Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Nom Wah Tea Parlor first opened at 13–15 Doyers Street in 1920 as a bakery and tea parlor. For most of the 20th century, Nom Wah served as neighborhood staple, offering fresh Chinese pastries, steamed buns, dim sum, and tea.

After it lost its lease at 15 Doyers in 1968, the restaurant moved into a brand new kitchen next door, occupying 11-13 Doyers Street ever since. Eventually, the restaurant became most famous for its almond cookie, lotus paste, and red bean filling, which is used for moon cake during the Chinese autumn festival.

The first known owners of Nom Wah Tea Parlor, the Choy family, date back to the the 1940s. It was then sold to Mr. Wally Tang in 1974. Wally has worked at the restaurant since 1950; he began working there at the age of 16, and by the time he turned 20, he was managing the restaurant. Nom Wah Tea Parlor hasn’t gone through many changes throughout the years. Its vintage looks, good food and great value has kept generations of families coming back. Throughout the years, numerous movies and TV shows have been shot at Nom Wah Tea Parlor. A few include Reversal of Fortune, Premium Rush, All Good Things, and “Law and Order.”

Nom Wah Tea Parlor, exterior


Dim sum

House special roast pork bun 3.75
Shrimp and snow pea leaf dumplings 4.95
Shrimp siu mai 4.95
Chicken siu mai 4.75
Pork siu mai 4.95
Shrimp dumplings 4.75
Vegetarian dumplings 4.25
Shanghainese soup dumplings 4.75
Chicken feet 4.25
Steamed spare ribs 4.25
Steamed bean curd skin roll 4.50

Dim sum

Sticky rice with Chinese sausage 5.75
Plain rice roll 3
Cilantro and scallion rice roll 3.5
Shrimp rice roll 4.75
Beef rice roll 4.25
Vegetarian rice roll 4.25
Rice roll with spare ribs 5.75
Rice roll with fried dough 5.25
House special pan-fried dumplings 4.5
Pan-fried dumplings 4.25
Pan-fried chicken and cabbage dumplings 4.75
Pan-fried shrimp and chive dumplings 4.5

Dim sum

Turnip cakes 4.5
Scallion pancakes 4.5
Original “OG” egg roll 7
Spring rolls 4.5
Fried shrimp balls 4.5
Fried crab claw 4.75
Shrimp and bacon rolls 4.75
Fried shrimp with bean curd skin 4.75
Stuffed eggplant 4.75

Chef’s specials

House special dumplings in soup 5.75
Minced beef dumplings in soup 5.75
Chicken and cabbage dumplings in soup 5.75
Turnip cake with XO sauce 10.5
Sale and pepper shrimp 12.5
Salt and pepper pork chops 12.5
Sweet and sour pork chops 12.5
Pan-fried noodle in superior soy sauce 11
Egg-fried rice 10.5
Shrimp and egg-fried rice 12.5
Chinese broccoli in oyster sauce 9
Chinese greens in oyster sauce 9


Fried sesame balls with lotus paste 4
Almond cookie 2
Steamed lotus buns 4.5
Steamed phoenix buns 4.5
Steamed red bean buns 4.5


Tie guanyin (iron buddha tea)
Shui Hisen (water fairy tea)
Shou mei
Long jing (dragon well tea)
Earl Grey

Tea is $1 per person; chrysanthemum is
$1.50 per person with purchase of dim sum

Premium teas

Anxi Tie Guanyin (Iron Goddess of Mercy) 7
Roasted Anxi Tie Guanyin 7
Oolong with Hydrangea 8


Soda 1.5
Coffee or tea with milk 1.5
Bruce Coast Ginger Ale 3
Iced tea 4

Looking for a PDF version of the menu? Download the food menu here and the drinks menu here.