The Ho Sum Bistro is located at one of the busiest intersections on the Balboa Peninsula, which makes it a popular pit stop to either dine in the cozy dining room or grab something to take out. It is an Asian restaurant that proudly uses fresh California ingredients. It is popular for its homemade dim sum, Chinese treats that are either steamed or fried. Some of the popular dim sum items are crispy shrimp with coconut, steamed shrimp and prawn dumplings. The dining room is slick and modern with an open kitchen to watch the chefs stir-frying in large metal woks or slicing on thick wooden blocks. Ho Sum also provides catering for large or small events.