Talk Dim Sum 4+

Your dim sum companion

Technicat, LLC

    • 4.8 • 334 Ratings
    • $1.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases



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 icon to hear the dish pronounced in Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin) using iOS text-to-speech.

I made this app after visiting Hong Kong and trying to crash course learn Cantonese in the food courts. The early focus was just on dim sum and Cantonese text-to-speech and my favorite restaurants, but has since expanded (based on user tips and requests and my own interests) to more broadly cover Chinese and Chinese-adjacent food (over five hundred dishes) and include features such as Mandarin (traditional and simplified), search (English and Chinese), saving favorites, AI camera recognition of dishes, speech-to-text pronunciation practice, over and over two thousand restaurants around the world (but they have to serve Cantonese dim sum, at least ha gow and siu mai, and I don't have a worldwide travel budget, so if I didn't list your favorite eateries, please let me know what they are!).


If you don't hear the Chinese speech

1) check the mute switch on your iPhone and make sure it isn't on.
2) text-to-speech for a particular voice sometimes seems to require an internet connect, at least on initial use (same with speech-to-text, the microphone practice button).
2) sometimes a device will have trouble accessing the text-to-speech voice (it's the Hong Kong Chinese voice used for Accessibility in Settings), so try turning your device off and on.

Tapping the speaker icon plays back the Chinese pronunciation at half speed to help you learn. Tap the microphone icon to bring up more options, including adjusting the playback speed, switching between Cantonese and Mandarin, and practicing speaking (the speed and language settings are also in Settings).

Aside from the default speed, the speech may sound not quite natural because the app does not play back recorded speech but instead uses iOS text-to-speech functionality, which utters one character (i.e. one syllable) at a time, which may not match how an entire compound word or phrase is normally pronounced (you can hear this effect when using Siri).

Talk Dim Sum is developed with:

The dim sum icon from Stock Image Folio on

The technicat logo designed by Dakota Snow.

Photos from many dim sum excursions.

Regional map images from Wikipedia (Creative Commons License from Wikimedia).

Swift open source packages: AlertToast, ImagePickerView, Qgrid, SQLite.swift, SwiftLog, SwiftUIPager, and SwiftyJSON.

What’s New

Version 5.1.6

Happy Chinese New Year! (It's in the Phrases screen - go to the Celebration section and scroll down)
Added pickled mustard greens with beef.
Added cake.
Added AI.
007 Chinese Food has moved from Buffalo, NY to Hamburg, NY.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
334 Ratings

334 Ratings

Markmtx ,

Totally awesome app

My husband is from Macau in Speak Cantonese. I’ve been self studying Cantonese for almost 30 years. I was always frustrated when going to the restaurants because the dishes don’t seem like anything from regular Cantonese. So this app is so fantastic. I downloaded this app several years ago when it only had something like 20 or 30 dim sum dishes. About three months ago I went back to the app and was shocked to see it has so many more dishes included. I have memorized all of the dishes in the entire app for Cantonese. I also study Mandarin on the side. And was wishing that this app had also Mandarin. Today I was thinking I bet you it has Mandarin somewhere. And I just found out how to turn it on. I was extremely excited. Love this app and it’s perfect for anybody studying Mandarin or Cantonese and wants toBe able to read the menu in the Chinese restaurant

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the nice review! This app is kind of like a language app disguised as a food app, I made it primarily to learn Cantonese (so I could order food in Hong Kong), but enough people find it useful I feel compelled to keep adding to it. Besides the additional dishes, a lot of the features are user requests too, like the Mandarin support you mention (and then I had to add simplified characters to be complete), the search feature, just let me know if you have more ideas!

Jophan ,

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!

YickyThings ,

Lovingly maintained

I became interested in dim sum before a trip to San Francisco. I wanted to try it but didn’t know the names of any dishes or what each was made of. I have severe dietary restrictions, so I can’t just take a chance on whatever looks good. The photos on the app are so inviting - so many things look delicious. The app served me well for a trip to Hong Kong a few months later. There are new updates constantly, giving the impression that is made by someone who really loves working on this app and adding to it all the time. Highly recommended!

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the great review! I do enjoy working on this app, but it's really the satisfied users like you who motivate me to keep it updated!

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