Guide: Jakarta's Dim Sum Scene

September 21, 2015 Thalia Yanuar
Photo credit: Tim Ho Wan

Can’t get enough of this delicious Cantonese feast? Neither can we! As you can see by the first and second parts of our delicious dim sum saga, our love affair of baos, dumplings, and eggs tarts is never ending. This Chinese specialty is indeed a favourite of ours, so here we make our return with even more dim sum places to try in Jakarta.

Tim Ho Wan

Hailing all the way from Hong Kong, the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant has finally touched down in Jakarta! North Jakarta that is. Tim Ho Wan’s dim sum menu is straightforward but packed with flavour, and it’s no wonder patrons are flocking from all corners of Jakarta for a taste. We are addicted to their mind-blowingly good baked char siew baos tinged with a dash of sugar. Expect more than hour-long waits during the weekend, because yes, Tim Ho Wan is that good. Too lazy to make the drive over to PIK? Not to worry, as Tim Ho Wan will be making their Central Jakarta debut in Grand Indonesia very soon. Exciting times!
Tim Ho Wan. Ruko Crown Golf Blok D No. 8-10, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta. +62 21 2251 0206.

Taste Paradise

We’ve listed Taste Paradise as one of our top restaurants in the city, so it’s no secret that we love this opulent Chinese eatery. Their lavishly decked out dining room is filled with large round tables perfect for family gatherings, and there are even beautifully decorated private rooms for smaller parties. Dim sum is always excellent, and often given a luxurious twist, like their Siew Mai with Foie Gras sauce. A definite highlight for us would be their melt in your mouth mini egg tarts.
Taste Paradise. Plaza Indonesia South Gate 4th Floor #01, Jln. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28 – 30, Central Jakarta. +62 21 2992 3838.

Tim Ho Wan's famous BBQ pork bun. Photo credit: Tim Ho Wan
The bao hamper at Ling Ling. Photo credit: Ling Ling
Wagyu Beef Cheong Fan. Photo credit: Ling Ling
Dim sum tea platter. Photo credit: Ling Ling
Pao Pao. Photo credit: Pao Pao
Salted egg yolk bao. Photo credit: Pao Pao

Crystal Jade Palace

Hard to believe that it’s taken us to the third part of our dim sum guide to include Crystal Jade Palace. This veteran elegant dining spot remains a staple for epicureans in pursuit of top-notch dim sum in Jakarta. Crystal Jade Palace serves your usual line-up of dumplings, cheong fan, and baos done perfectly. Get there early on the weekends, or you’ll be waiting close to an hour for a table!
Crystal Jade Palace. Grand Indonesia Shopping Town East Mall. Jl. MH Thamrin No. 1, Central Jakarta. +62 2358 0768.

Ling Ling

A frenetic Chinatown dim sum joint this is not! Ling Ling is a quirky Chinese eatery with interiors of a gorgeously decorated tearoom. We adore Ling Ling for their whimsical ceramic plates and teapots, to their gorgeously thought out plating – this is dim sum for the Instagram generation if you will. But it’s not just the photo ready décor that keeps us coming back for more, their standard dim sum is delish, and we especially love their extensive Chinese tea selections and fusion desserts.
Ling Ling. The East, Ground Floor, Jln. Lingkar Mega Kuningan, Blok E3.2 Kav 1. Monday – Thursday: 11am to 12am, Friday & Saturday: 11am to 1am, Sunday: 11am to 12am.

Pao Pao

This one’s for the scenesters! Less family-style and more late-night hotspot, Pao Pao is a popular Senopati hangout that is famous for its expertly mixed Asian-inspired cocktails like their Zen Matcha and Lychee Kwaifeh Martini. Their dimsum platters serve your standard har gows, siu mays, and char siu baos, and are a great snack to munch on while sipping on your drinks. They also have a selection of absinthes for you liquor connoisseurs.
Pao Pao, Jl. Senopati Raya no. 16, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, phone +62-21/2751-0698. Hours Mon-Thurs 6pm-1am, Fri-Sat 6pm-3am, Sun 6pm-1am.

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