"Gourmandism is an act of judgement, by which we prefer things which have a pleasant taste to those which lack this quality." – Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Dim Sum

Lao Beijing

Cousin and I wanted to visit Lokkee but it was closed for a company event. Disappointed, we walked into Lao Beijing. It was a small restaurant but was comfortable as we got a big table with just the two of us. The crowd at Plaza Singapura was not normal. Probably because of the school holidays, people are all out travelling.

It was small bowl of seafood soup that was not worth this $8. The seafood consisted of a piece of squid, fish, prawn and half a slice of scallop. The soup was not spicy nor sour.


Hot and Sour Seafood Soup $8

This wanton in vinegarette was good. A whole prawn was wrapped inside with fungus that gave it an additional crunch. But it wasn’t spicy or sour.


Wanton in Vinegar Chilli $8

This sliced fish was the most value for money as it was not some cheap dory fish. The pepper taste was not very significant. It was more garlicky that being pepperish.


Salt and Pepper Deep-Fried Fish Fillet $10

We ordered this beef brisket requesting for it to be more spicy and numbing. However the waitress said the soup had already been prepared and there was no way they could alter it. When this bowl of noodles was served, the first thing I did was to drink the soup. The first thing I told my cousin, “How come it isn’t spicy or numbing? Did they give us the braised version instead?” Cousin asked the waitress and the waitress said it was correct. There was a layer of oil which the braised version would not have. It took four or five sips of soup before I could taste that faint tint of spiciness. It was not numbing at all. On a good note, the beef was tender and noodles were al dente.


Beef Brisket Noodle $11.80

Fried rice was cousin’s favourite food. It was quite ok but it was supposed to be XO sauce right? I couldn’t taste any of it. However I was quite glad I could bite some small cubes of prawns.


Fried Rice in XO Sauce $14

This was the worst custard buns I’ve ever eaten. The custard didn’t flow and it was a solid mash of salty custard. The skin was dry and a tad too hard. Cousin said maybe it was not meant to flow. Lol!


Creamy Custard Bun $5

Although food was palatable, they didn’t taste like what they should have been. Food was under-seasoned and didn’t taste anything like Beijing. Please level up, up, UP, the spices!!! We don’t want to eat kids’ food! Paradise Dynasty does a MUCH better job.

Prices exclude 7% GST and 10% service charges.

Restaurant: Lao Beijing
Address: 68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura, #03-01/02, Singapore 238839
Tel: 67387207
Website: http://www.laobeijing.com.sg/


Canton Paradise

Another restaurant by the Paradise Group! This is Canton Paradise, serving authentic Cantonese and all day dim sum!

Wanton with Chilli Oil $5.80

Wanton with Chilli Oil $5.80

Xiao Long Bao $4.60

Xiao Long Bao $4.60

Custard Bun $4.90 and Prawn Dumpling $5.80

Custard Bun $4.90 and Prawn Dumpling $5.80

Scallop, Prawns and Garoupa Porridge $11.80

Scallop, Prawns and Garoupa Porridge $11.80

Beef Brisket Noodles $10.30

Beef Brisket Noodles $10.30

Fried Rice with Salted Fish $11.80

Fried Rice with Salted Fish $11.80

Chinese Tea $1.50 per pax
Towel – $0.30 each

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Canton Paradise
Address: #B2-10 Mall, 311 New Upper Changi Rd, Singapore 467360
Tel: 6844 9244
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 11am to 10pm. Weekends: 1030am to 10pm

Jade Restaurant – The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

This post has been long overdued. By the time I post this, I have already eaten twice at this place.

The quality of food is good and for a place like this AND buffet dim sum, the price is really reasonable. The number of pieces of dim sum is according to the number of people in the table. So there is no worry about too much or insufficient servings.


$36+++ for Adult and $18+++ for 6 – 11 year old child

Restaurant: Jade Restaurant
Address: Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178

Opening Hours:
Weekend A La Carte Dim Sum Buffet Lunch:
1st seating : 11.00am – 12.45pm (last order 12.15pm)
2nd seating : 1.15pm – 3.00pm    (last order 2.30pm)

For reservations, please call (65) 6877 8188 or email dining-rsvp@fullertonhotel.com

Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant 瑞春点心拉面小笼包

We finally had this dim sum after talking about this for a month! We visited this place a week and half ago but was closed because it was a Tuesday! But today we finally had it and it was awesome!!

