All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum at Hilton Manila

Hua Yuan is Manila's newest weekend destination for dim sum lovers

There are two good reasons to visit Hilton Manila during weekends. First, the hotel finally reopened for staycations, and second, Hua Yuan now offers yum cha. That's exactly what I did last weekend.

The All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum promotion features some of the well-loved Cantonese dim sum as well as a variety of Shanghainese dumplings expertly prepared by Hua Yuan's dim sum chef. This specially curated dim sum menu makes the Yum Cha at Hua Yuan very unique in Metro Manila.

The menu features 20 different fried and steamed dim sum options, plus a selection of soup, rice, and noodle dishes. Four choices of dessert are also included in the menu. In line with the hotel's health and safety protocols, dim sum items are individually portioned discouraging communal dining. You can of course order multiple servings of every item. Here are dim sum items I tried during my visit.

Steamed Shrimp Dumpling (Har Gao) - This classic Cantonese dumpling is made of plump shrimps generously packed in a dumpling pouch, and then steamed until the skin is translucent. Each piece can be eaten in one bite.

Steamed Pork Siu Mai with Fish Roe - This Cantonese-style steamed dumpling is made with ground pork and chopped shrimp wrapped in yellow dumpling skin and topped with green-colored fish roe. Once cooked, it must have a well-balanced chewiness.

Steamed Spareribs in Black Bean Sauce - Hua Yuan does this dish perfectly with the meat tender and comes off the bone.

Pan-fried Radish Cake with Hong Kong Sausage and Mushrooms - Cooked to golden perfection, the radish cake has a crispy golden-brown crust and a slightly savory taste coming from the sausage and mushroom.

Hong Kong Style Curry Fish Ball - This is one of the unique offerings at Hua Yuan, and my top favorite among the dim sum. The fish balls were plump and chewy. They are then steamed in a dish filled with an aromatic and flavor-rich curry sauce.

Pan-fried Spring Onion Pancake - Also known as scallion pancakes, these thin pancakes are popular in Northern China and is served as a side dish to accompany meaty dishes. I enjoyed this together with the Hong Kong Style Curry Fish Ball.

Steamed Charcoal Fish Siu Mai - This is another version of siu mai which is made with minced fish and wrapped in a charcoal dumpling wrapper. It is then topped with fish roe and steamed until cooked. This has a rich fish flavor and is best enjoyed with chili paste.

Pumpkin Glutinous Dumpling Filled with Fragrant Minced Beef - This is another unique offering at Hua Yuan. The wrapper is made with a mixture of rice flour and pureed pumpkin, and is then filled with minced beef, chopped peanuts, and aromatics.

Finally, for dessert, I had the Mango Sago Pomelo, the Baked Macao Egg Tart, and the Deep Fried Ube Buchi with Coconut. The buchi is definitely a must-try.

One visit is definitely not enough to try all the items on the menu. I will surely revisit Hua Yuan to try more items and I will post updates in this article.

The All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum lunch promo is available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11:00am to 2:00pm, for only ₱999++ per person. Prior reservation is recommended as the restaurant operates at a limited seating capacity.

Hua Yuan Brasserie Chinoise
Second Floor, Hilton Manila
1 Newport Blvd, Newport City, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Contact: +63-2-7239-7788
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