Hong Kong's best dim sum restaurants – Baskets of steaming dim sum. Fragrant tea. These conjure our favorite images of Hong Kong. Fook Lam Moon (pictured) is one of HK's best dim sum restaurants.
Best for dim sum virgins: Yan Toh Heen – If you're looking for a first dim sum experience, few rival InterContinental Hong Kong's Yan Toh Heen. This is its signature dumpling trio.
Exquisite tableware – Jade tableware is a star at Yan Toh Heen, which also offers a 270-degree Victoria Harbour view.
Best value: Tim Ho Wan – Helmed by former Lung King Heen chef Mak Kwai Pui, the line outside Tim Ho Wan got big long before it was awarded a Michelin star.
Most imitated dim sum – Tim Ho Wan's baked char siu (barbecued pork) bun is widely imitated but never matched.
Best VIP treatment: Fook Lam Moon – It's called the "canteen of the wealthy," but anyone can eat at Fook Lam Moon. The service is five-star-hotel-perfect without being robotic.
Dim sum in style: Mott 32 – This loft-style space looks nothing like a proper dim sum restaurant -- but we were sold as soon as the barbecued pork arrived.
Chili sauces – There are three styles of chili sauces at Mott 32. Yu kwen yick, an orange chili paste with a unique sour finish, is a Hong Kong favorite condiment.
Best vegetarian option: Pure Veggie House – Meat isn't missed at Pure Veggie House. The siu mai -- a refreshing blend of sticky rice and spinach -- is addictive.
Best after hours: San Hing – Located in Kennedy Town, San Hing technically opens at 3 a.m., but customers arrive earlier to secure seats. Its celeb-worthy lau sa bao (pictured) is a favorite.
Best cinematic backdrop: Luk Yu Teahouse – Luk Yu's service may be intimidating and its dim sum mediocre, but it should be tried at least once for its rare old school Hong Kong glamor.
Best way to get fat: Tai Wing Wah – Apart from dim sum classics such as har gau, or a bright yellow and Malay sponge cake, Tai Wing Wah serves a delicious rustic white rice mixed with lard and soy sauce.
Best sense of community: Lam Kee – Located in the Tai Po Hui Market's food court, Lam Kee is a great place to eavesdrop on your neighbors.
Unpretentiously posh: Lei Garden – Offering superbly executed Cantonese dim sum, Lei Garden stands out for its warm service.
Best rural experience: Choi Lung Restaurant – Choi Lung Restaurant is a three-story family-run teahouse partway up Hong Kong's highest peak, Tai Mo Shan.
Rustic dim sum – Choi Lung's bean curd sheet wraps are filled with chicken, taro and fish maw. The taro is lightly cooked with a crunchy outer layer, leaving the chicken tender and the fish maw perfectly juicy.