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Top 5 Places to Get Dim Sum This Chinese New Year

How else can you celebrate CNY?



It might be fact that 2020 has just begun, but we’re ready to celebrate another holiday: Chinese New Year. Everyone’s wearing red, getting haircuts, reading up on their horoscopes and just generally taking advantage of the merriment around them—and that includes the food. This year, we’re focusing on the places to get dim sum we can’t get out of our heads.


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Le Ching Tea House

Greenhills, San Juan 

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A favorite of those living in the San Juan area (and anyone willing to take the trip), Le Ching Tea House is a hole-in-the-wall type of restaurant that’s humble and unassuming. You sit down, place your order and wait for your food to arrive. You have your sauce options right at your table and ready to be mixed to your preference—and then you sink your teeth in. 


And while you’re stuffing yourself with the dim sum options, may we suggest placing an order of the spareribs as well?


Mongkok 

With branches pretty much everywhere


In keeping up with our humble-yet-delicious trajectory, there is Mongkok. While an option of many, the amount of branches it has littered around our cities makes it easy to get to and enjoy. Relatively one of the cheaper options, your wallet will be a-okay at the end of the meal—and your stomach will be full. 


Little piece of advice: Don’t skip out on the fried shrimp balls (theirs is a little different). 


King Chef Seafood Restaurant

Banawe St., Quezon City

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Banawe Street is known for its food options, but when we’re talking places to get dim sum, the answer has to be King Chef Seafood Restaurant. The steaming orders come in and out of the kitchen like clockwork and you can choose them as they make their way around the restaurant. 


And if you don’t mind having a late dinner, the restaurant slashes their prices as they get closer to closing time. 


Oriental Palace

Zapote Road, Alabang


Late night craving for dim sum? The Oriental Palace in Alabang is open until 10:30 in the evening. So in case your Chinese New Year plans involve a night out, why not take a little side trip to satiate yourself?


Their no-fuss dim sum options are classic yet elevated in taste. So don’t be scared to go for the traditional pork siomai and hakaw. 


Jasmine Restaurant 

New World Manila, Makati

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With the slew of cheaper Chinese options out there, it’s very possible that you would question why you’d opt to go to a hotel restaurant. Well, New World’s Jasmine Restaurant has an unli-dim sum offer that’s valid until June of this year. 


For P988, literally satisfy our dim sum craving at lunch—you’ll also get some soup, rice or a noodle dish and dessert. Weekends are a little more expensive at P1,388 (but it comes with a main dish). Bang-for-buck really depends on your appetite, so come hungry!



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Excuse us; we’ll be making reservations (and getting our stomachs ready). 



Words Adie Pieraz

Art Alex Lara

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