Traditionally, dim sum often included dumplings filled with meat (be it shrimp, beef, or pork), but more restaurants are introducing green options. Bookmark this page and explore Hong Kong’s best vegetarian dim sum!
More and more restaurants are picking up on vegetarian and vegan trends. You can survey the streets of Wan Chai, Sheung Wan, and Tsim Sha Tsui and find plenty of green-friendly restaurants. And if you’re moving towards a plant-based diet, you need to check out these vegetarian dim sum in Hong Kong.
Best vegetarian dim sum in Hong Kong
1. Veggie Kingdom
This casual eatery is homey, spacious, and located right in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui. The impressive dim sum spread includes many traditional Cantonese snacks – the char siu is a must-try! The thin wheat starch dumpling wrapper encloses colourful ingredients (making a great photo-op!). We recommend their veggie shrimp dumplings, golden vegetable dumplings, and wontons. Also, their crispy shredded abalone mushroom is very addictive!
Veggie Kingdom, 7/F, VIP Commercial Centre, 120 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2366 3233
2. Three Virtues Vegetarian Restaurant
Even though the dim sum is available until 3pm (due to the hungry crowd), and despite there being numerous tables, you may still have to end up waiting a wee bit to get seated. Why the crowd? Because of the unbeatable price, location, and taste! The Buddhist restaurant serves a long list of dim sum during lunch hours and you can’t go wrong with any of them. A little bonus off the main menu; the satays here are comfort food of comfort foods!
Three Virtues Vegetarian Restaurant has locations in Jordan and North Point.
3. LockCha Tea House
Sip on some of the best tea in the city in this simple yet traditional eatery in Tai Kwun. Stop by for an afternoon tea to sample their vegetarian dim sum for a much needed break from work. Must-tries include the veggie beef pancakes, shrimp dumplings, and black truffle siu mai. And as for the tea, well, the tea here speaks for itself 😉
LockCha Tea House, Shop 01-G07, Block 1, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2276 5777
4. Vegelink Vegetarian Restaurant
You can either order from the a-la-carte menu or opt for the 12-course evening dim sum set, either way you’re in for some good food! The restaurant is well-known amongst the Buddhist community in Hong Kong, and offers a wide range of dim sum.
Do note that the dim sum menu is in Chinese, so you may need to try your luck with Google translate or bring a friend along who can translate. Side note, we think their dinner set is definitely a steal, featuring veggie sushi, crispy shrimp, and steamed tofu. There’s also a grocery section inside where you can take home frozen food and shelf-stable products.
Vegelink Vegetarian Restaurant, Shop 108, 1/F, Foo Yet Kai Commercial Centre, 56 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong, p. 2807 1130
5. Chi Lin Vegetarian
Explore Nan Lian Garden to enjoy a mini escape and tranquility right in the middle of Diamond Hill. Take it a step further with a meal at Chi Lin Vegetarian! Grab a window seat if you can, with the artificial waterfall mimicking heavy rain for some extra zen. The reasonably priced dim sum includes steamed enoki mushroom and vegetable dumplings, pan-fried radish cake, and the baby pink steamed lotus-seed paste buns (more like a dessert). Aside from dim sum, there’s loads more dishes to add to your table so prepare your tums!
Check out our full guide to Chi Lin Nunnery.
Chi Lin Vegetarian, Long Men Lou, Nan Lian Garden, 60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill, Hong Kong, p. 3658 9388