Dim sum but that’s not all. Nestled in the basement of 1111 Bishop Street (Remington College) on the corner of Bishop and Hotel Street is a decent dim sum shop. The Dim Sum House is not in Chinatown but in the heart of downtown Honolulu.
The Dim Sum House serves affordable Hong Kong Style dim sum for $1.98 a basket. Items include pork hash (siu mai), shrimp dumpling (har gau), shrimp & chives dumpling, shrimp & spinach dumpling, shrimp half moon, bamboo rolls, black bean spareribs, char siu bau, seaweed roll, chicken mochi rice, po, deep fried shrimp, taro puff, mochi puff (gin-dway), and mini custard pie (dun-tart).
Depending on the time of day you go, the dim sum may not be hot but will still be tasty. The mini custard pie is one of the best and is often sold out. The crust is flaky and the filling not too sweet and smooth. I also like the pot stickers, dumplings, pork hash, and mochi puff (the pork one).
In addition to dim sum, you can also get an item with either rice or noodles for $3.95 for a mini and $4.95 for a regular. A plate with 2 items costs $5.50 and 3 items $6.25. Items may include capital style pork chops, pork with bitter melon, and ma-po tofu. Noodles (chow mein, chow fun, or cake), fried rice, won ton, saimin, and gau gee may also be ordered.
The Dim Sum House is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Party menus are available for $9.95 or $12.95 per person. Call 524-8328 to order items in advance.