Ho Yun (Hong Kong) Tim Sum
A few chefs told me about this dim sum stall. And although I couldn’t confirm this with the owner – he and the lady manning the stall were not in a chatty mood – but the story is that he was a noted dim sum chef with a big restaurant more than a decade ago before he decided to just set up stall in Tampines.
The menu is simple and priced for the location. Nothing costs more than $4.
A lot of it is delicious. The pork and century egg congee is smooth and savoury, the siew mai is fragrant and juicy, and the cheong fun has a almost-creamy skin.
#01-80 419 F&B, 419 Tampines Street
The Dim Sum Place
This halal dim sum place has become a hot favourite with the Muslim community. There are usually long queues and for the Ramadan season, book ahead or forget about trying to snag a table.
But while it is halal, the dim sum is both tasty and authentically flavoured: the siew mai is especially successful at replicating the texture and flavour of the real deal.
Besides dim sum, there is also a range of excellent zichar and restaurant style offerings. ST Food editor Ong Sor Fern recommends the crispy rice in superior stock and aromatic garlic fried rice which also has a hint of truffle oil in it.
791 North Bridge Road
Legendary Hong Kong
“Legendary” seems to be a lofty name to call yourself, but the dim sum here is legendary. I’ve heard of people travelling from one end of the island to another just for a meal here.
Many dishes are very good, but the custard crust bun is the most memorable. This 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 – or yuan yang – completes the experience.
#03-80 Jurong Point 2 Shopping Center, 63 Jurong West Central 3, Provisional Unit
China Classic Restaurant
While the decor at China Classic Restaurant may be called fauxpulent, the menu is more traditional.
The roasts are the highlight here but the dim sum menu is worth checking out. My favourite is the fried yam ball. The version here is crispy, full flavoured and moist, and most importantly – it is not overly oily.
Here are some great dim sum deals from well-known restaurants, which means they will probably always be packed, so make your reservations early.
#01-41/42, Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Road
Crystal Jade Kitchen
Crystal Jade Kitchen launched a Weekday High-Tea Dim Sum Buffet ($24.80), available at all Crystal Jade Kitchen outlets, except the one at Zhongshan Park.
The buffet has a selection of favourites, such as Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun, Pig Trotters in Vinegar Stew and Deep Fried Yam Puff with Minced Meat.
This is valid till the end of June.
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar
Do not think that because Mitzo looks like a club, the food will not be good. The dim sum items are quite delicious actually.
The star is the barbecued pork, and you can order that together with the recently launched Dim Sum lunch set menu (from $28). The popular item is the escargot cheese puff, but also order the pan-fried pumpkin and yam cake, and the royal shrimp dumpling with black caviar.
Level 4 Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road
After upsetting fans by ending the very popular weekend dim sum buffet, Jade makes amends with a set menu (minimum four to dine, $48 each).
The set will have all the faves – Steamed Abalone Siew Mai, 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 you can also order from the a la carte menu.
1 Fullerton Square, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Text: The New Paper