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The Ten Best Dim Sum Restaurants in Miami

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5. Talde
Bravo's Top Chef alum Dale Talde brings Brooklyn swagger to his newest outpost inside the Thompson Miami Beach, located at 4041 Collins Ave. Like its New York older brother, Talde Miami Beach boasts inventive Asian-American eats with dim sum standouts that include pretzel pork and chive dumplings ($8), served with spicy mustard dipping sauce, and Benton's bacon dumplings ($8), made with shrimp and kale and dipped in soy-chili vinegar. Here, hip-hop meets Asia. And we can dig it.

4.Canton Palace
What Canton Palace lacks in ambiance, it makes up for in budget-friendly Cantonese fare and quality service. If you find yourself way out west, head to this modestly sized eatery (7980 SW Eighth St.) with a big reputation for dynamite dim sum. The dim sum platter ($15.99), which can feed two, is the perfect option for diners who want to sample all the highlights, from fried shrimp balls to pan-fried pork dumplings. Still hungry? Splurge on the special canton steak ($19.99), a tender prime sirloin served on a sizzling platter with mixed sautéed vegetables.

3. Blackbrick
Just steps from chef-owner Richard Hales’ original Miami sensation, Sakaya Kitchen, this cutting-edge midtown joint with a funky façade is elevating Chinese eats to tastier heights. Blackbrick (3451 NE First Ave.) hooks you up with can’t-miss dishes such as Peking duck ($30), served alongside steamed bao buns and roti prata (fried pancake), and generously flavored General Tso’s Florida gator ($19). But it’s also Blackbrick’s delectable dim sum selections that are getting nods of approval. This includes the garlic, shrimp, and chive dumplings ($9) and the green tea roast duck dumplings ($11) — both unlike any other.

2. Hakkasan
Saturday and Sunday are the best days to indulge at this award-winning hotel eatery because of its weekend dim sum lunch. Located inside the Fontainebleau (4441 Collins Ave.), Hakkasan offers a refined prix fixe priced at $28 per person. Each guest is served a mouthwatering assortment of steamed and crisp dim sum, an entrée, a vegetable, and rice or noodles. For $10 less, you can get the steamed crystal Boston lobster dumplings ($18), creatively crafted by chef de cuisine Jian Heng Loo.

1. Kon Chau
Unlike most of the aforementioned restaurants, Kon Chau serves dim sum all day, every single day, at unbeatable prices. It might not look like much from the outside, but Kon Chau's chow speaks for itself. Bask in dim sum glory at this strip-mall spot (8376 Bird Rd.), just west of Tropical Park. You'll find favorites like scallop dumplings ($3.15), steamed roast duck bun ($3.95), beef rice noodle crepes ($3.75), and egg custard tarts ($3.15). Steamer baskets are piled high. Fried dishes are ready. Go hungry.

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Maureen Aimee Mariano is a freelance food writer for Miami New Times. She earned a bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Florida before making her way back to the 305, the city that first fueled her insatiable appetite.