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10 Underrated Chinese Restos for the Best Dimsum in Manila

We don’t know about you but our craving for Chinese food and dim sum comes in waves every other day. If you’re like us and your stomach dictates your plans for the day, then you have to check out these underrated Chinese restaurants for the best dim sum around Metro Manila.


1. Templo

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  • Address: 55 Dapitan Street Corner D. Tuazon, Brgy. Lourdes, Quezon City
  • Contact number: 0926 062 6228
  • Must-orders: Szechuan Native Duck (P485), Golden Squid Ink Hakaw (P155), Fried Pigeon (P385)

Templo is a modern Szechuan fusion restaurant sandwiched between a spa and a car wash along Dapitan street. While the restaurant is more popular for their bold and fiery Szechuan dishes like the Native Duck, they also serve staples like tausi spareribs and chicken feet.

2. Lin’s Kitchen

Lin’s Kitchen
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  • Address: Sgt. Esguerra Ave,, Diliman, Quezon City
  • Contact number: (02) 355 8000
  • Must-orders: Chicken Chop on Rice (P170), Hakaw Shrimp (P140), Pork with Century Egg Congee (P120)

Finding this little hole-in-the-wall along Sgt. Esguerra was a Godsend. Lin’s Kitchen specializes in noodles, clay-pot rice, and dim sum. But the best thing about Lin’s is that most dishes go for less than P200, so you can have yourself a feast without worrying about the bill!

3. The Silver Dragon

Silver Dragon Xiao Long Bao
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  • Address: P.Guevarra St., San Juan
  • Must-orders: Ham Sui Kok (P105) – glutinous rice dumplings, Special Taiwan Beef with Tendon (P330), Beef Hofan Noodles (P260)

The Silver Dragon is a small food stall located in San Juan’s the Courtyard where you can get your favorite food-filled steamer baskets served to you in a few minutes.

4. Eat Fresh

Eat Fresh Fried Intestine with Leeks
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  • Address: Biak na Bato, J. Jose Abad Santos, St., Lungsod ng San Juan
  • Contact number: (02) 234 9059
  • Must-orders: Beef Tendon Claypot Rice (P250), Breaded Scallop (P45/per stick), Hong Kong Style Fried Noodles (P65)

Dining at Eat Fresh really feels like being in a roadside eatery in Hong Kong — ambiance, food, noise, and all.

The steam from the deep fried squid balls and barbecued yakitori sticks might be more tempting, but never forget to pair your meal with any of their dim sum. Trust us, that giant siomai is worth the additional calories.

5. IMC Kavino

IMC Kavino Beef Tenderloin Cube
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  • Address: Jupiter Place, 136/138 Jupiter, Makati
  • Contact number: (02) 553 3688
  • Must-orders: Sizzling Imported Beef Tenderloin with Black Pepper Sauce (P488), Siomai with Crab Roe (P150), Stewed Pork Belly with Salted Fish in Casserole (P368)

It’s title of “International Master Chef” might sound like a bit of an over promise but Chef Lau’s decades worth of experience does not fail him.

Aside from their modern take on the Cantonese cuisine, the restaurant is also known to serve a limited amount of their fresh dim sum daily. So if you want first dibs on their dumplings, then you’ll have to visit during lunch.

6. Ying Ying Tea House

Ying Ying Tea House Japanese Siomai
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  • Address: 234 Dasmariñas St, Binondo, Manila
  • Contact number: (02) 241 6323
  • Must-orders: Steam/fried Cuapao (P65), Taro Puff (P70), Roast Peking Duck (P1200/whole)

Despite being a “newcomer” (est. 2008) in Binondo, Ying Ying Tea House certainly deserves its status as a Chinatown icon.

The restaurant is ran by the family behind the legendary President’s Grand Palace so you know you’re in for a good meal. With it’s budget-friendly prices, you’re bound to clear up a tall, stack of their mouthwatering dim sum.

7. Darwin Dimsum

Darwin Dim sum
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  • Address: 235 Nicanor Garcia, Makati
  • Contact number: 0926 041 8526
  • Must-orders: Darwin’s Special Hakaw (P158), Hello Kitty Custard Bun (P148), Mickey Radish Cake (P138)

Darwin Dim sum is another one of Makati’s best kept secrets popular for their dim sum, but for different reasons. Yes, their radish cakes and hakaw’s are bursting with flavor, but they are more popular for their “cartoon” versions which typically taste just like the regular dish except cuter.

8. Dong Bei Dumpling

Dong Bei Dumpling
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  • Address: 642 Yuchengo St., Binondo, Manila
  • Must-orders: Xiao Long Bao (P150) Fried Pork with Fungus (P150), Fried Stuff Pancake (P200)

If you want your dumpling and dim sum craving to truly be satisfied (until you inevitably drool for more), then make your way downtown to Dong Bei Dumpling. As part of the Dong Bei experience, you even get to watch their expert staff prepare your order by hand.

9. Famous Kitchen

Famous Kitchen
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  • Address: 98B Xavierville Ave cor Esteban Abada, Loyola Heights
  • Must-orders: Char Siu Barbecue (P168), Chicken Feet (P100), Shrimp and Pork Wanton (P110)

Famous kitchen has a number of branches around the city, yet we feel like it doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Loyal patrons usually come crawling for Hong Kong-style roast dishes, but their FK dim sum will also keep you coming back for more.

10. Lam Tin Tea House

Lam Tin Tea House Dim Sum
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  • Address: Banawe St., Quezon City
  • Contact number: (02) 708 0989
  • Must orders: Lam Tin Fried Chicken (P420/whole), Lotus Siopao (P80), Pata Rice (P125)

Lam Tin Tea House is one of those unassuming Chinese restaurants that you could easily overlook. Don’t make that mistake. Food here is delicious and perfectly seasoned with just a little help from MSG. Another great thing about it? The most expensive item on the Dim sum section is just P100!

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