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The Ultimate Dim Sum Menu Guide

Are you headed to the dim sum restaurant? This is your complete guide to help you have a great meal with your friends and family.

The sort of dim sum served in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia originated in Hong Kong during the 1950s. The vast restaurants filled with rolling carts and a cacophony of voices so familiar to diners in the West take their inspiration from Hong Kong dim sum parlors where families gathered regularly to drink tea, play mahjong and catch up with friends.

You’re very likely to find all of the dim sum selections pictured below at the restaurant you’ve chosen. These are the traditional dishes that originated from Guangdong Province, timeless favorites with plenty of options for both newcomers and regulars alike.

This menu guide is divided into sections for steamed items, fried and baked offerings, noodles and other specialties and desserts. Each entry includes a picture to help you identify the dish, a detailed description, the pronunciation in Cantonese, the Chinese characters for the English name and a link to additional information.

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We hope this guide helps you enjoy a delicious dim sum meal with your friends or family! Comment below with any questions.


Steamed Dishes

Steamed Sausage Rolls

Steamed Sausage Rolls

Description: Savory Chinese sausages wrapped in sweet pastry dough and steamed.
Translation: Djing Lahp Cheung Goon
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Steamed Soup Dumplings

Steamed Soup Dumplings

Description: Dumplings filled with pork, crab meat and broth.
Translation: Siu Luhng Bao
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Shrimp Dumplings

Shrimp Dumplings

Description: Whole shrimp in a translucent wrapper.
Translation: Har Gow
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Pork Siu Mai

Pork Siu Mai

Description: Open-topped dumplings filled with ground pork and shrimp.
Translation: Siu Mai
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Steamed Pork Ribs

Steamed Pork Ribs

Description: Pork rib tips steamed with whole black beans and oil.
Translation: Pai Gwut
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Steamed Chicken Feet

Steamed Chicken Feet

Description: Chewy chicken feet that are fried, marinated and steamed.
Translation: Fong Djau
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Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf

Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf

Description: Pork, chicken, sausage and mushrooms wrapped in a lotus leaf.
Translation: Nor Mai Gai
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Steamed Pork Buns

Steamed Pork Buns

Description: BBQ pork wrapped in sweet dough and steamed.
Translation: Djing Char Siu Bao
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Fried & Baked Dishes

Baked Pork Buns

Baked Pork Buns

Description: BBQ pork wrapped in sweet dough and baked.
Translation: Gohk Char Siu Bao
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BBQ Pork Puffs

BBQ Pork Puffs

Description: BBQ pork wrapped in puff pastry.
Translation: Char Siu Soh
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Glutinous Rice Dumplings

Glutinous Rice Dumplings

Description: Savory pork and shrimp in a sweet glutinous rice shell.
Translation: Hom Sui Gok
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Taro Root Dumplings

Taro Root Dumplings

Description: Crunchy mashed taro filled with ground pork and shrimp.
Translation: Wu Gohk
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Pan Fried Turnip Cake

Pan Fried Turnip Cake

Description: Grated turnip with dried shrimp and Chinese sausage.
Translation: Lohr Bahk Go
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Fried Sticky Rice

Fried Sticky Rice

Description: Glutinous rice with dried shrimps, scallops and mushrooms.
Translation: Nor Mai Fahn
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Stuffed Eggplant

Stuffed Eggplant

Description: Chinese eggplant filled with ground shrimp in XO sauce.
Translation: Djeen Yeung Cay Djee
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Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls

Description: A thin, crispy wrapper with shrimp and vegetables inside.
Translation: Cheun Goon
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Noodles & Special Dishes

Shrimp Noodle Rolls

Shrimp Noodle Rolls

Description: Shrimp wrapped in a rice noodle sheet with soy sauce.
Translation: Har Cheung
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Beef Noodle Rolls

Beef Noodle Rolls

Description: Minced beef wrapped in a rice noodle sheet with soy sauce.
Translation: Ngau Cheung
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Chinese Donut Noodle Rolls

Chinese Donut Noodle Rolls

Description: A fried cruller wrapped in a rice noodle sheet with soy sauce.
Translation: Dja Leung
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Dried Shrimp Scallion Noodle Rolls

Dried Shrimp Scallion Noodle Rolls

Description: Dried shrimp wrapped in a rice noodle sheet with soy sauce.
Translation: Chung Fah Har Mai Cheung
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Clams in Black Bean Sauce

Clams in Black Bean Sauce

Description: Whole clams stir fried in black bean sauce.
Translation: See Djup Chow Dai Heen
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Steamed Beef Tripe

Steamed Beef Tripe

Description: Springy tripe with chopped garlic and black bean paste.
Translation: Ngau Paak Yip
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BBQ Pork Noodle Rolls

BBQ Pork Noodle Rolls

Description: BBQ pork wrapped in a rice noodle sheet with soy sauce.
Translation: Char Siu Cheung
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Garlic Pea Sprouts

Garlic Pea Sprouts

Description: Tender pea greens steamed in chicken stock.
Translation: Soon Yung Dai Dou Miu
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Dessert Dishes

Deep Fried Egg Puffs

Deep Fried Egg Puffs

Description: Deep fried egg dough sprinkled with sugar.
Translation: Djah Daan Cao
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Deep Fried Twisted Egg Puffs

Deep Fried Twisted Egg Puffs

Description: Deep fried egg dough knots drizzled with honey.
Translation: Djah Daan Sahn
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Egg Tarts

Egg Tarts

Description: A flaky pastry crust filled with creamy egg custard.
Translation: Daan Taat
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Fried Sesame Balls

Fried Sesame Balls

Description: Fried dough covered with sesame seeds and filled with a sweet red bean paste.
Translation: Djeen Dui
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Steamed Sesame Balls

Steamed Sesame Balls

Description: Glutinous rice balls filled with ground sesame paste.
Translation: Loh Sah Tong Yuen
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Sponge Cake

Sponge Cake

Description: A simple steamed cake made of eggs, sugar and flour.
Translation: Mah Lai Goh
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Mango Pudding

Mango Pudding

Description: A rich pudding made from mangos, evaporated milk and sugar.
Translation: Heuhng Mong Dung Boh Deen
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Sweet Tofu

Sweet Tofu

Description: Silky tofu in a sweet syrup made from ginger and rock sugar.
Translation: Dow Fu Fah
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HT: Photo by Passion Dim Sum.