Originated from Canton, dim sum are small and delightful snacks that come with wide variations, probably more than 2000 throughout the world.
Steaming dominates the cooking style of dim sum but some are still deep-fried, pan-fried and baked.
Thus, it is hard that you couldn’t find any that suit your taste.
For dim sum lovers, good news for you all is that Johor Bahru offers many dim sum restaurants that serve authentic yet extensive spread of dim sum.
And here’s our list!
- Xin Shan Long (新山龙) — By Hong Kong Dim Sum Chef & Must Try!
- Restoran Gui Yuan (桂苑港式点心茶楼)
- Restoran Gim Cheng (锦成茶楼)
- Restoran New Hong Kong (新香港點心樓)
- Restoran Tasixi Hong Kong Dim Sum (大四喜香港点心楼)
- Kedai Makanan Hao You (豪友点心楼)
- Restoran Chang Man (常满点心)
- Wan Li Chinese Restaurant @ Renaissance Johor Bahru (万利轩)
- D’ Shanghai 大上海
- Restoran Kak Kak (佳佳点心茶楼)
- Restaurant Chao Yuen (潮苑海鲜楼)
- Kedai Makanan Hock Chiang Hin (福振兴餐室)
12 Best Johor Bahru (JB) Dim Sum
1. Xin Shan Long (新山龙) (Editor Choice!)
In search for originality, look no further for the ultimate fusion dim sum experience, Xin Shan Long restaurant offers superb dim sum prepared with the freshest ingredients of choice by the best of dim sum chefs. (Pork Free, but the taste is just superb)
Dim sum dishes are creatively presented in a special and luscious style, perfectly portraying the original Canton culinary art fused with local culture. No pork and lard is used.
Each serving costs around RM5.80 to RM7.80. Start from August 2017, Xin Shan Long serves dim sum in ala carte style daily. The dim sum buffet is not longer available.
Just a brisk 3 minute drive away from Senai International Airport, or a half an hour smooth drive from the the city of Johor Bahru, located in a pristine perfect get-away, La Grandeur Palm Resort Johor.
2. Restoran Gui Yuan (桂苑港式点心茶楼)
Restaurant Gui Yuan uses only the freshest ingredients to make Dim Sum to ensure a delightful dining experience. All Dim Sum are steam cooked so that it brings out the natural sweet flavour.
Offering wide selections of Dim Sum, the well-marinated fried chicken feets that boasts tender cartilages and tendons is their bestseller. Each serving costs around RM3 – RM3.30, which is considered low price in Johor Bahru.
3. Restoran Gim Cheng (锦成茶楼）
You feel yourself travel back in time while dining at Gim Cheng Restaurant – open air, push carts and shady trees. Here, steaming hot dumplings and buns are placed neatly on push carts for customers to order.
They offer extensive selections of Dim Sum. So, if you wonder what to eat, choose any of them that catch your fancy and we believe it turns out to be enjoyable. It’s true as many have tested before.
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4. Restoran New Hong Kong (新香港點心樓)
Opened in 1954, Restaurant New Hong Kong was founded by Hong Kong people and nowadays it still offers the taste resembles old days.
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Siew Mai, dumplings, all of the common Dim Sum you can name, can be enjoyed here at the most authentic taste. The restaurant also offers a la carte menu and different package meals to cater wide range of needs of customers.
Authenticity and quality of Dim Sum is guaranteed at New Hong Kong.
5. Restoran Tasixi Hong Kong Dim Sum (大四喜香港点心楼)
Restaurant Tasixi Hong Kong boasts a perfect place to enjoy dim sum due to its spacious dining area and clean environment.
Specialising in wide array of authentic dim sum – Hong Kong style dim sum, the restaurant is able to bring you to dim sum paradise. Chee Cheong Fun is their must-try dim sum which is so smooth that it can literally sliding down everyone’s throat.
6. Kedai Makanan Hao You (豪友点心楼)
At Hao You, you’ll see most of the tables present a bowl of congee – the signature dish here. Steamed bums and other classic Dim Sum can be ordered here as well.
Also, try their highly recommended “char siew bao” that has a slightly different texture and taste from others. Keep in mind that dim sum are usually sold out before noon time.
7. Restoran Chang Man (常满点心)
While sampling the Dim Sum at Chang Man, you can actually notice that the chef has put much effort in making them. Despite tasting delicious, the Dim Sums have a tantalizing appearance that urges customers to devour them.
One of the must try Dim Sum would be Crab Roe Siew Mai. Made by minced pork and shrimps, it comes with 3 pieces per serving and truly offers you an exquisite taste.
8. Wan Li Chinese Restaurant @ Renaissance Johor Bahru (万利轩)
Nestled in Renaissance Hotel, Wan Li Chinese Restaurant offers you the prefect dim sum but the prices are much higher compared to other dim sum restaurant. However, you can expect a private and luxury dining experience here.
The restaurant’s allure would definitely be the extensive spread of dim sum and its cosy ambience. On the menu, the star symbolises the chef’s recommendation and the must-eat dim sum at Wan Li.
9. D’ Shanghai 大上海
Stepping into DShanghai, you’ll be embraced by elegant furnishings and a cosy ambience. With a spacious and comfortable dining area, it’s suitable for a large group gathering.
The restaurant is renowned for “xiao long bao”(mini bun), which has a very thin outer skin that you can actually see the fillings inside. Apart from “xiao long bao”, golden lava bun and lotus leaf rice are the most ordered Dim Sum here.
10. Restoran Kak Kak (佳佳点心茶楼)
Restaurant Kak Kak offers you excellent service by presenting you extensive selections of dim sum on a cart once you manage to find a seat.
The place is often crowded because you can get a plate of delicious dim sum at the most reasonable price. The dim sum here has rich fillings and most of them tastes sweet and savoury. Most ordered food here is seaweed dim sum.
11. Restaurant Chao Yuen (潮苑海鲜楼)
At Chao Yuen, every serving of dim sum comes in big portion, which means every single buns or dumplings are served in large size. All of them have savoury taste that can definitely satisfy your craving.
Heard of Yam Paste Bun before? It is their self-identified dim sum and it tastes excellent. Other dim sum such as egg tart, congee, char siew and siew mai are also available here.
12. Kedai Makanan Hock Chiang Hin (福振兴餐室)
Dim Sums at Hock Chiang Hin are handmade daily so you get to enjoy the freshest Dim Sum here. Most importantly, it tastes wonderful.
Here, the dim sums are veering to local taste instead of serving authentic Hong Kong’s one. Serving dim sum at the most affordable price, Hock Chiang Hin even offers buns and dumplings that come with large fillings. It makes you feel full with just 2 to 3 plates of dim sum.