7 Chinese Dim Sum Dishes You Need To Try

One of the tastiest ways to sample Chinese cuisine, dim sum is a meal made up of small plates of dumplings and other snack dishes. Although you can find Chinese dim sum dishes all across China, this style of dining is mostly associated with Hong Kong and Guangdong Province (where Cantonese food comes from!). There’s so many amazing dim sum dishes to try, from char siu bao (roast pork buns) to ngau cheung (beef noodle rolls). Hot tea and a group of friends to share the dishes with is the perfect combination.

Making dim sum at home can seem difficult, but start with a few dishes and you’ll soon work your way up to a multi-plate feast!

You might not be able to travel there right now, but we wanted to highlight some of the best dim sum recipes from the region. These recipes come from the very best food bloggers in the world, so make sure to bookmark their sites.

Grab yourself some good fresh produce and invite some friends or family over. Time to get into the kitchen and to start cooking up some of these classics. The perfect way to test yourself if you are an aspiring home cook!

Best Chinese Dim Sum Dishes

1. Siu Mai (Steamed Pork and Shrimp Dumplings)

These steamed pork dumplings are round and the filling is wrapped in circular dumpling skins. The filling consists of pork and shrimp. Other additional ingredients may include ginger, shiitake mushrooms, scallions, wood ear, and water chestnuts.

Recipe is by Healthy Nibbles.

2. Spareribs with Black Bean Sauce

A dim sum favorite dish is steamed spareribs in a black bean sauce, pronounced, “pai kuat” in Cantonese. The ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender with a flavoursome sauce.

Recipe is by Steamy Kitchen.

3. Char Siu Bao (Chinese Steamed Pork Buns)

This Chinese Steamed BBQ Pork Buns (Char Siu Bao) recipe unlocks the secret to the perfect steamed pork bun just like you get at the dim sum restaurant!

Recipe is by The Woks of Life.

4. Lai Wong Bao (Custard Buns)

This Chinese steamed custard bun recipe turns out soft, tender, and just the right amount of sweetness. This soul-satisfying treat will satisfy any sweet tooth!

Recipe is by Jessica Gavin.

5. Jiaozi (Chinese Dumplings)

Even though there are as many variations as there are eaters, the classic Chinese dumpling is filled with a pork and garlic chive base to which cabbage, scallions, and black mushrooms can be added. You can steam, pan-fry or boil these dumplings.

Recipe is by I Heart Umami.

6. Dim Sum Shrimp Toast

Crispy prawn toast is infinitely better when you make it yourself at home. Top slices of bread with a simple prawn mixture, coat in sesame seeds and fry to golden perfection. You can have these ready in less than 20 minutes!

Recipe is by Kitchen Sanctuary.

7. Char Siu (Chinese-Style Barbecued Pork)

If you love a juicy, sweet & sticky char siu (Chinese BBQ Pork), give this easy recipe a try. The end result is a perfectly tender barbecue pork with a sweet and spicy coating. You can make this in the oven or on the grill depending on the season!

Recipe us by Pups with Chopsticks.

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Sarah Clayton-Lea

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