[Hong Kong] Once upon a time, One Dim Sum 一點心 was a small, low-key dim sum joint in Prince Edward. That was before it earned its Michelin star in 2011 and 2012.

Though it didn’t manage to retain the star, it remains packed with tourists and regulars who return again and again for its traditional dim sum.

A queue of loyal locals and hungry tourists is a common sight.

It is located on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong, at Price Edward close to Mongkok.

Here’s the best part: the prices are ridiculously reasonable for dim sum this good. Happiness to some people is enjoy Michelin-quality food for such a small price.

The total bill turned out to be less than HKD150 for the 3 of us. That works out to be about SGD8 per person (less than USD7)!

Known for their affordable quality dishes, One Dim Sum offers a variety of specialties from Chinese dim sum to steamed dumplings and rolls.

It is not surprising One Dim Sum is often compared to Tim Ho Wan – the other inexpensive Michelin starred dim sum eatery. Some online reviewers feel One Dim Sum trumps
Tim Ho Wan, or is at least a good alternative.

One Dim Sum is a small outlet, enough to sit about 30 diners. It has a lively local vibe, and not one of those “touristy” type of eateries.

The guy told us that the wait would be about 30 minutes. He was not quite right. It took an hour. (Though I had friends telling me 2 hours during the weekends is NOT uncommon.)

As soon as you are seated, you will be given some tea, on-the-house, and 3 kinds of dipping sauces: soy sauce, vinegar, and chili sauce.

Service is known to be welcoming and the staff are accommodating even to non-Cantonese speakers. To some people who are familiar with the typical Hong Kong service in rowdy joints, they find One Dim Sum a refreshing change.

Nothing fancy here. The place is clean. Exposed ceiling. Wall fans for added ventilation. Paper placemats that double as the menu. Each item has a number to help you identify it in the order sheet.

To order, just fill out a form, then hand to the server.

If you don’t speak/read Chinese, there are food photos you can look at and refer to. Use them when deciding what to order. Here’s a tip: look at what the locals are ordering. You can’t go wrong with that!

The entire menu is classified into crispy dim sum, steamed vermicelli roll, buns, steamed dumplings, desserts, congees, vegetables, steamed rice, and Chinese dim sum. Lots of vegetarian options here.

Recommended ones are Steamed Minced Beef Ball (HKD18, SGD3.00), Steamed Dumpling in Chiu Chow Style (HKD16, SGD2.67), Steamed Shrimp Dumplings (HKD27, SGD4.50), and Steamed Vermicelli Roll with Deep Fried Flour Rolls (HKD21, SGD3.50).

The Barbecued Pork Buns (HKD16, SGD2.67 for 3 pieces) are also must-tries – pillow-fluffy buns with moist fillings. Tip: If you are a non-pork eater, order the chicken version, which is not in the menu.

Prices start at HKD16 (SGD2.67), and the most expensive item is only HKD28 (SGD4.67) for the Sticky Rice & Pork Meat with Lotus Leaf. Nothing above HKD28 here! Chinese tea is HKD4 (SGD0.67) per person.

But, but, but… in terms of the quality of the dim sum, I won’t say there were any items that were screamed-out-loud delicious. Definitely better than the average, but lacking in the finesse.

With that said, I shouldn’t be expecting too much with this price. Though queuing is another problem.

One Dim Sum is relatively easy to find. Take the MTR and get off at Prince Edward station (Red Line). From Exit A, turn right and walk along Playing Field Road towards Tung Choi St. Turn left at Tung Choi St. and you’ll see the maroon-canopied store on the right side, almost at the corner. Should be about a 5-minute walk.

Note that the eatery does not accept reservation. Depending on what time you arrive, you may have to wait in line (or seated, as there are some seats outside) before you can get a seat. It is best to get there early (before it opens) or during odd times like 3pm.

Others get a table after only 10 minutes, even on a jam-packed day. Some would wait beyond the hour.

Solo diners, lucky you. You may easily get seats. But be prepared to share a table with others. Not recommended for large groups or more than a party of 4.

If you arrive and see a line, don’t forget to get a queue number BEFORE actually lining up.

One Dim Sum 一點心
G/F Shop 1 & 2, 15 Playing Field Road, Kenwood Mansion, Prince Edward, Hong Kong (Prince Edward MTR)
Tel: +852 2789 2280
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 12:30am (Mon – Fri); 10:00am – 12:30am (Sat – Sun)
Google Maps – One Dim Sum

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