Love dim sum, but don't know what to order or how to order? Bring this app, find what you like, and tap the speaker icons to hear the dish pronounced in Cantonese using iOS text-to-speech (make sure the mute switch on your device isn't on!). And you can practice saying the Cantonese names using iOS speech recognition!

Dishes have links to more information on Wikipedia and recipes on Dim Sum Central, Dimsumptuous, and the Hong Kong Cookery.

Related Cantonese vocabulary and links to dim sum and Cantonese resources also provided.

Stay tuned as we'll be adding more dishes in updates. Missing your favorite dish? Just drop us a note in a review or visit us on Facebook at

Uses icons from Ionicons and the Chinese Colors package from Lin Xiangyu.

What's New

Version 2.0

Fixes here and there.
Added Pu'er tea.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

147 Ratings

147 Ratings

Just what I’ve always wanted


I’ve been enjoying dim sum for over 40 years, but the language barrier is still sometimes a problem. The pictures and sound in this app combine for a complete solution to getting the items I'm craving. Its simplicity and clarity are hard to beat.

I'm also impressed by the responsiveness of the developer. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote pointing out that if you don't speak Chinese, it can be hard to get something other than a restaurant's default tea. I suggested that adding various teas to the app would be really helpful, and now he's already started doing it!

When I began eating dim sum, it required a 90-minute bus and subway trip to Chinatown in lower Manhattan. Today, there's a big dim sum palace just four blocks from my home in Queens. The Talk Dim Sum app now has a permanent place on my iPad.

Developer Response

Thanks for the great review and the tea suggestion!

Great App, if you don’t need to actually need to hear pronunciation...


I wanted to give this app 5 stars, however the most important aspect in teaching a non-Chinese speaker, sound, is unavailable. I’ve been eating dim sum since I can remember. Naturally, I was stoked to find this app. My Mom is seasoned in pronunciation, so I was able to learn a few basics along with the English translation. Unfortunately, while the examples have sound bites, the sound is not working; you can see the app attempting at it though as it highlights your vocabulary word by phrase. I hope this assists in working out any bugs (iPhone 7 plus) because I really want to use this app-seems like it will be really helpful.

Developer Response

Thanks for the detailed report, it is useful to know the device you're using and that the Chinese characters are highlighting, indicating the iOS text-to-speech is actually happening. Occasionally I've seen the text-to-speech not work because of an apparent initial delay, or maybe touch-sensitive area of the button is too small. And it's possible network problems might impact the text-to-speech (it's definitely a factor in speech-to-text).

However, usually it turns out I accidentally had the iPhone mute switch toggled (on the left side of the phone just above the volume buttons), which has happened several times, and since you see the characters highlighting as if they're being spoken, indicating the text-to-speech is actually taking place, my suggestion for now is to check that.

And it's your discretion obviously, but you deducted three stars for that? There are a few other dim sum apps out there, and I think most of them don't have Cantonese text-to-speech, so that seems a bit of an overreaction to me, but nevertheless, I appreciate the review and detailed problem report, and I hope you still find the app useful!

What happened to the sound?


What happened to the sound?

Developer Response

The sound works for me. On which dish do you see the problem? One thing to watch out for is the hardware iPhone mute button (on the left side of the phone). Several times I've accidentally had that toggled and then wondered why I wasn't hearing any speech in the app.

In-App Purchases

Talk Dim Sum Pro

Save favorites and practice speaking!



Technicat, LLC
92.4 MB
Food & Drink
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2014 Technicat LLC
In-App Purchases
  1. Talk Dim Sum Pro $0.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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