Written by Jiayi Ng
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. Where tradition meets modernity – Moon Rabbit Dim Sum & Liquor Bar
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about dim sum? If it’s a group of chatty aunties gathering around a traditional round table, we’re about to change your perspective – Moon Rabbit makes dim sum cool again!
This dim sum restaurant, located amongst a myriad of other cool places in trendy Seminyak, has an alter ego – it’s also a bar! Tea’s definitely not your chee cheong fun’s (rice noodle roll) only best friend anymore.
Decked out in full Chinese vibes, complete with red lanterns adorning the walls, you’ll almost feel as though you’ve been transported into ancient China, if not for the DJ spins and the bartender concocting fancy cocktails.
But of course, the highlight here is the dim sum. The extensive menu comprises of most of your dim sum favourites, and if you’re unsure of what to get, simply opt for the fried or steamed dim sum platters for an all-rounded experience.
While most of the dim sum here are yummy but not jaw-droppingly good, we were pleasantly surprised at how fresh the har gow was, as well as the chee cheong fun’s smoothness and the steaming hotness of the char siew baos (steamed BBQ pork buns)!
Xiao Long Bao (Chinese steamed bun) lovers will likely be disappointed by the thicker skin that Moon Rabbit’s version sports, but if this is the standard of Moon Rabbit’s culinary skills, we definitely won’t mind being the moon goddess’ roomie on the moon.2. Go big or go home – Ah Yat Abalone Seafood Restaurant
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!