Those who live in Cebu just know where to get delicious dimsum!
Dimsum (点心, diǎnxīn), recognized globally to be a facet of Cantonese cuisine, refers to a vast range of small dishes that were typically enjoyed in teahouses in Guangzhou. Generally served alongside tea, these dishes are known to be often steamed or fried and presented in bite-sized portions, making them easy to eat at any meal.
Chinese cuisine had spread to the Philippines when traders and migrants visited and settled into the country. In Cebu, there is no shortage of dimsum restaurants that cater to both the tastes of the local Chinese and Filipino communities.
Here are five Cebuano restaurants to satisfy your dimsum cravings!
1. Harbour City Group
Ding How: G/F Robinsons Galleria Cebu (near the Supermarket), General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City
Ding Qua Qua: Second Floor, JY Square Discovery Mall, Lahug, Cebu City
Harbour City: Lower Ground Floor SM City 6000, Juan Luna Extension, Cebu City, Cebu
Dimsum Break: L3, SM Cebu City, Juan Luna Avenue Extension, 6000, Cebu City, Cebu
Everyone who wants cheap and tasty dimsum knows that eating at any Harbour City Group restaurant is the way to go.
The Harbour City Group opened its first casual dining restaurant, Ding How, on Colon Street in 1969, pioneering the concept of all-day dimsum dining. Now known for their Original Steamed Fried Rice, siomai, stuffed shrimp, and sweet and sour pork among other appetizing items, the group currently manages at least forty branches of restaurants under four different brands: Ding How, Ding Qua Qua, Harbour City, and Dimsum Break.
Left: Dimsum Break offers a fast-food experience. Right: Ding Qua Qua provides a buffet set-up.
Source: Dimsum Break Facebook Page and Sugbo.ph
2. Tim Ho Wan
Upper Ground Floor, Seaview Wing, SM Seaside City Cebu, SRP (South Road Properties), Cebu City
This popular Hong Kong-based restaurant opened its franchise in Cebu in 2017. Especially famous for its mouthwatering pork buns, Tim Ho Wan is globally recognized for being the “most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant in the world,” having achieved the coveted Michelin rank only one year after opening. With its consistent culinary quality and relaxed atmosphere, Tim Ho Wan makes it more than easy for Cebuano diners to find a world-class dining experience right at their door.
Source: Tim Ho Wan Facebook Page
3. Luy’s Classic Tea House
APM Square, Andres Soriano Avenue NRA, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu
This Chinese restaurant serves such authentic Cantonese cuisine that both the local Chinese community and tourists alike would dine here for Chinese New Year! Serving a wide variety of everyone’s favorite dimsum dishes, Luy’s Classic Tea House never disappoints diners and always leaves them wanting for more.
Source: Luy’s Classic Tea House Facebook Page
4. Tea of Spring
Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu, 6015, Philippines
Included in The Philippine Tatler’s Top 20 Best Restaurants in 2017 list, Tea of Spring offers a high-class dining experience to those who take their dimsum seriously. Not only does this restaurant serve traditional Cantonese cuisine but also an extensive selection of loose-leaf tea and wine. Backed up with excellent customer service and hospitality, Tea of Spring provides an unforgettable experience that leaves nothing to be desired.
Source: Golden Circle
5. Hai Shin Lou
Marco Polo Hotel, Cebu Transcentral Highway, Lahug, Cebu City
From savory dishes like xiao long bao and roast duck to sweet desserts like egg tarts and sesame balls, Hai Shin Lou has it all. Not only can diners choose to have a casual authentic dimsum meal, but they can also have banquets prepared for them by the restaurant’s three Hong Kong chefs! Backed by excellent service and top-of-the-line banquet rooms, Hai Shin Lou is the dimsum place to be in to celebrate with your friends and family.