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Published September 26th 2017
Fried dim sim waiting to be dipped in soy sauce (by fir0002 / GFDL 1.2)
Dim sum, the bite-sized portions of Chinese cuisine, is an Aussie favourite, with shrimp dumplings, spring rolls, pork buns and congee devoured daily across the country. Australia conquered Cantonese cooking when William Wing Young, an Aussie chef, fried the world's first dim sim in the 1940s.
Begin your search for the crispiest, tastiest dim sim in Sydney with these choices:
Open daily from 9am - 6pm for lunch or take away, Ho's variety of golden, crispy pockets of savoury goodness, packed with chicken or pork, cabbage, sesame oil and pepper, are only a few dollars each.
Fill your freezer with bulk buys, grabbing both dim sim flavours in frozen batches - 100 chicken dim sims are only 50c each. For the dim sim addict, grab bags of 240 at only 24c each for chicken and pork for 35c.
Hot tip for regulars - Ho's have a flair for frying spring rolls too.
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7 of Sydney's best dim sims (by Lachlan Hardy / BY 2.0)
Hong Ha - Botany Road, Mascot
Before reading further, save time and join the long line of hungry diners. The secret of the best dim sims, Vietnamese rolls and pork rolls in Sydney has been exposed by the constant queue trailing along Botany Rd.
Lunchgoers watch as chefs prepare Vietnamese rolls, using freshly baked baguettes packed with chicken, cucumber, lettuce and coriander, finished with the distinctive fire of fresh chilli.
The dim sims, glistening with homemade goodness, are quickly gobbled, still sizzling from the fryer, before another batch is dipped into the sizzling oil for the next customer.
Steamed dim sim goodness (by Maksym Kozlenko / BY-SA 4.0)
Best Taste Dim Sim - 11 Henley Rd, Homebush West. Phone (02) 8746 0498
Before you brave the long train ride from Flemington, grab a hot takeaway chicken or pork dim sim at Best Taste.
You can also prepare for home dinners with frozen bags of a dozen dim sims sold for only $7.50.
If visiting in the evenings, arrive before 6pm to avoid missing out on a takeaway of hot and crispy, authentic dim sims. If they sell out, don't despair - the pork buns and dumplings are almost as satisfying.
Sydney Best Dim Sim - Chinatown, West Ryde, Cabramatta, Campsie, Eastwood. Phone (02) 9807 1106
Sydney Best Dim Sim celebrates a decade of dim sim delivery in 2017, preparing the Cantonese delicacy for locals to enjoy restaurant-quality treats for home dining.
Takeaway and online orders are available from Chinatown, West Ryde, Cabramatta, Campsie, and Eastwood, with chicken or pork dim sims sold beside other treats, including Chao Zhou dumplings, spring rolls, barbecue pork buns and prawn Har Gow.
Piping hot takeway steamed chicken or pork dim sims are only 80c each, with cheaper choices for frozen buys, either in retail batches of 12 or wholesale of 50.