When in Hawaii eat DIM SUM

DIM SUM =  bite size portions of Chinese delicacies served on little dishes

We eat DIM SUM at least once a month or more when possible.  My kids LOVE going for dim sum because its one of the rare opportunities they get to use their fingers to eat and the food is served immediately, they don’t have to wait.

Our very good Chinese friend introduced us to a place called Empress Restaurant in Chinatown.  It’s located on the 2nd floor of the Chinese Cultural Plaza in downtown Honolulu.  We went there on a Sunday morning at 9:30am, it was empty (it gets crowded after 11am). We were seated and these steaming carts full of dumplings and other intriguing Chinese delights rolled right up to our table and our kids started to point and pick out what they wanted to eat.  It’s truly a culinary experience, and they love it.  Here’s what they chose;

Baked Charsiu Bao
Empress Restaurant
Empress Restaurant
Shrimp Dumplings
Empress Restaurant
Deep Fried Shrimp
Empress Restaurant
Steamed Charsiu Bao
Empress Restaurant
Pork Dumplings
Empress Restaurant
Shrimp and Watercress Dumpling
Shrimp and Watercress Dumplings
Empress Restaurant

My son wasn’t too fond of the dumplings, he just stuck with the baked and steamed charsiu bao (baked sweet bread filled with a Cantonese style barbecue-pork).  Although he at least took a bite of everything, here’s some of his reactions;

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The best part about eating dim sum with the kids is they get to pick and chose what they want to eat. We make it a point that if they chose it, they have to try it – no negotiations on this. We also try to guess what ingredients are in the dumplings, just for fun.  We recommend these items also for kids;  taro puffs, shumai, cake noodle, look fun and sesame balls (dessert).

Dim Sum with cart service is served daily at Empress from 8AM-2PM.  We recommend you go early on a Sunday to avoid the crowds and get the best service.


100 North Beretania Street #304
Chinese Cultural Plaza
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817


Kid Friendly, Affordable, Fun

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