You can easily find a dim sum restaurant in Ipoh. But where are the best Ipoh dim sum located?
With that said, here are 11 of the most famous dim sum restaurants in Ipoh!
- Restoran Chooi Yue Dim Sum
- Restoran Hong Kong Dim Sum BFB
- Hong Xing Dim Sum Restaurant
- Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum
- Green Town Dimsum Café (Halal)
- Canning Dim Sum (Halal)
- Fulin Dim Sum
- Restoran Yoke Fook Moon
- Soon Yuen Dim Sum Restaurant
- Restoran Zui Le Xuan Dim Sum
- Restaurant Sun Kim Aik
11 Best Dim Sum In Ipoh
1. Restoran Chooi Yue Dim Sum (翠月楼)
Their business was so good that Restoran Chooi Yue Dim Sum expanded to two shop lots after a major renovation!
But despite the extra room, they always seem to be packed on weekend mornings (and weekdays too) anyways!
On especially busy days, you could be waiting 30 or more minutes for a table using their numbering system.
Note: There is a maximum dining period of 50 minutes per group
Parking is also a rare commodity in Ipoh Garden South whenever this restaurant is open. Do not be tempted to park illegally as the parking officials are very diligent in this area.
Many find the hassle worth it as service is quick, the huge variety of Hong Kong style dim sum is fresh and are not too salty. Plus, the prices are fair.
Most of the dishes are delicious but the lau sa pau (Salted egg yolk custard pau with pandan paste) is above average!
2. Restoran Hong Kong Dim Sum BFB (八分半港式点心茶楼)
For tasty dim sum close to Sunway’s Lost World of Tambun:
Restoran Hong Kong Dim Sum BFB is highly popular with locals. As such, it’s always crowded on weekends but it is still considerably easy to find a parking spot here.
Try the char siew pau and prawn dishes (e.g., har kaw siew mai ) in particular as they use fresh prawns!
Dim sum here is not salty but it can feel a bit pricey to locals since the dim sum are on the small side. Those from out of town will feel that the prices are reasonable.
They do also rely on a numbering system for public holidays and weekends.
Note: This is an open-air restaurant with no air-conditioning
3. Hong Xing Dim Sum Restaurant (鸿星楼点心)
Craving some dim sum for breakfast or lunch before going back to Kuala Lumpur?
You don’t have to go all the way into Ipoh for this dim sum restaurant as it is right by the highway with a variety of yummy dim sum!
Note: You still have to go through the Ipoh toll though
The dining environment is clean and comfortable too. And as such, there can be a long queue via numbering system if you come during peak times (I.e., around 9am).
By lunch time, the selection of dim sum is noticeably less so the phrase “early bird gets the worm” definitely applies here!
4. Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum (明阁香港点心)
Just opposite it’s main competitor, Restaurant Foh San:
Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum has been able to stand its ground for many years, serving authentic Hong Kong style dim sum!
But as with anywhere in this part of town, it’s hard to find parking! You might want to avoid eating here altogether if it’s a public holiday or weekend as it can get extremely crowded.
Note: Expect to queue for 10 to 30 minutes for a table on a busy day
Not all dishes meet expectations but popular dishes at Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum include lo mai gai and their char siew pau!
Moreover, portions are somewhat small, but serving times are short. The staff will bring different dishes to your table for you to select.
5. Green Town Dim Sum Café (Halal)
Fancy having dim sum for dinner? You can get delicious halal dim sum at Green Town Dim Sum Cafe for reasonable prices! Sets make ordering convenient.
Egg tarts, loh mai gai, siew mai, fried radish cake, and yam dim sum are favorites and can sell out before noon.
It’s normal to wait for 20 or so minutes for a table if you come here during lunch on a weekend and if you’re lucky, the food will reach your table in around 15 minutes.
Sometimes though, it takes 30 minutes.
This establishment is also one of the only halal dim sum restaurants in Ipoh!
And besides dim sum, the menu also features some mains like fried rice, Hakka mee, and wantan mee with prawn dumplings. These are worth ordering too.
6. Canning Dim Sum (Halal)
If you want halal dim sum with a beautiful ambiance, Canning Dim Sum is a good bet! The entrance is already extremely enticing to those wanting to update their social media.
Thanks to their strategic location with a renowned neighbor (Restoran New Hollywood in Canning Garden), this new kid on the block has become just as well-known in Ipoh.
And thus, this area is always full and lacking parking spots on weekends.
Pretty presentation also applies to the food and your phone camera will want to gobble them up as much as you do.
