Canning Dim Sum attracts many customers, even when it’s not the weekend. Hence, there is often a long queue to dine-in at Canning Dim Sum.
And that’s partially due to their location, close to another halal foodie hotspot. But it’s also thanks to their reputation and status as one of the few halal dim sum restaurants in Ipoh.
Here’s the scoop on what’s nice about visiting this restaurant!
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Location Of Ipoh Canning Dim Sum
This pork-free and halal dim sum restaurant is on a corner lot at a busy intersection and just across from Restoran New Holly Wood. Which is a very famous hawker center halal Chinese food in Ipoh.
Canning Dim Sum is also walking distance to Canning Market and Purple Moon Lover Café.
Ease Of Parking
Parking definitely takes time (and considerable skill) to find whenever it’s breakfast or lunch time. Prepare to park further away if it’s a weekend or public holiday because Canning Dim Sum does not have any on-site parking of its own.
The closest parking to the restaurant is right in front of the main road or along the side of Restoran New Holly Wood.
Ambiance At Ipoh Canning Dim Sum
From day 1, Canning Dim Sum puts a high priority on their exterior. They have made many changes to it over the years. They previously had cherry blossoms and red lanterns out front during Chinese New Year too.
The landscaping is impeccable with a mix of fake and real plants. There also are plenty of spots outdoors to take selfies or sit down while you wait for a vacant table.
And even though there might be many customers dining inside all at once, it does not feel cramped with the high ceiling and glass window where you can see greenery from the outside.
They have rectangular and round wooden tables that can easily accommodate large groups. Pretty lanterns and other tasteful décor line the interior walls of Canning Dim Sum too.
It’s also very cool inside as they have multiple air conditioning units.
Service At Ipoh Canning Dim Sum
Canning Dim Sum has an efficient number system to manage the long queues.
Moreover, once you sit down, waiters will bring their trays of dim sum over and explain what each dish is.
This saves time from pouring over the extensive menu although you might order more than you intended. We also missed out on ordering our favorite, lo bak go.
On another note, drinks came quickly. And while incredibly busy, staff is polite and attentive.
Food At Ipoh Canning Dim Sum
In general, the taste of the dim sum here is authentic albeit a little sweet. For dips, there’s only the commercial chili sauce that’s on every table. No freshly-cut chili and garlic, vinegar or ginger strips.
However, most of the steamed dim sum we had was good. Although the xiao long bao (soup dumplings) will never match the pork versions elsewhere. It oddly seems to have a vegetable broth instead.
If we were to nit-pick, the chee cheong fun meat fillings and creamy insides of the lava buns are stingy compared to what we are used to. You only get half a mushroom with the loh mai gai. And the pricey fried har guen isn’t fully of prawn meat but combines chicken too.
But Canning Dim Sum has coffee (and a decent one at that) as part of their wide beverage menu and we can see how that would be a huge plus to many.
Tip: Pick iced beverages if you like your drinks less sweet
Not gonna lie, it is very expensive to dine at Canning Dim Sum. Much more than other dim sum restaurants in Ipoh.
A plate of steamed prawn dim sum or loh mai gai (glutinous rice) costs RM7.90.
But then again, typical dim sum restaurants in Ipoh are without frills, and don’t have much to offer in terms of drinks or ambiance.
We ordered roughly 9 plates of dim sum and 2 drinks and that came up to RM80.
For a halal dim sum venue, Canning Dim Sum has some genuinely good dim sum and it’s nice that Muslim customers can enjoy them.
However, unless you’re used to higher prices, this is very expensive for a dim sum restaurant in Ipoh. The prices are not unlike at Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant.
Personally, we much prefer other dim sum restaurants in Ipoh, even if they don’t have a lovely environment or air-conditioning.