Tucson’s Go Dim Sum offers dim sum daily

Dim sum has historically been relegated to weekend brunch


Located at 3504 E. Grant Road in Tucson, Go Dim Sum will celebrate its first anniversary this summer. (Payton Rutkowski, El Inde Arizona)

Dim sum, the often lively Chinese tradition of eating small plates of small dishes like dumplings usually at weekend brunch with friends and family, are now portable thanks to Tucson restaurateur Jo Jo Chan.

Chan said she was about to open the second location of her popular Noodleholics restaurant in Oro Valley in 2021 when the concept of dim sum to-go hit her.

Last year, she launched Go Dim Sum at 3504 E. Grant Road, near her flagship Noodleholics in the Grant Plaza

“I wanted to bring everyday dim sum,” Chan said, referencing the traditional role of dim sum being a weekend brunch fare.

Go Dim Sum offers traditional dim sum dishes such as dumplings, bao, sesame balls and more. The full menu can be found at godimsum.com/menu. (Payton Rutkowski, El Inde Arizona)

Go Dim Sum offers dim sum daily. 

“I always love to bring a variety of Asian cuisine to the Tucson locals,” Chan said.

The 44-year-old mother of two came to Tucson in 2001 from Macau, China, and attended the University of Arizona. Chan started her Tucson restaurant career with the Jun Dynasty in 2013.

“Once I started the Jun Dynasty I personally learned a lot when it came to the restaurant business,” she said. 

Go Dim Sum is her third restaurant concept in Tucson, behind Jun Dynasty, 2933 E. Grant Road and Noodleholics, which she launched in 2018 in the Grant Plaza at 3502 E. Grant Road. She opened the second location at 7850 N. Oracle Road in 2021. 

“Go Dim Sum was a quick decision. Nowadays no one has time, so I thought, ‘why not try Go Dim Sum,’” she said. “I love the Tucson locals. I appreciate the customers and I want to bring them something exciting.”

The restaurant is open every day except for Mondays, and its menu can be found at godimsum.com/menu. Find Go Dim Sum on Instagram @godimsumaz.

Chan said 10% of Go Dim Sum’s profits will be donated to Tucson charities.

*El Inde Arizona is a news service of the University of Arizona School of Journalism.

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