Written by Jiayi Ng
Co-written by Nadia Crowe
Edited by Beverley Lennon
Call me typically Chinese if you like, but I’m not ashamed to say this: I LOVE DIM SUM.
While steaming hotpots and richly flavoured meats have got their own special place in my heart, it’s the little things that matter. When you lie in bed at night, do you dream of steamer baskets full of fragrant shumai (Chinese steamed dumplings), pearlescent har gow (shrimp dumplings) and custard buns in all their golden glory?
If you do, fellow dim sum enthusiast, this story is for you!
We know, it’s hard to find good dim sum in countries where Chinese cuisine doesn’t make up the majority. We’ve sure had our fair share of disappointments, but Bali isn’t going to be one of them!
Believe it or not, but there are a number of establishments right here in Bali, where dim sum fanatics can get their fix, and people who don’t love dim sum yet can meet their true love.
We mean, seriously, guys. Don’t love dim sum? Check out our top picks for dim sum in Bali, and you will change your mind.
1. Let your senses feel the blend of cultures: Sista Cafe
A blend of two incredible cuisines come together in the form of Sista Cafe, I’m talking about a French-Chinese fusion of magic! Nothin beats a hearty meal filled with dumplings and oriental goodies, when mixed with a hint of French passion, you get what can only be described as a mind blowing menu.
Boasting an incredible view of the rice paddy fields of Canggu, and a seriously cool interior, it’s no wonder that people flock here in droves! With a very unique style of ordering, where you get to pick and choose a mix of different things, you know you’ll be in for a treat! Make sure to sneak in some dumplings (vegan or otherwise) into your order, as they’re said to be the best in Canggu!
Don’t forget to snap a picture with their adorable paintings, or by their many quirky muralled walls!2. A tropical take on Asian comfort food: Island Wok Bali
Soft pink walls, and boho wooden decor accompanies you as you munch on some delicious beef chow mein (Chinese stir-fried noodles). At Island Wok Bali, they take their Asian comfort food very seriously, and you’ll be surprised at how at home you feel once there.
Fans rave about their sweet and sour chicken and fried rice, let’s not forget about the spring rolls too! A quintessential dish at any Chinese restaurant and theirs are nothing to scoff at. You’ll almost forget to take photos of your food along with the restaurant’s tropical facade thanks to the food looking and smelling so enticing!
3. Fill your stomach with colourful dumplings and smile with glee: Happy Chappy Chinese
Sticking to its Chinese roots, Happy Chappy is decorated with an elaborate red facade, traditional rosewood chairs are used to give it that extra authentic feel, and you’ll definitely be transported to the old streets of Beijing when you step in here. Not only that, they have incredible oriental decorations dotted around the place too, it all makes it an extremely pleasant visit!
Dim Sum lovers regularly comment at how authentic the ones at Happy Chappy taste, some even comparing them to the ones they’ve had in China itself! What’s more, on Sundays they have an all-you-can-eat Dim Sum buffet that features several of the classics in all different colours and styles (try the green ones!). From Hargau to spring rolls, you’ll be a happy chappy person upon leaving!
4. Feast your eyes on beautiful murals and your stomach on delicious Dim Sum: Dim Sum House Bali
*Temporarily closed due to COVID-19*
As the name suggests, this place is where you go to in Canggu if you’re looking for your money’s worth of Chinese food. Their all-you-can-eat buffet definitely fits into this category. Featuring several different types of steamed dumplings, buns, and fried dim sum, you’ll be absolutely spoiled for choice!
Apart from that, enjoy the gorgeous art murals on the walls, and relish in the fact that you found this super central restaurant, with an endless amount of dim sum for you to eat! Fill your belly, and hit the beach straight after! (Be proud of that food baby!)
5. Go big or go home – Ah Yat Abalone Seafood Restaurant
*Temporarily closed due to COVID-19*
We mean it – if you’re planning to drop by RIMBA Jimbaran BALI’s Ah Yat Abalone Seafood Restaurant for that dim sum fix, you’d better make sure your tummy is ready to go big.
With an extensive dim sum selection featuring over 40 of your favourite dishes, how could you bear to walk away without eating till you’re super full? Most selections are between Rp. 30,000 – 40,000++, which isn’t too hard on your wallet at all!
If you love dim sum enough, feel free to upgrade and go for the All You Can Eat Dim Sum Special at Rp. 238,000++. That’s right – you’ll get to indulge in 34 different dimsum favourites in elegant surroundings, without any guilt on your wallet!
Ah Yat boasts a ginormous interior (it’s the biggest Chinese restaurant in Bali!) that’s incredibly pleasing to the eye, complete with custom furniture, bright colours and modern artwork. You’ll even get to dine in close proximity to the live seafood on display!