Published on March 11, 2017

It’s fun to go out for dim sum, choosing and picking from what seems to be an endless stream of bite-sized deliciousness coming out of the kitchen. But if you are up for a small challenge in your own four walls, having friends over for a Sunday dim sum can be rewarding ( prepare for “you made all this?!” compliments). You will learn a few new cooking techniques and it’s super entertaining —  without calculating the plates you have already consumed. And while, at first, a dim sum at home might sound intimidating, it’s actually easy to prepare and host. You don’t need to recreate the whole menu from your favorite dim sum place, 4-6 items are already enough. Click through to find some easy peasy recipes and tips on how to decorate for your dim sum party.  

Shrimp Dumplings

Har Gow, or shrimp dumplings, are the stars of every dim sum. At a restaurant, the person serving har gow is the one who gets the most exercise. Clearly, this dim sum staple is a must-have at your own party. The homemade dough comes together in under 15 minutes, and the filling can be prepared and chilled a day in advance. We suggest making a big batch of har gow; they will be gone in a flash.

Pork and Shrimp Shumai

Pork and shrimp Shumai is another dim sum star. These open-faced dumplings stuffed with pork and shrimp are almost addictive. The meaty filling can be jazzed up with fresh ginger, garlic, chives, or any other herbs you have on hand. Traditionally, shumai is filled with meat, but you can also opt for this easy vegan option

Serving Tip

Tear the pancakes apart, and serve them on a long cutting board or leave them in the cast iron to add a more rustic vibe to your dim sum. Caution: Make sure the cast iron is cool when placing on the table. 

Salmon and Egg Rice Wrapper Rolls

We don’t want dumplings to dominate the dim sum feast, and that’s where these heavenly, silky, creamy salmon and egg rice wrapper rolls come in. Often overlooked on the menu under their proper name “cheung fun”, these rice wrappers might become your new favorite. The soft filling melts in your mouth while the sweet soy sauce adds just a hint of tanginess. 

Chinese Scallion Pancakes

Crispy, golden scallion pancakes can be a brunch item on their own. Combine the flaky dough with scallions after only 30 minutes of resting at room temperature. Roll it out, fill it, wrap it up, roll again, and pan-fry them in a cast iron skillet for only five minutes.

Serving Tip

Tear the pancakes apart, and serve them on a long cutting board or leave them in the cast iron to add a more rustic vibe to your dim sum. Caution: Make sure the cast iron is cool when placing on the table. 

Steamed Broccoli

Let’s bring some veggies to the party with this classic Chinese broccoli (gai-lan) recipe. Stemming the green vegetable will take only a few minutes, and the traditional oyster sauce is super quick to make. If you are not a fan of the seafood taste, you can easily serve this dish with peanut or sweet-and-sour sauce.

“Crispy Skin” Stuffed Tofu

Tofu is not famous for its flavor, but this crispy skin tofu topped with shrimp will change your perception with one bite. It requires some deep-frying, but hey, it’s not a dim sum every day, right? The tofu squares are topped with shrimp paste, and the whole procedure takes less than 45 minutes.

Congee aka Savory Porridge

You can’t have a Chinese brunch without some congee, a savory rice porridge. Filling and comforting, congee can be topped with everything from vegetables to seeds to meat. To keep it simple, just add some scallions and soft boiled eggs.

Serving Tip

Pre-portion congee in small bowls (like these) and serve individually on a small tray.

Egg Tarts

Don’t forget dessert. To finish the dim sum feast in style, add egg tarts to your menu. The sweet filling in the crispy shell will seal the deal and make your guests happy. Egg tarts can even be made a week before and stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

Green Tea

Green tea is essential to dim sum. Brew a huge pot of loose green tea, and serve it in small cups dim sum style.


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