Dim Sum So Cute You Won’t Want to Eat it!

Dim Sum So Cute You Won't Want to Eat it!

I’ve talked about it before, but I’m a huge sucker for cute things. 

Over the two and a half years I’ve lived in Asia, I’ve accumulated so many useless things based on the sole fact that I thought they were cute. Cute cutlery, cute stuffed animals, cute figurines… who needs all this stuff?? (Well, apparently I do since I’m the one who bought it all).

While Japan may have a cute culture on a league of its own, Hong Kong certainly has its own fair share of cute factor.

Enter cute dim sumThat’s right– cute dim sum. While many places now offer specialty, or designer, dim sum featuring unique creations or fusion dishes, some places have taken it so far as to make their dim sum almost too cute to eat.

Here are 10 photos of the cutest dim sum creations I’ve encountered thus far!

Hong Kong Disneyland

Fried turnip cake, lo bak gou, is already one of my favorite dim sum dishes, and the Disney theme just made them appeal to me even more so

Hong Kong Disneyland

These lai wong bao, or custard buns, had a simple yet cute outline of Mickey branded onto them

Hong Kong Disneyland

As Johnny’s favorite Disney character we maybe had more fun playing with our food than eating it

Hong Kong Disneyland

Delicious mango pudding with fresh fruits Disney style

Hong Kong

Another things I’m a sucker for? Bunnies. These coconut-covered marshmallow bunnies with strawberry jam were the perfect dessert dim sum

Hong Kong

A slight modern take on these cute bee custard buns is that they are fried rather than steamed like the Mickey ones above

Hong Kong

Fried crab dumplings in the shape of cute, little crabs

Hong Kong

These pufferfish were filled with mango custard and fruits

Hong Kong

Adorable shark dumplings filled with imitation shark fin soup!

Hong Kong

Just look at that face! How could you want to eat this cute little shark?

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Have you ever been served food that was too cute to eat?

48 Comments

  • Goodness they look too cute to eat! But I bet they are just as delicious! My family and I dimsum every other week and we would love to find a place here in the US that does this…unless we save some funds for a trip to Japan! :)

    • Beth Williams says:

      Glad to know you guys dim sum often! Now that we’re back in the US we only go maybe once or twice a month :)

  • Natalie says:

    Yep you are correct, these look too cute to eat for sure! The kids would have a blast eating and trying these the fact of the different characters made, esp all the mickey mouse heads! These remind me of the creative moms who make the bento lunches for their kids.. I have no patience for anything like that.

    • Beth Williams says:

      Pretty sure I’d have died if I ate these as a kid! I’d love them too much.

      I love that bentos have made their way to the US. So much fun :)

  • This is my first time hearing of this dish. However, I have to admit that the food is super cute. I probably wouldn’t want to eat it just because it is so cute. Who could mess that up?

    • Beth Williams says:

      I know! I felt bad that they spend hours making them only for me to gobble up in a minute!

  • Oh my goodness that food is too cute to eat almost!!! I love Disney so this would be the perfect food for me to eat. I had no idea places like this existed with the food like this!

    • Beth Williams says:

      Well, if you ever find yourself at Disney in Hong Kong, you’ll know what to eat!

  • Kristen says:

    These totally remind me of all those Bento Boxes that some moms make for their kids lunches! ( I am not one of those moms, but I have a few cookie cutters that come out by request for a mickey peanut butter sandwich). These are too cute! The aliens from toy story are my favorite!

    • Beth Williams says:

      My husband has an obsession with the aliens as well, so of course those were his favorite! They do look like something out of a bento :)

  • Nancy says:

    I’m pretty sure any female would be such a sucker for cute things too. I’ve never eaten Dim Sum before, and I don’t even know what it would remotely taste like. I’m wondering if I’d like it? Those dim sum things disguised as BUNNIES are so freaking cute. Minus the beady red eyes hahahaha.

    • Beth Williams says:

      You’re living in the Bay area now right? Oh man, there are so many good dim sum places there! You need to go!

  • Oh my gosh, I wish my food looked this cute. I should put more thought into presentation. I bet I could get the kids to eat their broccoli if I could make it cute, lol. I’ve got a great board on Pinterest to share this on. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Krysta says:

    ERMYGOSH I LOVE CUSTARD BUNS! So delicious and these ones are ALMOST too cute to eat… but I still would! People can be so talented when creating dishes with themes and though cooking is an art form of its own, these people really turned it up a notch! How cute were those sharks? Thanks for the unique look!

  • I’ve seen a lot when we were still living in South Korea. They have pretty neat food that you want to eat but then you think, it’s so pretty to eat, lol.

  • Matt says:

    cute little foodie, very creative, kids would love the designs

  • I love dim sum…definitely my favorite dish while I was in China! Haven’t had anything too cute to eat yet though…that’s pretty much impossible! lol ;-)

    • Beth Williams says:

      Yeah, haha, even those didn’t end up being too cute to eat… almost… but not quite. They were certainly delicious though!

  • Oh, so cute! I guess the place that serve these don’t mind a little foodporn!

    • Beth Williams says:

      I hope not! Because I probably spent 10 minutes photographing all their dishes as they brought them out. Luckily no one thought anything about it since that’s quite the norm in Asia!

  • Charli says:

    Oh my! What little works of art! The little shark is slightly disturbing – I really can’t abide what is happening in the fishing industry to feed the desire for shark fin soup – but great to see it’s served with mock shark fin soup.

    The coconut bunnies are definitely my favorite!

    • Beth Williams says:

      A lot of places in Hong Kong now only serve mock shark fin soup made from mushrooms, which makes me happy.

      The bunnies are just too cute! They didn’t taste like much, but that didn’t seem to bother me.

  • So cute and so sweet! The choice is way too difficult! :)

  • Megan Claire says:

    Love this post! I would definitely spend more time playing with my food rather than eating it as well – sooo cute!!!

    • Beth Williams says:

      I think nowadays I spend more time photographing my food than eating it!

  • TravelDoIt says:

    It’s been far too long since I last sat down to a plate of dim sum, perhaps I should pop to the Chinese round the corner from the office tonight?

    • Beth Williams says:

      Dim sum is always a good idea! I’m going to miss it when I leave HK.

  • Franca says:

    I remember seeing some shaped as Hello Kitty too, the people that do them are very creative indeed! :)

    • Beth Williams says:

      I haven’t seen Hello Kitty ones yet, so I’ll have to keep watch for those! ;)

  • These are adorable!! I’m not sure I’d be able to eat them……..then again…….

    • Beth Williams says:

      I know! I felt so bad, especially because they look painstakingly difficult to make!

  • Lauren says:

    I love all things cute and have a small collection of cute toys and things from Japan, too :) These are just adorable and almost too cute to eat!!

  • They are all so adorable! I had something similar to the marshmallow bunnies in Japan. They were pink mallow with coconut but no flavoring inside. I was very sweet and without taste but oh so cute.

    • Beth Williams says:

      These didn’t have much flavor either, but I didn’t mind, I just wanted to get them to take photos because I love bunnies!

  • Awwww I love this! They are so cute!!! ^_^

    • Beth Williams says:

      I was so excited when I found out about them. I almost felt bad eating them since each one had to be made carefully by hand! So cute though :)

  • Amanda says:

    OMG the bee buns! And the shark dumplings!!! TOO CUTE!

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