One of the best things about living in the fourth largest city in the country is it’s diversity of cuisine. You can fill up your belly with offerings from all over the world. Dim sum is always a popular alternative to tacos. Although usually relegated to a Sunday brunch activity, in Houston you can get your dim sum any day of the week. Not all dim sum is created equal and you will want to make sure you’re getting the pick of the push-cart when you go to pack your face.
It’s a Houston staple and rumored to have the best dim sum in town. Known for its traditional Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine, Kim Son celebrates great food that is also iconically Houston. With a never ending list of menu items you can delight your taste buds with anything from cold mango pudding to steamed pork spare ribs. The great thing is they also cater so maybe turn your wedding into a celebration of love and dim sum.
If you like your dim sum on rainy weekends then a must-try is Fung’s. Go early though because there is always a line despite the entire 1,000 seat restaurant opening up for dim sum service. The menu is limitless and there are also specialty items that are unique to Fung’s. Don’t be afraid of the steamed bean curd rolls. Dim sum is an opportunity to be adventurous without having to commit. Like speed dating with food.
On the other end of the dim sum spectrum is Dim Sum King. This place doesn’t even have a website but it is located in Chinatown and can satisfy those dim sum cravings at more affordable prices. Dim Sum King is open all day from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., so no waiting for the weekends like other offerings. One thing it does have in common with its counterparts - a long wait during peak hours. Afterall, affordable translates to accessible.
It may not be dim sum as intended for the masses, but it is a dim sum that might be intended for Instagram. On the pricier end of the dim sum spectrum is this restaurant located in the Galleria area. These upscale offerings include menu items like fried chili squid and Insta-worthy cocktails. Yauatcha also has a great cocktail menu and amazing looking desserts to take home. Your might leave with an empty wallet but you’re sure to get a full belly in return.
Chinatown is also home to Golden Dim Sum Restaurant. There aren’t carts if that is essential to your dim sum experience but there is some seriously good made to order dim sum. If you go during one of their lunch specials you can get loftier dishes for less lofty prices. And you can’t beat the colorful menu that adds a bit of fun while deciding between the steamed beef ball or steamed shrimp dumpling.