If a Malaysian invites you to “yum cha”, it means to go out for a drink. But if a Hong Konger does the same, it literally means to go for dim sum and wash down with Chinese tea, usually for breakfast. This is our invitation to you to have dim sum and drink tea in Ipoh one fine morning.
Dim sum needs no introduction but there are a few varieties in the current market. While Halal dim sum is getting popular, non-Muslims cannot go without pork lard or pork in their dim sum, honestly. And then, there’s the machine-made version and the handmade ones. If there is a choice, dim sum connoisseurs will definitely go for handmade dim sum because the texture and taste are just superior.
With the opening of Dragon City Dim Sum in Bandar Cyber Ipoh (next to De Botani Hotel, opposite Shen Jai Independent School), Ipohites now have the luxury of feasting on authentic handmade Hong Kong-version dim sum for their breakfast.
Headed by a royal dim sum chef with more than fifty years of experience under his belt, including in the kitchens of five-star hotels and a certain palace overseas, Dim Sum Master Chef Thin is finally ready to settle down in Ipoh. Originally from Hong Kong, at 68 years old, he is still not ready to retire, hence the beginning of this passion project of Dragon City Dim Sum.
The dim sum menu at Dragon City Dim Sum has a few categories: Fried or Baked, Steamed, Dumplings, Porridge, Chu Cheong Fun, and Desserts. Then, there are also two options for Chinese tea.
Some of the chef’s recommended items are Lamb Shoulders, Pork Ribs, Salted Egg Custard Buns, BBQ Pork (char siew) Puffs, Egg Tarts, plus Yam Dumplings. Additionally, there is the weekend special menu, which is like a secret because what’s being served on Saturdays and Sundays is always a surprise as it depends on the mood of Master Chef Thin.
One of the rare fines, let us tip you off, is the Pork Liver Siu Mai. You are very, very lucky if you can get your hands on a basket of Pork Liver Siu Mai. In addition to the usual Siu Mai ingredients of prawn, pork, and chicken, the Siu Mai is covered with a layer of Pork Liver.
When we say “rare”, we mean it. As the dim sum is handmade at Dragon City Dim Sum, the quantity is limited. Hungry diners literally start queuing at 6.30am when the restaurant opens for the day. Although the business hour is stated to close at 2pm, it could be earlier if the dim sum is already sold out for the day.
This means that dim sum is freshly made every day. Besides maintaining its freshness, Master Chef Thin is very particular about the flour that he uses, which is imported from Hong Kong, and procured at three times the price of regular flour produced in Malaysia. Despite this, prices are kept reasonable and affordable for the masses, from only RM2 per basket.
View the full photo album of Dragon City Dim Sum Ipoh: Authentic Handmade Hong Kong Dim Sum on our official Facebook Page by clicking HERE. So, are you ready to yum cha over authentic handmade Hong Kong dim sum in Ipoh?
Dragon City Dim Sum Ipoh 龍城點心樓
Address: No. 12, Jalan Lapangan Siber 1, Bandar Cyber, 31450 Ipoh.
Business hours: Daily 6.30am until 2pm (or while stocks last) – closed on Wednesdays
GPS Coordinates: https://maps.app.goo.gl/2dN5JgMT9xHLsQdn6