Meaning ‘touch the heart’ in Chinese, these perfectly portioned doughy buns can be steamed, baked, or fried and they’re personally one of my favorite foods. Portland is a great city to try Dim Sum as there are plenty of restaurants dotted all over the city serving the dish. From my many hours scouting out the best, from vegan and gluten-free to more classic dishes, here are my personal favorite spots to eat Dim Sum dumplings in Portland, Oregon…
Hong Kong Cafe is a local restaurant in Portland that features a variety of Asian cuisines to choose from.
With all the different options, I find there’s always something very tasty on the menu, whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a banquet feast. Every day, you can find people of all backgrounds at the HK Cafe in Portland.
Walk in, and you might find a father and son sharing a plate of noodles for lunch or a group of women gossiping over their bubble tea. Located in the Eastport Plaza shopping center, this cafe serves authentic Hong Kong dishes with an a la carte menu.
Convenient location in Eastport Plaza
A welcoming atmosphere and spacious area
Authentic Asian and Chinese Cuisine
Extensive Dim Sum selection
The parking area is small
Potential crowds during peak hours
The wait time is a little long
Jade Rabbit is a fantastic Chinese restaurant in Portland, Oregon that offers various vegan and gluten-free dim sum. The inside is quaint with a cool edge.
They provide restaurant seating and takeout options and offer rice noodles, and vegetarian dumplings, and I’d definitely suggest trying the ma po tofu which is seriously tasty.
Jade Rabbit’s other menu items include vegetarian stir fry with fresh vegetables, vegetarian potstickers, and vegetarian fried rice.
Quaint and swanky ambiance
Unique plant-based Dim Sum options
Offers a wide range of Chinese dishes
Offers gluten-free options
It may not appeal to meat lovers
Reservations are required at peak times
Portland is known for many things, including its emphasis on healthy living. Whether you live in Portland or are visiting, it can be hard to find good vegetarian options.
However, Kung Pow offers a great selection of vegetarian dishes. Kung Pow is a restaurant in downtown Portland with delicious vegetarian dishes like Cambodian “Crab” Cakes and the Vegan Fried Rice Bowl.
The chef ensures that no animal products are used in the dishes, so vegetarians will find something they like.
The Boke Bowl Chinese restaurant in Portland is a traditional Cantonese-style restaurant focusing on noodle dishes. The menu includes traditional and contemporary dishes, ranging from salads and steamed buns to famous Japanese ramen. I would definitely suggest trying their incredible steamed buns!
The dishes are served in an atmosphere reminiscent of old China, with dark tables and servers in white shirts. In this popular Portland restaurant, you can enjoy a traditional Chinese meal or order something more Americanized, such as their chicken dish.
The restaurant in SE Water Avenue is open to dine-in, curbside pickups, and takeaways.
Freshly made steamed buns
A unique fusion of Chinese and Japanese cuisine
A traditional and contemporary menu
Cool and funky casual vibe
Parking nearby is challenging
It can be noisy at peak times
This new vegan restaurant in Portland, Oregon, is expanding the food options for vegan and vegetarian consumers by serving delicious meals free of animal products.
The manager of this new restaurant has created a menu with many mouth-watering dishes, including some vegan versions of classic foods like chicken wings and cheeseburgers.
They’re locally sourcing ingredients to provide customers with fresh, organic ingredients. From their beautiful storefront location on 15th Avenue to their expansive menu, the restaurant has been drawing in droves of patrons ever since it first opened.
Sources fresh organic produce locally
Features vegan versions of classic dishes
Offers diverse and tasty plant-based dishes
Cool retro-chic decor
It is not for die-hard meat fans
The wait time can be extended at peak times
Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung is one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in the World. It was opened in 1972 by the Zhang family and has quickly gained popularity for its authentic Asian cuisine.
The menu includes dumplings, noodles, rice dishes, and appetizers. They have been known for their modern fusion cuisine and are renowned for their quality and consistency.
Din Tai Fung is an international chain restaurant with branches open worldwide. Its main headquarters are located in Taiwan.
The Portland branch on Washington Square Road offers dine-in and takeaway options.
Known globally for their delicious Xiao Long Bao
Offers a wide range of authentic Asian dishes
Fantastic high-food quality with a reputation to match
Some dishes are pricey
Some portions are small
East Harbor Restaurant
Located on the east side of Portland, Maine, East Harbor Restaurant is the perfect place to eat delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner seafood.
This is the spot if you’re looking for a special occasion Chinese restaurant with beautiful views. The restaurant has everything from steamed buns to rice noodles and fried rice.
The restaurant’s success can be attributed to its innovative menu, which features local, seasonal ingredients sourced from small farms and fisherman’s markets.
Their dedication to sustainability ensures that the future of this eatery will be just as prosperous as its past.
Stunning views for special occasions
Innovative menu with local ingredients
Authentic Chinese cuisine
Delicious variety of dim sum
Closed on Tuesdays
The flavor profile might not suit all
When you’re in Portland craving a different cuisine, there’s a place to satisfy your cravings. XLB Chinese Restaurant is an Asian restaurant that offers delicious Chinese cuisine. They have something for every taste, from BBQ pork buns to drunken chicken.
