Dim sum in Phnom Penh

What we say: 3.5 stars

Dim sum is the Chinese version of tapas — small plates of steamed dumplings and other tasty treats that were originally meant to be accompaniments to drinking tea and are perfect for sharing with a group. Whether you’re just learning about dim sum or are an aficionado, there are many options for dim sum in Phnom Penh.

You dim sum and you lose some in Phnom Penh.

Yi Sang at the Almond Hotel
The most widely recommended dim sum joint in Phnom Penh, Yi Sang at the Almond Hotel, has consistently good dim sum and is worth a Sunday morning visit. My dim-sum-expert friend Shirley Fong says that her favourites at the Almond Hotel are: steamed shrimp dumplings (?? ha gaau), steamed shrimp dumpling with chive leaf (? ?? gow choi gaau), deep fried taro with pork (?? wu gok) and steamed rice roll with shrimp (?? cheong fun). “The cheong fun at Almond Hotel is the best I’ve had in Phnom Penh,” Shirley told me, then added a little hopefully, “so far!”
128F Sothearos Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 220 822

Sam Doo
Sam Doo serves dim sum until 2am, making it a popular spot for drunks and Cantonese-speakers with jet lag. Some of their dim sum dishes are very good such as the steamed pork ribs with black bean sauce. Others are just okay, but still a good choice to beat a hangover.
56-58 Street 128, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 218 773

Emperors of China
Emperors of China serve 36 types of dim sum, all priced at $2.30 each. Their chef hails from Hong Kong, the undisputed epicentre of dim sum excellence. Said by many to be the best dim sum in Phnom Penh.
No.19 St.163, Phnom Penh
T: (097) 92 92 699 (Chinese); (097) 222 1688 (Khmer); (012) 780 667 (English)

Every Sunday between 11:00 and 15:00, Nagaworld offers a dim sum brunch where they serve more than 50 types of dim sum. It’s all-you-can-eat for $15 per person. The ambiance is unparallelled but the dim sum leave something to be desired — and as a friend derisively told me, “They don’t even speak Cantonese there, only Mandarin.” That said, they are very willing to work around all sorts of dietary restrictions so it’s a good choice for picky eaters.
Hun Sen Park, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 228 822

D.M. Dim Sum Restaurant
I haven’t been here yet, but local radio star and serious foodie Radioactive Anne says that it’s delicious, particularly the xiao long bao (???).
3 Street 286, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 654 6777

About the author
Previously, Lina has been based in Oakland, California, New York City, Dublin and London. Lina spends most of her time thinking about food, travel and synthpop. She's currently based in Siem Reap.
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