Fried raddish cake, sesame balls, fried wantons, chee cheong fun, salted egg yolk baos, and innovative baos (e.g. peanut lava bao) are must-try items here. Waiters will bring the dim sum to your table for you to choose.
Note: The pork free dim sum usually substitutes pork with prawns.
Other than the food, you have to try their Vietnamese iced coffee too!
Speaking of coffee, Ipoh has its share of hipster cafes!
7. Fulin Dim Sum (富臨閣点心)
If you want to enjoy savory dim sum at your own pace in a nice clean environment, this is the place for you!
Try their house specialty, the bacon rolls! Although the salted egg yolk custard buns are also worth ordering. Along with the har kaw, dong kui siew mai, and fried yam cakes.
Prices are higher than average but the lack of a crowd, ample parking, and very generous portions for the fresh dim sum justifies that.
If you happen to be staying at MU Hotel, this dim sum restaurant in Ipoh is right across!
Note: Service can be slow
8. Restoran Yoke Fook Moon (玉福满酒楼)
Another great dinner option if you want to have dim sum or if you want to avoid heavy crowds in general:
Restoran Yoke Fook Moon should be on your radar as their char siew bao (baked or steamed) is highly recommended.
The same goes for their xiao long bao, chee cheong fun, loh mai kai, and fresh shrimp dumplings!
Their peak time is lunch so if you don’t want a rushed dining experience, it’s best to skip going here for lunch on a weekend.
And even though Restoran Yoke Fook Moon hasn’t reached the same craze level as Restoran Chooi Yue Dim Sum or Canning Dim Sum, they have stuck around for many years.
Loyal fans come back for the decent portions, efficient service and delicious dim sum (taste isn’t consistent).
9. Soon Yuen Dim Sum Restaurant (顺苑点心楼)
In a row of shop lots close to a Lotus’s supermarket (formerly Tesco Extra), is this clean and comfortable air conditioned dim sum restaurant!
Their dim sum is reasonably seasoned (and priced) too! Try their handmade Sichuan Beijing-style knife noodles, salted egg yolk custard bun, and savory char siew pao!
On the whole, we’ve tried various prawn and pork dim sum from here too and they were all delicious – neither too salty nor oily.
We liked the xiao long bao but the chee cheong fun skin had a weird texture (might be better to order that earlier in the day).
Service is a little slow around 10am but the comfortable indoor environment, reasonable pricing, and the good taste of the food makes up for it.
If you are seeking an immense variety of dim sum however, their menu feels quite limited.
Note: Their busiest time is between 10-11am. But there should be parking spaces anyways!
10. Restoran Zui Le Xuan Dim Sum (聚乐轩点心茶楼)
If you want to get away from the tourist crowds:
Restoran Zui Le Xuan Dim Sum has a big assortment of steam, fried and baked dim sum:
Classics like siew mai, har gao, fried lo bak ko (radish cake), char siew pao, and wu kok (yam croquettes) are the must-try dishes here. But they also have lotus leaf rice!
To many locals, this dim sum restaurant in Ipoh is a great alternative to better known eateries:
The dim sum is generally good, prices are lower, but best of all, you don’t have to wait long and the lady boss (and her staff) is polite, very agreeable and accommodating.
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11. Restaurant Sun Kim Aik (新锦益点心茶楼)
A favorite among locals, don’t let the somewhat shabby appearance deter you, as there is excellent fresh traditional dim sum to sample here!
And you can really take your time to sit and savor the food too since there are no tourists thronging the restaurant.
Surprisingly though, that doesn’t mean the food is cheap but prices are still decent.
Be sure to order their loh mai gai (glutinous steamed rice), char siew pao, chee cheong fun, wu kok, and siew mai!
Portions are fairly large here even if the dim sum selection is relatively small.
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Don’t have your own transport in Ipoh?
- City public bus – Inexpensive but not always reliable
- Taxi or Grab – ok for the city area, and as not convenient if you need to go further (e.g. Gua Tempurung, Kellie’s Castle, etc)
- Car rental – Rates start from RM150+ per day (~SGD $50) for a standard 5-seater car.
The other option is to take a private tour service – This is the option that’s most convenient! You don’t have to park or drive and you get a personal guide too!
Customize the given itinerary if you wish! And you can take the tour for just 1 or more days.
Ipoh has come a long way when it comes to dim sum! We even have restaurants that are halal and some that open for dinner!
Take your pick of these 11 best Ipoh dim sum restaurants! Many of these establishments are known for their Hong Kong style dim sum at reasonable prices.
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