😉
Note: Restaurants are not certified halal unless stated, as some serve alcohol on their premises. We’ve personally called each restaurant to check that they do use halal ingredients and are all pork-free. Restaurants serving alcohol have also been indicated. We also advise all readers to do their own verification.
1. Dolly Dim Sum
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Although the first restaurant on our list is also the newest addition to the scene in KL, it has already grown a sizeable following with its chic (instagrammable!) interior and freshly prepared food. Dim sum is served all day long at their two mall based restaurants in Avenue K and Nu Sentral.
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They’re always packed especially during lunch hours so we suggest going early or booking your seats in advance. Do note that hey don’t take any reservations for Friday lunches, but will readily hook you up with a table on any other day of the week.
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#HHWT Tip: Try the egg custard bun – pillowy soft buns with salted egg yolk caramel oozing out the middle…You might not want to share this!
2. China Treasures
Located in Sime Darby Convention Centre, China Treasures is a regular favourite especially for families. The best part is, this is one of the few dim sum restaurants in KL that has halal certification! So you definitely don’t need to worry when chowing down on plates and plates of dim sum here.
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#HHWT Tip: Try their specialty mini egg tarts and steamed butter & salted egg yolk bamboo charcoal bun! They also have a dim sum buffet worth checking out if you’re big eaters (like us!) 😁
Address: Sime Darby Convention Centre, 1A, Jalan Bukit Kiara 1, 60000 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm (Lunch), 3:30pm – 10:30pm (Dinner) on weekdays, 10:00am – 4:30pm (Lunch), 6:30pm – 10:30pm (Dinner) on weekends and public holidays
Price Range: Dishes start from RM6 onwards for ala carte, and around RM69.90 per person for their buffet spread
Contact Number: (+603) 2089 3788 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Maju Palace
Hidden away on the 5th floor of Maju Junction Mall, Maju Palace is a gem that has been known to please even those who love eating the non-halal variety of dim sum!
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Maju Palace belongs to the Oriental Group of Restaurants, and is the only restaurant in the group that uses halal meat for its dim sum.
#HHWT Tip: Order the lemongrass jelly for the perfect way to end your meal!
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm (Lunch), 6:00pm – 11:00pm (Dinner) on Mondays to Saturdays, 10:00am – 3:00pm (Lunch), 6:00pm – 11:00pm (Dinner) on Sundays and Public Holidays
Price Range: Dishes start from RM6 onwards. They have a 20% discount for dim sum on weekends!
Address: Level 5, Maju Junction Mall 1001, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
Contact Number : (+603) 2691 8822
4. Meisan Szechuan Restaurant
If you’re looking for all you can eat dim sum at an affordable price, Meisan Szechuan Restaurant in Quality Hotel is the place to go! Not only are they halal certified, they also have a daily buffet for only RM48 nett per person! That’s definitely value for money if you ask us…and the best part in, for 5 paying guests, the 6th person gets to eat for FREE!! Grab your friends and family!
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#HHWT Tip: Try the chicken char siew pau here! 😊
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 2:30pm daily
Price Range: RM48 nett (Adult), RM35 nett (Children below 12 and senior citizens aged 60 and above)
Address: Quality Hotel City Centre Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Raja Laut, 50750 Kuala Lumpur
Contact Number: (+603) 2614 8000 / 8056
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5. Lai Po Heen
Known to be one of the best Chinese restaurants in KL, Lai Po Heen in Mandarin Oriental Hotel is a little more on the upscale side of things, but is definitely a crowd pleaser with its sumptuous spread.
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With some tables overlooking KLCC park, you can enjoy the view of sprawling greenery while sampling delicious delicacies here.
#HHWT Tip: If you’re a fan of the King of Fruits aka durian, you need to sink your teeth into one of their durian pancakes 😋…and if you’re not a fan of the fruit, this might just be the dessert that will bring you over to the dark side!
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Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 2:30pm Monday to Friday, 10:30am – 2:30pm Weekends and Public Holidays. 7:00pm – 10:30pm daily for dinner.
Price Range: Dim sum starts from RM10++ onwards, while the durian pancake is priced at RM38++ per plate
Address: Level 1, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact Number: (+603) 2179 8885
6. MinMax Restaurant
Freshly steamed or fried to order, MinMax offers a dim sum menu that covers all the basics and then some, for very reasonable prices in a comfortable setting. They’ve got quite a regular following too!
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#HHWT Tip: Their steamed stuffed scallop dumpling should be on your order list. Just look at how plump those scallops are!
Update: A reader has informed us that the restaurant does not serve dim sum for dinner, except on the weekends.
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm (Lunch), 6:00pm – 11:30pm (Dinner) on weekdays, 9:00am-3:00pm on Sunday
Price Range: RM3 onwards, depending on the dish
Address: Lot 2.1 Level 2, PNB Darby Park, Jalan Binjai, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Contact Number: (+603) 2166 8669
7. Luk Yu Tea House
If you’re in the heart of KL and want to rest your feet after shopping at Bukit Bintang, head on over to Luk Yu Tea House for a teahouse experience that will make you feel like you’ve just stepped into a charming and rustic Hong Kong restaurant, with its classic latticed window and stained glass panels.
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#HHWT Tip: For a palate cleanser, try Luk Yu’s signature mango sago in pomelo that’s made in-house. The perfect finish to an exquisite dim sum meal here! Also remember to check if any of the dishes that you’ve ordered contain alcohol in its preparation, as some dishes here do have alcohol in them.
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 11:00pm Monday to Saturday, and 10:00am to 11:00pm on Sundays and Public Holidays
Price Range: Around RM10 onwards per dish
Address: Feast Village, Starhill Gallery, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact Number: (+603) 2782 3850
8. Siang Seafood Restaurant
Nestled in Sogo KL (which is practically a landmark on its own), Siang has a good mix of classic dim sum dishes and modern twists on regular favourites, although it’s located in a rather old school part of town. It’s especially popular during lunch time with the working crowd.
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#HHWT Tip: Siang has discounts and promotions regularly. Call ahead or check Sogo’s website for ongoing promotions 😉
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 9:30pm daily
Price Range: RM6 onwards per dish
Address: 6th Floor, Kompleks Sogo, 190, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman,50100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact Number: (+603) 2618 1848 – Ext. 1130
9. Tai Zi Heen Cantonese Restaurant
Although Tai Zi Heen serves up a dim sum buffet, their fare is prepared according to each order, so you can be sure that your selection will be piping hot as it comes out from the kitchen! Flavours here are also ensured to be as close as possible to their non-halal counterparts 😉
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#HHWT Tip: Try their spicy steamed Nyonya-style dumplings filled with shrimp and chicken for something different! Do make sure that you ask which selections use alcohol in its preparations, as we were made aware that some dishes contain Chinese wine.
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:00pm Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
Price Range:RM68++ per person for their all-you-can-eat buffet during the weekends
Address: Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel & Residences, No. 4, Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Contact Number: (+603) 2170 8888
So what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone and book your table at one of these restaurants for your dim sum fix!