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Your North American Dim Sum Guide

By Mer Norwood

Dim Sum is translated in Cantonese to mean “appetizer” or literally, “touch the heart”, and is a Chinese tradition where small dumpling appetizers are shared amongst family and friends. This delicious tradition is upheld in restaurants across North America, so we’ve gathered our favorites to dine at for your North American Dim Sum Guide.  

Harbor City Restaurant in Seattle, Washington 

Harbor City Restaurant sets the standard for dim sum in Seattle. This popular spot is an award-winning restaurant that holds the title of “2020 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best” by TripAdvisor, ranking 4th out of more than 100+ Chinese restaurants in Seattle. Order the fan favorites: siu mai and bbq pork buns.  

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Don Mee Seafood Restaurant in Victoria, British Columbia  

Located near the entrance of Chinatown, Don Mee Seafood Restaurant is across the street from Fan Tan Alley, and has been a staple in the neighborhood for more than 80 years. Their plump servings of dim sum keep customers coming back again and again, including celebrities like Michael J. Fox and Pierce Brosnan. Get your dim sum fix at Don Mee’s next time you’re in Victoria, British Columbia.  

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Golden Unicorn Restaurant in New York City, New York 

The red and gold décor of Golden Unicorn Restaurant gives an air of elegance as you sit down to chow on dim sum. Known for pioneering the first upscale dim sum spot in Chinatown, Golden Unicorn Restaurant has been setting the ambience for dim sum lovers for nearly forty years. In the ‘90s, the spot was named by Food and Wine Magazine as one of “NYC’s Five Best Restaurants”; it is the only Chinese restaurant to have been recognized for this distinction.  

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia  

“Our classically trained dim sum master, Chef Alan, has spent decades refining his dim sum technique. He spends early mornings in the kitchen handcrafting each piece from scratch to ensure a fresh and authentic experience,” describes Sun Sui Wah. Sun Sui Wah opened its doors in 1988 and was one of the first Cantonese restaurants in Vancouver. Bringing authentic Hong Kong flavors to its dishes, one can expect only the highest quality of ingredients when dining at Sun Sui Wah. Order shrimp and pork dumplings and rice noodle rolls to start.  

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Ming’s Seafood Restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts 

Ming’s Seafood Restaurant is a staple in the Boston dim sum scene. The Cantonese spot offers a large selection of dim sum with large tables for sharing baskets upon baskets of delicious dishes. Order steamy bbq pork character buns or steamed har gow to share, and dine at either the Malden or Quincy location.  

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