Assortment dim sum

Assortment dim sum

Assortment of dim sum

Assortment of dim sum

Xiao Long Bao

Xiao Long Bao

Custard Bao

Custard Bao

Hor Fun

Hor Fun

酸辣宋城萝卜糕 $1
萝卜糕 $2
奶黄流沙包 (3 pcs) $3.60
叉烧包 (2 pcs) $1.60
烧卖 (2 pcs) $1.80
虾饺 (2 pcs) $2.20
凤爪 $2.30
排骨 $2.50
面线糕 (6 pcs) $2
葡式蛋挞 (2 pcs) $3
小笼包 (4 pcs) $4
红油抄手 (4 pcs) $4
千层饼 $4.30
黄金豆腐 (6 pcs) $3.50
香蕉高丽豆沙 (3 pcs) $4
猪肠粉 $1.80
明虾角 (3 pcs) $4.20
滑蛋虾仁炒河粉 $5.50

The prices were so reasonable and the quality of food was beyond my expectations. The hor fun left a good impression as it encompassed  the “wok hei” which is not commonly found in Singapore. I also enjoyed the Portuguese egg tart very much. The pastry was light and flaky and the egg custard was just nice – not too hard, not too sweet. The 红油抄手 was good too. I liked it that the vinegar was fragrant and the combination of it with chilli oil was of good proportion. The 流沙包 had a good skin texture and the salted egg custard filling was generous. What I did not like was the cheong fun only. It was plainly garnished with soy sauce and sesame seeds accompanied with the sweet sauce. I was expecting the usual char siew / prawn cheong fun.

The restaurant also serves la mian, cooked dishes and desserts. Definitely going back for more!

Expect long queues but waiting time is usually quite fast. They do not allow seating until majority of the people have arrived.

Prices exclude 7% GST. No service charges.

Restaurant: Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant 瑞春点心拉面小笼包
Address: 185/187/189/191, Jalan Besar, Singapore 208882   (Drivers are recommended to park at the multi-storey carpark at Blk 638 and walk over.)
Tel: 6226 7788
Office: 6294 0070
Opening Hours: 6pm – 6am (Closed on Tuesdays)
Email: admin@sweechoon.com
Website: http://sweechoon.com

Ah Yat Seafood

My family and I came here for the first time to celebrate my mum’s birthday. They had this set promotion at the time and we ordered the $198++ set. This was very worth it because the portions were big and they were not stingy on the seafood ingredients. Every dish served onto our table was a “WOW”.

My favourite was the braised e-fu noodles with Boston lobster. I would expect lobster to be tasteless when cooked in this manner. However, it was so sweet and full of the sea flvour on every strand of noodle, sauce and the tender lobster meat itself. Suckling pig did not have the foul “piggy” taste so I could eat it! Shark’s fin was generously seen in every of our bowls. The fish was well accompanied with the  fragrant soy sauce. It was the first time I’ve eaten Alaska king crab too. This is where the authentic long crab stick meat come from! We were given a special pair of scissors each and I had fun eating them!

As for the dim sum I had with CP on another occasion, there is nothing worth mentioning. Dim sum is obviously not their forte.

Har Gao $4.20
Steamed dumpling with scallop $4.20
Siew Mai $3.80
Deep fried banana ball with red bean paste $4.20
Deep fried scallop in yam paste $3.80
Baked Mini Egg tarts $3.80
Pan-fried turnip cake $3.20
Steam ricesheet roll with shrimp $4.80

Dim sum items at 50% off from Mon to Sat and 40% off on Sundays and PH.

Tea/Water/Nut/Towel at $2 per pax.
Prices exclude 7% GST and 10% service charges.

Restaurant: Ah Yat Seafood
Address: 200 Turf Club Road, #03-01, Main Grandstand, Turf City, Singapore 287994
Tel: 68832112 (reservations recommended)
Fax: 68832022

Seremban Roasted Pork Bao

I usually have this whenever I’m in Seremban. However the quality seems to have dipped over the past 10 years and it has lost its “home-made” taste. Nevertheless, I still like this as it’s very flavourful, lotsa pork fillings and most important of all, no fatty meat. RM$1.30 for one. Expensive for a local, isn’t it?

