Darwin Dimsum: from Hong Kong to Manila
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Darwin Dimsum: from Hong Kong to Manila

I always enjoy eating dim sum and I’m so happy to have come across a new dining spot in Makati that serves my favorite Chinese dishes – pork buns, siomai, shrimp hakaw, prawn dumplings and chicken feet. Darwin Dimsum Hong Kong Special is a hole-in-the-wall resto that is somewhat similar to the famous Tim Ho Wan Restaurant but it takes the hunger games a notch higher by offering too-cute-to-eat dishes. 🙂

Fill up your order here – Check the dish you want and write down the quantity in their checklist-type menu.


Here are the must-check goodies at Darwin’s Dimsum:


These panda vegetable buns (Php128) are filled with – YES, vegetables! They’re minced so I’m not so sure what kind of veggies are inside. 😀 Though they are not my favorite on the menu, they pass off as good appetizers plus how can you not resist ordering these picture perfect panda buns? 😀 😀 😀


My favorite out of all the dishes at Darwin’s Dimsum are these Hello Kitty hakaw (Php 168)! They’re not just adorable, these babies are juicy and the shrimp is tasty – a burst of happiness inside your mouth!


Cap off your meal at Darwin’s with these Hello Kitty custard buns (Php 148). This dessert is literally custard-filled buns. Ask the waiter to serve them after your main course to insure that the filling inside is warm.


Check out the other dishes that Darwin Dimsum offers.


Got a little crazy ordering so we ended up with eight (8) dishes good for three (3) people.

Special siomai

Darwin’s siomai is meaty with just a thin layer of wrapper. You can taste the pork and shrimp in every bite – definitely pure siomai goodness!  (Php 148)

Vermicelli roll with BBQ
This dish also has a thin wrapper that is strong enough to hold all the contents inside. The saltiness of the sauce compliments the sweet pork bbq in the roll. (Php 138)

Special asado buns
These mini siopao buns are a delicious treat! The bun is soft and the asado filling is a sweet and salty mix of chunky pork with a little bit of fat. (Php 108)

Chicken feet
Chicken feet are my all-time favorite dimsum! It may sound weird for some people, but to me it’s one of the best chicken parts! 🙂 The steamed chicken feet are drenched in a sweet and spicy sauce with black beans. Darwin’s version of chicken feet is tender with the meat and tendon falling right off the bones. (Php 118)

Century egg pork congee
Darwin’s congee is packed with a handful of ingredients such as century egg, tofu, pork, scallions and wanton strips. It lacks a little saltiness so I added some soy sauce to enhance the flavor. I wish that they serve this with pork floss to give more texture to the dish. (Php 148)


I had a delightful meal at Darwin’s Dimsum! No need to fly all the way to Hong Kong to sample these Hello Kitty treats and panda buns! Do you know of other way-too-cute-to-eat food around Manila? Would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below. 🙂


Darwin Dimsum Hong Kong Special
SM Jazz Mall, N. Garcia St., Makati City


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