The restaurant is known for its exquisite building and delicious food. To make the location more appealing, they installed glass windows to allow customers to see inside as they walked by.
XLB is located on William’s Avenue and opens daily at 11 AM. The place also serves wine and beer alongside Chinese soup and dumplings.
Convenient location on William's Avenue
Also offers wine and beer
Provides a diverse range of Chinese dishes
Have to order at the counter
Chen’s Good Taste
Chen’s Good Taste is a popular Chinese restaurant in downtown Portland. They specialize in Beijing-style cooking and serve up the most authentic cuisine around.
Their traditional dishes have garnered praise from diners with diverse palates. Chen’s Good Taste is famous for its dumplings, which are served every day.
But they also have other items on their menu, including fried rice, lacquered beef, eggplant salad, sesame pancakes, and more. The restaurant has been voted one of the best Thai restaurants in the area because of its delicious dishes and pleasant atmosphere.
Chen’s opened its doors for business in 2010 and has quickly become a popular spot for families, travellers, and locals alike to come together to eat well.
The interiors are very casual
The seating is compact
Walk into a Master Kong restaurant in Portland, and you’ll first notice the delicious aromas of Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine.
This unassuming eatery offers some of the best Chinese food in town, and it’s no wonder it’s a local favourite. From noodles to yummy dumplings, there’s something for everyone at Master Kong.
The atmosphere is cosy and charming, and the food is delicious. So, if you’re looking for a fantastic meal without breaking the bank, check out this hidden gem.
Cozy and charming atmosphere
Generous portions at a reasonable price
Authentic cuisine and a wide variety of dishes
The seating capacity is small
Outdoor seating is subject to the weather
Good World | Chinese Restaurant
Good World is one of the latest arrivals on the Portland Chinese food scene, and it’s quickly winning over fans with its traditional flavours and affordable prices.
The restaurant offers various dishes, from classic favourites to more modern options. The atmosphere is cosy and inviting – perfect for a casual dinner with friends or family.
The excellent dim sum restaurant is in Parkrose Plaza on 122nd Avenue in Portland. The specialities of the Good World restaurant include Cantonese dishes and Mandarin dishes that every person, whether Asian or not, loves to eat.
Authentic Cantonese and Mandarin cuisine
A cozy and inviting atmosphere
Ideal place for hanging out with friends
Convenient location in Parkrose Plaza
The restaurant lacks a vibe
Lacks fine dining elements
Closed on Tuesdays
Located in downtown Portland, Bao Bao offers a variety of dumplings and other Chinese delicacies that will wow any guest. The chef has been featured on Food Network for his dumplings, which have become so popular.
His creative dishes have brought in longstanding regulars and newcomers who can’t resist trying a new, innovative dish. This eclectic eatery is a gem among its many competitors.
If you’re looking for a quick bite or a more leisurely dinner, you’ll find something on the menu for everyone. The restaurant is in Central Eastside Lofts at 545 NE Couch St in Portland.
The parking spaces are compact
The wait time can be long
A local favourite is in the heart of Portland, Oregon, Dragonwell Bistro. One that has been drawing customers for over 20 years with its famous Shanghai Dumplings and Lighthouse Soup.
It is one of the few places in town that still serves dim sum, a Chinese style of food, typically breakfast or lunch.
Customers can choose from many dumplings, buns, noodles, and rice dishes. They serve traditional Chinese dishes with an emphasis on Sichuan cuisine.
The food is made fresh daily with ingredients sourced from local farms and markets. You can walk in or call for reservations.
Fresh and locally sourced ingredients
Famous for the Shanghai Dumplings
Serving traditional dim sum
Closes early at 8 pm
Closed on Sundays
Thiên Hoàng has been a Vietnamese and Chinese restaurant in the Portland area for the past 20 years. It has become a favourite not only among Asians but also among other people who love Asian food.
The restaurant’s menu offers many popular dishes, such as vermicelli bowls, pad Thai, and curry dishes.
Located on Powell Street, this family-owned restaurant is only two blocks from the Lloyd District, making it very convenient for those living or working nearby.
With a full menu containing traditional Vietnamese dishes and Chinese favourites, there are plenty of dim sum options.
Authentic Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine
Convenient location near Lloyd District
Inviting homely dining experience
The wait time can be long
The food is relatively expensive
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Scott Balaam – writer and photographer
Scott started his travelling life back in 1999, when he headed off on a solo jaunt to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia with just a backpack, a camera and a spirit for adventure. After that, the travel bug bit hard and now he is always seeking to head off somewhere new. Over the years he has lived in Italy, Qatar, Australia, Ireland, UK and the USA but his spiritual home will always be Rome as this is the city which most satisfies his unrelenting thirst for culture, good food and great football. In his spare time Scott loves nothing better than to be behind the camera and also runs his own blog and Instagram page. He also counts Melbourne, the rest of Italy, Amsterdam, USA, Athens, Cape Town and Tel Aviv among his favourite places. Find Scott on Linkedin, Instagram, or Twitter.