Stall name: Seremban Kee Mei Siew Pow Sdn Bhd 芙蓉奇美烧包有限公司
Address: 1849, Jalan Tok Ungku, 70100 Seremban Negeri Sembilan, D.K., Malaysia
Tel: +60 06 631 6348
Fax: +60 06 632 3442

Tai Cheong Bakery Express 泰昌饼家

We followed some food guide to this place to try their egg tarts. It cost about 60 cents, which is considered very cheap! However, I found the egg custard too sweet and the pastry was a little hard. No second try for me.

Stall: Tai Cheong Bakery Express 泰昌饼家
Address: 中環擺花街35號地下, 香港
Tel: 852 2544 3475
Email: infor@taicheongbakery.com
Website: http://www.taicheongbakery.com

现做现卖猪肠粉 Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun

Introducing made-on-the-spot chee cheong fun! Soft, thin and smooth chee cheong fun that does not have the “cloth” smell!

It comes with char siew, mushroom, chicken shreds and prawns at $2 per roll and scallops at $3.

Frankly, I only liked the texture of the cheong fun. The soy sauce is not fragrant and the chilli does not really match the cheong fun. If you’re ordering, do request the auntie not to add the onion shallots on top as it will affect the overall taste. Perhaps this is not the Hong Kong style of cheong fun I’m looking for.

The auntie was advertising its deep-fried spring roll aka “hei zo” that had won some prize. A pity I was full, otherwise I would have ordered it for a try.

Stall name: 现做现卖猪肠粉 Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun
Address: Block 51 Old Airport Road Food Centre #01-155
Opening hours: 7 am to 9 pm daily


This is my second time eating in this restaurant in Hong Kong. This is located at the far western end on Lantau island, very near the airport, at Tung Chung MTR station. This place will not be unfamiliar as Citygate houses many branded outlets such as Burberry, Kate Spade, Addidas and Coach. Inside Citygate, many people visit this restaurant. Long queues are seen at all times – breakfast, lunch, tea-time and dinner, and most probably you may have to get a queue number just like us.

烧鹅皇牌套餐 Roasted Goose

A well roasted goose seen above here. The meat is just like the duck’s, just that this is more flavourful and has more meat due to it being bigger. Roasted meat is the best in Hong Kong. VERY GOOD.

化皮烧乳猪 Suckling Pig

The restaurant was very nice to roast this half a suckling pig just for us. We only had to wait for half an hour and it was ready. Rest assure that this pig does not have the smelly pig smell and neither was it fatty. The skin was roasted to almost perfection and the thin slice of meat that comes with the skin was tender. EXCELLENT!

港式蒸红鱼 Steamed Red Fish

Last but not least, Hong Kong steam fish is a must to have in Hong Kong restaurants. Steamed and then sprinkled with fragrant oil and spring onion garnishes, you just cannot imagine how the chefs did this. The fish is always steamed so perfectly and the sauce is always so fragrant. SUPER GOOD!

Roasted Goose Set (comes with a big bowl of noodles in soup) 烧鹅皇牌套餐 $198
Steamed Red Fish 港式蒸红鱼 $88
Suckling Pig 化皮烧乳猪 $248
Tea 茶 每人 – $9
Service charges $57.90.

Total: $637

Restaurant: 联邦皇宫(东涌)
Address: 香港新界大嶼山東涌達東路20號東薈城1樓226號舖.
Shop 226, 1/F, Citygate Outlets, 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong (Tong Chong)
Tel: 2626 0181
Website: http://www.federalrestaurant.hk/content/content.html

Damansara Palace Restaurant Sdn. Bhd 白沙羅皇宫大酒楼

My cousin brought me here for brunch. The place is air-conditioned and spacious. Totally comfortable.

The stir-fried carrot cake is SUPER SUPER SUPER nice. We ordered like three rounds of it. On top of that, the siew mai and har gau was also good. Its century egg porridge was smooth. Ah, really love to have dim sum as the first meal of the day. A pity there was only 2 of us and her 5-year old daughter. Otherwise, we could have ordered more food.

$2 for tea and $1 for towel per person.

Prices exclude 10% service charge and Government tax.

