Dim Sum: Common, traditional but oh-so-delicious.
Yes, these small plates of nosh (fried, steamed, doused in sauce, etc.) may have originated from Guangzhou, China, the best variations of which are found in Hong Kong and Kuala Lampur. But there is no lack of good – and affordably priced – Dim Sum choices to be found here in SG. From a humble food stall to modern restaurants, here are 7 spots where you can head to for your fix of this Singaporean comfort food.
(image: Ho Yun Tim Sum)
The word on the street’s that the owner of this stall is supposedly a noted dim sum chef with a big restaurant more than a decade ago before he decided to set up a stall in Tampines. What ever the truth is, the menu here is simple and is priced accordingly for its heartland location – nothing costs more than $4. To try: the smooth and savoury pork and century egg congee or porridge; fragrant and juicy siew mai (meat dumplings) and the creamy-skinned cheong fun (Chinese rice roll).
Blk 419, Tampines St 41, #01-80, 419 F&B, 520419
(image: The Dim Sum Place)
A hot favourite with the Muslim community – it offers dim sum that’s halal (as prescribed by Muslim law) – there are usually long queues and for the Ramadan (Muslim month of fasting) season, so book ahead or forget about trying to snag a table.
The dim sum here is both tasty and authentically flavoured: the Chinese dish siew mai ($3.90 for 3 pieces) – won ton meat dumplings that are usually made of pork which is a no-no for Muslims – is especially successful at replicating the texture and flavour of the real deal. Besides dim sum, there is also a range of excellent zi char (cooked and fried home-styled fare) and restaurant style offerings. Recos: Crispy Rice in Superior Stock ($25.90) and Aromatic Garlic Egg Fried Rice that has a hint of truffle oil in it ($8.90).
Blk 791, North Bridge Rd, 198759
(image: Legendary Hong Kong)
“Legendary” seems to be a lofty name but Singaporeans have reportedly travelled from one end of the island to this restaurant just for a meal. Of the many dishes (all good, by the way), the Custard Crust Bun (from $2.50) is the most memorable. It comes with a variety of toppings, from a slab of butter to luncheon meat and a fried egg. The heavenly glass of iced Hong Kong Style Tea and Coffee Mix (from $2.50), or yuan yang, completes the experience.
63 Jurong West Central 3, Jurong Point 2 Shopping Centre, #03-80, 648331
(image: China Classic Restaurant)
While the decor at Singapore’s “Best Cantonese Restaurant in Chinatown” (their words) may look semi-opulent, the menu is traditional. The roasts may be the highlight here, but the dim sum menu is worth checking out. A must-try is the Fried Yam Ball (price upon request) – it’s crispy, full flavoured, moist, and not overly oily.
133 New Bridge Rd, Chinatown Point, #01-41/42, 059413
(image: Crystal Jade Kitchen)
Love the dim sum from this popular Singapore-based resto chain? Well, you’re in luck – you can eat all the dim sum to your heart’s desires. The chain restaurant has regular promotions that you should totallyhere take advantage of to satisfy your dim sum cravings. More .
(image: Mitzo Restaurant & Bar)
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar may look like a club, but it serves up contemporary takes on delicious Cantonese dim sum and not club bites. Check out its new executive set lunch specially curated by Executive Chef Nicky Ng. The five-course executive set lunch is priced at S$48++ per person, with a minimum of two to dine, and is available on Mondays to Fridays from 12pm to 2.30pm, except on Public Holidays.
Start with a choice of two Steamed, Baked or Fried Dim Sum from Chef Nicky’s hand-picked selections in a mix-and-match style. The Dim Sums available include exquisite choices such as the Royal Shrimp Dumpling with Caviar, Barbequed Pork in Charcoal Bun, Escargot Cheese Puff or Deep-fried Shrimp, Crab Meat Dumpling, and more.
This executive set lunch is perfect for business lunches, or those looking for a retreat from the bustling Orchard Road.
270 Orchard Rd, Grand Park Orchard, Level 4, 238857
After upsetting fans by ending its very in-demand weekend dim sum buffet, Jade makes amends with a set menu (minimum four to dine, $48 each). Jade’s Dim Sum Treasures set will have all the faves – Steamed Abalone Siew Mai (meat dumplings), Pan-fried Spiced Chilli Crab Meat Bun, Deep-fried Taro stuffed with Wild Mushrooms and Truffles, Golden-fried Lobster Dumpling, Roasted Honey-glazed Iberico Pork, and more. If the surfeit of food is not enough, you can also order from the a la carte menu, which includes Master Chef’s Specialty dishes such as Deep-fried Prawns with Wasabi Mayonnaise ($14 per person) and Simmered Egg Noodles with Boston Lobster and X.O. Chilli Sauce ($39 per person).
1 Fullerton Square, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 049178
By Yeoh Wee Teck; This article first appeared on The Straits Times, June 3, 2018 / Updated October 2019
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