For some reason a lot of you want to know where to find good Chinese food in Dubai, and lucky for you, Dubai has a great selection of Chinese restaurants. Dim sum, hot pot or just a nice noodle dish? You’ll find it all in Dubai, and on my list below. The restaurants I’ve picked aren’t the cheapest in town, but they aren’t ridiculously expensive either, and 100-150 AED will go a long way.
None of the places mentioned below serve alcohol and pork, which requires a special license in Dubai.
Xiao Wei Yang (Little Lamb)
I love this little JBR hot pot spot, and even though not all of my Chinese friends agree, I think their hot pot is great. There’s a big sauce buffet for your hot pot catch and for 3 AED (or is it 5AED?) you can pick and mix as you like. My favorite is a blend of sesame sauce, garlic, cilantro and a dash of oyster sauce.
You can choose between non-spicy soup or spicy soup for the hot pot. While the non-spicy soup doesn’t taste of anything, the spicy soup is burning hot, so I usually go for one of the combos that include both kind of soups, so I can alternate between the two. The set menus start at 100 AED and they are meant for sharing, so grab a friend or 4 and get ready for a night of hot pot fun.
Best for: Hot pot
Xiao Wei Yang, Opposite Royal Meridien, JBR, Dubai, Tel: +971-(0)4 4214650
Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung is located inside Mall of the Emirates, and there’s always a wait for a table (sometimes more than an hour), because nobody does xiao long bao (soup dumplings) better than Din Tai Fung. At least not in Dubai. Order the Spicy Cucumber if you want something to munch on while waiting for your dumplings. It’s usually served immediately, and it’s tasty. The spicy wonton at Din Tai Fung is also a good choice and so are the noodle dishes, especially the Dan Dan Noodles in Spicy Sesame Peanut Sauce. Please note that Din Tai Fung in Dubai doesn’t serve pork. Their dumplings are made with chicken instead, so if you’ve tried Din Tai Fung at other locations, you’ll probably notice the difference.
Best for: Xiao long bao, spicy wonton
Din Tai Fung, Level 2, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, Tel: +971 (0)4 2651288
Taipei Dao is probably best known for dim sum and an impressive selection of tea, but the noodle dishes are also top notch. The restaurant is tucked away in a residential area in Downtown Dubai, so it’s easy to miss. Furthermore, it’s too far to walk from any metro station, so you’ll need to take a taxi, if you don’t have a car. Though I think most of you would agree that it’s worth all the trouble because Taipei Dao is one of the coziest and most authentic Chinese restaurants in Dubai.
Best for: Dim sum, bubble tea, noodles
Taipei Dao, Southridge Tower 4, Downtown Dubai, Tel: +971 (0)4 4510694
Long Teng just popped up on my radar a couple of months back, so it’s still a fairly new acquaintance. The menu is extensive and feels very Din Tai Fung, but stay away from the soup dumplings, as they are rather disappointing compared to the Din Tai Fung ones. Instead, order a double portion of their Steamed Prawn with Red Rice Cheung Feung. They will blow you away! And round off your meal with the cute Egg Yolk Buns that look like little angry birds. The interior feels very upscale, so you might want to leave your flip flops at home, but the prices are surprisingly reasonable (about the same as Din Tai Fung). Long Teng is even more off the beaten track than Taipei Dao, but it is such a nice place, and I can’t wait to go back.
Best for: Dim sum
Long Teng, U Bora Towers ground floor, Business Bay, Dubai, Tel: +971-(0)4-248 1993