Having dim sum with family or friends for breakfast has long been a weekend indulgence for many. Whether it’s in the morning or for brunch, we always look forward to Saturday or Sunday yum cha sessions when we can finally take our sweet time sipping tea while savouring these morsels of Cantonese goodness.

Steamer baskets of Chinese dumpling have long been a favourite of many. It may be because their bite-sized portions make them as easy to eat as tapas. And even after centuries, their popularity shows little signs of waning. In fact, the last decade or so has actually seen the trend of enjoying them at any time of the day in Kuala Lumpur. These days, you can find more modern restaurants and elegant spaces outside traditional Chinese teahouses that introduce modern and exciting new twists to the cuisine.

Naturally, the sheer number of restaurants in existence has made it a bit tough to pick a spot to enjoy the gamut of dim sum offerings. Thing along the lines of beautifully braised chicken feet, warm barbecue pork or creamy custard buns, classic siu mai and prawn dumplings, fried yam balls and the works. But whether you’re into traditionally made dim sum or its fusion with some other cuisine, your craving will surely be satisfied in 5 of these restaurants that are known to serve the best-tasting ones.

1
Dolly Dim Sum

Say good bye to traditional Chinese teahouses, and hello to a modern chic eatery that serves mean dim sum. Conveniently located in Avenue K, Nu Sentral and Pavilion Elite, Dolly Dim Sum is as aesthetically appealing as much as its Chinese dumplings are delicious. It’s known for serving modern dim sum, refining favourites such as siew mai (chicken and prawn dumpling, RM9.8), har gao (crystal prawn dumpling, RM10.50), and salad prawn. The best part is: Instead of your usual tea, you can wash their famous spicy Szechuan dumplings (RM11.30) down with oriental-inspired cocktails.

Dolly Dim Sum, G-9A, Ground Floor, Avenue K, No. 156, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3-2181 3830

2
Five Sen5es

Located at The Westin Kuala Lumpur, this Cantonese fine dining restaurant can indeed tease your five senses with its vast range of delectable dim sum. Like us, you’ll get addicted to their signature steamed crystal dumpling with mini abalone (RM18), and steamed Shanghainese Xiao long bar (RM16) in “chick out teh” juice as well as the poached prawn dumplings. But you’ll find your new favourite in poached prawn dumpling in crab roe bisque (RM28) for its rich and velvety flavour.

Five Sen5es, Level 1, The Westin Kuala Lumpur, No. 199, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2773 8338

3
Way Modern Chinois

There’s no denying it: Way Modern Chinois serves the most Instagrammable dumplings in the city. Proud of their avant-garde Chinese cuisine, the fine dining restaurant shot to popularity for its penchant in reinventing Asian cuisine with a classy twist and sensual sophistication. Best-selling dishes include house signature skinless Shanghai soup dumpling (RM12) as well as snow bun (RM10), which is stuffed with chicken char siew and covered with a crispy white pastry.

Way Modern Chinois, G-1, Work @ Clearwater, Changkat Semantan, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2095 1118

4
MinMax Restaurant

Traditional dim sum lovers won’t be disappointed walking in MinMax Restaurant. An old favourite for affordable pork-free dim sum since 2002, it boasts an extensive repertoire of handmade Chinese dumplings like its springy siu mai (chicken and shrimp dumpling, RM6.90), juicy har kao (shrimp, RM6.90), and prawn cheong fun (RM6.90). Expect a long time of dining here as each dish is only made upon every order, leaving each morsels with consistent and transcendent texture and taste. Just the way we like it!

Restaurant MinMax, Lot 2.1, Level 2, PNB Darby Park, No. 197, Jln Binjai, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +6012 221 1972

5
Lai Po Heen

When it comes to exceptional Cantonese cuisine, Lai Po Heen has always been among the first restaurants that spring to our minds. Inspired by the great ancestral homes of 19th Century Chinese tycoons, this impressive restaurant specialises in classic Cantonese delicacies as well as 35 handmade and pork-freedim sum, which you can savour in its cosy private dining rooms. Its steamed siew mai topped with a whole crystal prawn (RM33), steamed prawn and water chestnut dumplings (RM23), Poached prawn and chicken dumplings in spicy peanut sauce (RM18), deep fried prawn and lobster flower rolls (RM33) won’t disappoint your craving appetite.

Lai Po Heen, Level 1, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2380 8888