Siew Mai (Chinese dumplings), pan-fried crispy prawn rolls and Kai Kiok (chicken feet) are the common mains that represent every good Dim Sum restaurant. But in my personal opinion, Dim Sum without pork is NOT really Dim Sum. (There, I said it!)

I am one of those Chinese folks from Brunei who (before the days of COVID-19) would drive across the border to Miri, Sarawak to have an early morning Dim Sum at the famous 2020 Cafe. (Oh! How I do miss those days!)

As the borders remain closed for non-essential travel, I’ve had no other choice but to satisfy my Dim Sum cravings at non-Halal eateries here in the Sultanate.

Here’s a roundup of some of my favourites:

#1. Phongmun Restaurant

Address: Teck Guan Plaza, No 56-60, 2nd Floor, Jalan Sultan, Bandar Seri Begawan

Overlooking the picturesque Kampong Ayer, Phongmum Restaurant is by far one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in Brunei. No visit to Bandar Seri Begawan would be complete without having Dim Sum here. Be sure to snap photos of the interior of the restaurant, as the ambience is pretty old-school and traditional.

#2. Hua Hua Restaurant


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Address: B-1, Urairah Complex, Simpang 88, Kiulap.

Located at the same block as Wu Chun’s Bake Culture Bakery and Pizza Hut in Kiulap, Hua Hua Restaurant is renowned for its wide variety of Dim Sum. This too is one of the old-school Chinese restaurants from back in the day. Be sure to try their claypot rice dishes too!

#3. Cafe De Paris


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Address: No 1, Ground Floor, Bangunan Hj Tahir 2, Sungai Menglait, Gadong.

It’s not exactly Paris but I’m always thrilled to dine here. Located along the same block as Micronet International College and TK Tea House in Gadong, this popular Chinese restaurant is known for its Chai Kueh (steamed vegetable dumplings) and Wu Gok (taro dumplings).

#4. Fu Chow Restaurant


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Address: Unit 16 & 17 Ground Floor Bangunan Hj Awg Matussin, Kiulap.

As the name suggests, this restaurant specialises in Fu Chow cuisine. Located at the same block as Guardian in Kiulap, they are famous for their Kong Pia (meat buns). 


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#5. Big Mama’s


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Address: No 26, Ground Floor, Block B, Simpang 88, Kampong Kiulap. 

Big Mama’s Restaurant is your typical old-school Chinese Kopitiam. Its Kiulap branch, which is located just beside the Pet Link Pet Store, closes at 4 in the morning. 

On the other hand, its Menglait branch, which is facing the Co.Living Hostel, operates 24 hours a day. Big Mama’s is indeed a great place to go to if you’re one of those who crave for Dim Sum at odd times of the day!

What’s Neue with you

Do tell us what your go-to Dim Sum restaurant is in the comments below. (Bonus question: What are your thoughts about eating chicken feet?)

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