Restaurant: Damansara Palace Restaurant Sdn. Bhd 白沙羅皇宫大酒楼
Address: 1st & 2nd floor, Plot A, Persiaran Surian, Jalan PJU 3/31, 47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 03 7801 5055 / 03 7801 5058
Wetbsite: http://www.dpalace.com.my

Branch: Selayang Palace Restaurant Sdn. Bhd. 士拉央皇宫大酒楼
Address: PT 358/3, Bandar Selayang, Batu Mukim, Daerah Gombak, Majlis Perbandaran Selayang, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 017 273 6099
Website: http://www.selayangpalace.com

Bosses 黑色会

The whole restaurant is black and dark. It lives well up to its restaurant name. If not for the 30% offer, I don’t think I will walk in for food. I think their food is expensive.

However, I tasted really good stuff here. One of them is their signature custard bun. The bun is warm and soft, and the inner is filled with yellow liquid custard (salted egg yolk and cream). So when you bite into it, it is quite possible that the custard will flow out of the bun. Very delicious and sinful.

Another one is their prawn and beancurd skin roll and durian mochi. The rest of the dishes were so so only.

Abalone and Prawns Congee – $14
Mui Choy & Pork Congee – $7
Century Egg & Pork Congee – $7
Szechuan Dumpling in Spicy Chilli Oil – $4.20
Little Char Siew Bun – $2.80
Queen of Siew Mai – $4.20
Har Gau – $3.50
Scallop in Yam Bird’s Nest – $5.25
Cripsy Mango Salad Prawn – $4.25
Signature Custard Bun – $3.50
Durian Mochi – $4.20
Chinese Tea – $1.10
Prawn & Beancurd Skin Roll – $4.05

Exclusive of 10% service charge and 7% GST. The prices above are after 30% discount.

Stall name: Bosses 黑色会
Location:  No. 1 Harbour Front Walk, #02-156 Vivo City Singapore 098585
Tel: 63769740

Dim Sum @ Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant

Cost of dim sum lunch buffet is $36.00++, but there is a 1 for 1 promotion!

I think their dim sum is goooooooooooooooooood!

Stall name: Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant (3rd Level of Marriot Hotel)
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm (from June 1, 2009)
Telephone: 6831 4615
Website: http://wanhao.singaporemarriott.com/

Note: Do call them for reservations and check for their latest promotions.

Dim Sum @ Crystal Jade

Recently realised that Crystal Jade serves quite good dim sum.
The century egg porridge is ok only. Even though the porridge is very smooth, the taste was not very great. They failed to infuse the century egg and pork flavour into the white porridge. $6.80.
Century Egg Porridge

Century Egg Porridge

Xiao Long Bao, which has always been my favourite since Uni days, is sold now at Crystal Jade Kitchen! 4 xiao long bao for $4. Somehow, I felt that the skin has thickened at the top. But the flavour is good and the amount of soup in the dumpling is sufficient.
Xiao Long Bao

Xiao Long Bao

They have four types of chee cheong fun – scallop, prawn, dough fritters and char siew. The scallop one is special, and I quite like them followed by the prawn ones. The most important part of chee cheong fun is the soya sauce and the “skin”. The sauce is good, and the skin is just of the correct thickness. But of course, the thinner the skin, the better!
Cheong Fun

Cheong Fun

There comes my favourite har kau! The skin is of the right thickness, and the prawn inside are whole prawns, not the minced up type! The siew mai is all right.
Har Kau, Siew Mai

Har Kau, Siew Mai

Nice egg tarts are not easy to find in Singapore! Crystal Jade sells really good egg tarts, especially good when they are fresh out of the oven! $2.80 for 3 pieces.

Egg Tarts

Egg Tarts

My colleague like this E-fu mee. I took a bite of it, and I don’t think it is as tasty as what he described it to be. Canton Kitchen’s e-fu mee is much nicer. $10.50.
E-fu Mee

E-fu Mee

Beef Brisket Noodles Soup – $6.80
Fried Rice with Crab Meat – $11.50
Dry Wanton Noodles – $7.80
Deep Fried Beancurd Skin – $4.20
Carrot Cake – $6.80
Chives Dumplings (3 pcs) – $3.50

Exclusive of 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Stall name: Crystal Jade Kitchen


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Rest of the outlets: 11am – 10pm