Dim Sum Restaurants in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico
Albuquerque - Downtown
Dim Sum Mon-Sat 11am-2pm Dim Sum Fri 5:30-8:30pm Sushi Mon-Fri 11am-2pm, Sat 12-2pm Sushi Mon-Sat 5:00-9:30pm Closed Sun (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio
Dim sum and sushi under the same roof? It's like a dream come true. The beautiful interior of this vintage filling station just East of the federal courthouse is a marked change from the cozy home interior near the university where AmerAsia used to reside. Hyangami Yi's food is just as good as ever. Expect her familiar dim sum plates and buns, and feel free to order sushi you've never had in this town from her brother Woo Youn. He's got all the usual sashimi and nigiri in his adjoining restaurant, but it's his original, creative rolls that really set Sumo apart—that, and the adorable little train that ferries your pickled ginger around the sushi bar.
Albuquerque - Nob Hill
Sun-Thu: 11am-9pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
On the streets of Asia, vendors often specialize in one dish handed down through generations, preparing quick meals for passersby like hot noodle bowls, exotic sandwiches and spicy skewered satays. StreetFood Asia is a hotbed of cultural diversity serving Vietnamese pho, Korean noodles, Japanese udon, and Malaysian and Chinese stir-fry. StreetFood Asia's menu offers a dizzying array of sauces, toppings, garnishes, meats, seafood and vegetables in dinner portions or small plates in the heart of Nob Hill. Exotic bar drinks and a long list of excellent sakes add sparkle to your meal.
Albuquerque - North Valley
7900 Carmel Ave. NE (North Valley)
Albuquerque NM 87122
Albuquerque NM 87122
Mon, Tue, Thu: 11am to 9pm, Fri-Sun 10:30am-9pm, Closed Wed (hours can change without notice)
So how is everything? Nothing short of extraordinary. Not only is it super-cheap (I did 4 orders for $20) but it is also gorgeous. I don’t typically recommend places based on the ability to Instagram it, but you can take some incredibly cool pictures of the food here, because it is all presented beautifully. On top of that, you have an immense variety to choose from, including a pretty big swathe of vegetarian offerings ranging from sweet to savory.
Albuquerque - Northeast Heights
6300 San Mateo Blvd NE Ste H1 (Northeast Heights)
Albuquerque NM 87101
Albuquerque NM 87101
Wed-Fri 11:30am-8pm Sat-Sun noon-8pm Closed Monday and Tuesday (hours can change without notice)
This small Taiwanese-owned eatery is full of surprises. The regular menu is a long and interesting read, full of familiar and unusual Taiwanese and Chinese dishes (tea-smoked duck, steamed fish with ginger and scallions, dim sum). If you ask questions about the food, you might get a history lesson from Elsa Fang, who handles the front of the restaurant while her husband, Hsia, does the cooking. And if you ask her to, she will translate the secret menu from Chinese. The seasonal vegetables and other vegetarian offerings are strong here, too. Try the goji berry soup with pollock and pickled mustard greens in a soothing, slightly sour broth.
1551 Eubank Blvd NE (Northeast Heights)
Albuquerque NM 87
Albuquerque NM 87
Mon,Wed,Thurs: 11am-2pm, 4:30-9:30pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm Sun: 11am-9pm Closed Tuesday (hours can change without notice)
Ming Dynasty serves dim sum that comes the closest to an authentic Chinatown experience as you're going to get in Albuquerque. Affable owner Mihn Tang has made it easy for uninitiated diners to partake in this Chinese meal with an organized dim sum menu—dishes are grouped by price and include individual pictures. There's chilled mango pudding and coconut cake from the $2.35 list. Add 30 more cents for spareribs, steamed barbecue pork buns, stewed chicken feet, baked barbecue pork pies and beef balls. There are stuffed bell peppers and deep-fried eggplant, both with shrimp paste, and scallop dumplings on the $3.35 menu. Or climb to the top of the heap with a $4.35 plate of ox stew, stir-fried Chinese broccoli and seafood salad rolls. You'll die happy.
Rio Rancho - Rio Rancho
Mon-Thu: 11pm to 9pm Fri-Sun: 11am to 10pm (hours can change without notice)
Starting with the more traditional stuff on the menu, the "traditional" ($5.25) is a rice paper wrap over rice noodles and a few shrimp. The shredded diakon, carrot, cucumber and lettuce add a sharp and earthy crunch, a moist and cool bite. There's a crispy fried wonton wrapper rolled tight, giving the spring roll a sturdy texture, and as far as a sauce for dipping, the traditional approach would be the luxurious peanut sauce or, of course, the fish sauce. They offer a brown rice paper wrap, which seemed both chewier while not holding the wrap together as well -- which seem mutually exclusive, but there you go. The pork sausage ($5.25), again with the same veggies and texture as the traditional, is surely the crowd pleaser, and easily stands up to any of the sauces on offer. If you want spice, go with the green chile or the sriracha-lime. Better still, add some green chile to the roll itself, as I found it to have both the down-home heat and flavor to please a local's palate! Choices are limited for the vegetarian and vegan out there, so I'd love to see Spring Rollin' hop on the Impossible (or something like it) train and offer a protein beyond just tofu ($5.25). Still, the fresh herbs and veggies, including cucumber noodles, will certainly make a roll or two! If you're lucky you might spy some additional ingredients not on the menu, so keep a sharp eye out. I managed to catch some grilled jalapeno slices, and they really delivered some extra fire!
Alibi recommends: Avoid overwhelm by staying "on menu" for your first trip; then go hog-wild on your second visit!
Vibe: A small but friendly industrial space with light and satisfying fare.