Cantonese cuisine is well known for its lightly spiced, subtle and delicate balance of flavours. Dishes are usually steamed or stir-fried.

Try the traditional Cantonese custom, "yum cha" (drinking tea) and savour the delicate flavours of "dim sum" (delectable Cantonese snacks: usually three to four pieces per order placed in a steamer basket). You will feel your heart being touched by its delicacy, and “dim sum” in Cantonese literally means "to touch the heart".


Popular dim sum dishes include:

  • Cha Siu Bau
    Steamed barbecued pork bun
  • Chun Kuen
    Deep-fried spring roll
  • Cheung Fun
    Rice flour rolls with pork, beef or shrimp
  • Har Gau
    Shrimp dumplings
  • Siu Mai
    Meat dumplings

Chiu Chow

Taste: light

Specialties: shark's-fin soup, steamed eel, Tiet Kwun Yum (Iron Buddha) tea (tea from Fujian Province)


Taste: heavier in flavour and oilier than Cantonese

Specialties: roasted Peking duck, noodles, dumplings and buns


Taste: richer, heavier and oilier than Cantonese dishes, but lighter than Peking ones

Specialties: sweet and sour soup, steamed stuffed buns and eel dishes


Taste: fiery flavours with peppers, onions, chillies and garlic

Specialties: hotpot, sour and spicy noodles

You may also go to Dai Pai Dong (outdoor cooked-food stall) or Cha Chan Teng ("tea house") for simple Cantonese food such as seafood, noodles and rice dishes. In addition, dessert shops are also good choices to take time from the rush of urban life to enjoy the rush of sugar.

Lung King Heen (Michelin  )

The only Chinese restaurant in the world to receive three Michelin stars. This contemporary Cantonese restaurant perfectly integrates the freshest local ingredients with a team of regionally renowned chefs, and spectacular harbour views, to excite your taste buds and satisfy even the most demanding epicure.

4/F Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central
Tel: 3196 8888  (Reservations is suggested to be done one month in advance.)

Tin Lung Heen (Michelin )

Earned the distinction of two Michelin stars in 2012, Tin Lung Heen features a marvellous harbour sea view from 102nd floor of the International Commerce Centre and exquisite Chinese Dim Sum. It not only can excite your taste buds but also stimulate your eyes with the buzzling view.

Level 102, International Commerce Ctr. 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong. 
Tel: 2263 2270

Fook Lam Moon Restaurant

One of the best Cantonese restaurants in Hong Kong, serving delicacies like “Braised shark fins “, “Sweetened double boiled bird’s nest in whole fresh coconut.”

35 Johnston Road, Wanchai
Tel: 2866 0663

55 Kimberley Road, Tsimshatsui
Tel: 2366 0286

Yung Kee Restaurant

Offers good quality Cantonese Classics including tea-smoked pork & braised garoupa. The roasted goose there is a must try.

32-40 Wellington Street, Central
Tel: 2522 1624


Din Tai Fung

Awarded as Michelin 1 star restaurant in 2010, Din Tai Fung brings you probably the most famous Siu Lung Bao in the world.

G/F, 68 Yee Woo Street, Causeway Bay
Tel: 3160 8998

Shop 130, 3/F Silvercord, 30 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2730 6928

Tim Ho Wan

Famous for its crispy Cha-siu bun, Tim Ho Wan is one of the most loved tea houses by locals in Hong Kong.

Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station (Podium Level 1, IFC Mall) , Central
Tel: 2332 3078

Shop 72, G/F, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui
Tel: 2322 2896