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Delightful Dim Sum

Delightful Dim Sum

Nothing can be as delightful as these bite-sized pleasures.
Xing Wei Chua
Xing Wei Chua

Opened fairly recently at Essen at The Pinnacle; a hipster food court which is located at The Pinnacle @ Duxton, Little Tea House 小茶楼 is a Dim Sum specialty stall such had opened its doors occupying the spot where now-defunct Grill Lab was situated.

Pretty much the usual suspects were available in the somewhat limited menu here — could not miss going for the standard few items such as the Har Gaw, Fish Roe Siew Mai, Pan-Fried Carrot Cake etc., but one of the better items from the stall here would be their Prawn Rice Noodles; a tad misleading how they actually call their Chee Cheong Fun as Rice Noodles here instead of Rice Rolls, although the Chinese translation on the menu still states 肠粉 as it should have been. While the rice rolls were a little bit on the thick side, the rice rolls were still pretty smooth and slurpy; drenched in the immensely savoury HK-style soy sauce that I absolutely love. One characteristic about the Prawn Rice Noodles here is the usage of what seems to be shrimp paste over actual shrimp within; gives a more coherent bite and seemingly a more generous portion overall, whilst still carrying a familiar note of the sweetness of fresh seafood within.

Would say the food here have their hits and misses; pretty much like Dim Sum House at Yio Chu Kang Road which I have also tried fairly recently. Nonetheless, a decent option for dim sum within the hipster food court at an affordable price — especially great for those who are looking for somewhere that serves both dim sum and beer with a wide variety of options (think Vietnamese cuisine, western, burgers, Indian cuisine etc.) all under one roof.

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Came across Dim Sum House 点心站 situated at 1G Yio Chu Kang Road whilst being in the area; a relatively new casual eatery serving up dim sum and congee that had taken over the former premises of now-defunct Yi Hao Gui Lin Mi Fen 壹号桂林米粉 (some may also remember the space being the now-defunct Ding Ding Man).

Whilst most of the items were pretty decent, the Pan-Fried Carrot Cake with Waxed Meat was an item that stood out a little more than the rest in terms of flavour — quite liked how the carrot cake comes savoury especially with bits of waxed meat that helps to also provide some bite and a contrast of flavours, though the texture felt a little limp and soft considering how the carrot cake was not quite firm enough to hold itself in between the chopsticks; just simply disintegrating with the slightest squeeze.

A spot with its own hits & misses, though probably somewhere that residents in the area might head to as an option for affordable dim sum in the area.

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It seems that Jalan Besar is the new enclave for dim sum of the late, especially with the opening of Sum Dim Sum 心点心 which is located in between Swee Choon Dim Sum Restaurant and Dim Sum Haus, across the street from Berseh Food Centre. Serving up a variety of dim sum prepared via several cooking methods, congee, noodles and rice offerings amongst a few others, the Signature Crispy Pork Bun is one of the few must-orders here that is especially deserving of its signature status.

Looking almost akin to a similar item offered by a certain Michelin-starred restaurant that have opened multiple locations in Singapore, the Signature Crispy Pork Bun here comes with a slightly green hue. Seemingly infused with Pandan, the buns here come crusted on the exterior, and whiffs of an aromatic buttery fragrance with hint of Pandan. Sinking our teeth into the bun, the crust crumbles down neatly without being causing a mess on the table, while the insides reveal the Char Siew filling. Packed with a decent portion of meat, the Char Siew comes with a mix of fatty and lean meat for a balanced texture that is melt-in-the-mouth, yet carrying some bite; all that while the Char Siew sauce was a good sweet-savoury mix that is sufficiently thick in consistency and flavourful. Pretty impressed with what this new dim sum joint has to offer, with other items such as Hong Kong Signature Curry that features cuttlefish and pig skin — a considerably rare find in Singapore as well for those who are looking to try something new. A place I would certainly return back for more!

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Randomly got this from the handmade dim sum stall at a coffee shop in Potong Pasir. Quite impressed with how this one turned out to be; light, fluffy bun that isn’t too thick while the Char Siew comes chunky within — drenched in that mostly sweet, yet savoury sauce for a deep flavour. Very delicious!

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Unlike the Char Siew from the Roast Meat Platter which was a tad disappointing, the Steamed B.B.Q. Bun was actually pretty good — not only was the bun pretty fluffy, the Char Siew filling within comes in chunk bits that is smothered in a thick and sweet sauce that's laced with honey; pretty good I would say.

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Yet another offering that is unique to Lian Bang Fu Zhou Home-made Pau is the Golden Wo Zai Pau — the bun is an interesting fusion of steamed egg cake and char siew bun with the steamed egg cake encased within a pau bun lined with char siew filling. The result was an interesting combination of sweet and savoury; something out of the usual char siew bun for the sweetness is provided by the steamed egg cake.

The Char Siew Bun itself was decent; more savoury than sweet being meaty with tiny chunks of meat within. The bun might be a little on the thick side, but does carry quite a bit of fluff — not the best but decent enough.

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Went to Bukit Batok after seeing photos of the special paus available at Lian Bang Fu Zhou Home-Made Pau, which includes this Royal Chicken Bao that comes with char siew, mushroom, onions smothered in a lightly savory yet thick sauce within, stacked atop a layer of glutinous rice. Every bite comes with a light hint of sweetness from the char siew amidst the savouriness from the sauce, while the bun despite being a little on the thicker side is also pretty fluffy. The entire combination isn't quite like the usual Lo Mai Gai offering despite sounding similar, largely due to how saucy the entire filling is but it's certainly not the conventional pau one would expect from a dim sum shop.

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My friends found this to be rather decent but it felt a tad disappointing to me. Could have been expecting a little too much for its $1.30 price tag, but it comes with a miserable portion of prawn (I didn't get any) which was already a big no-no for me. While the soy sauce did give it that savoury flavour that I yearn for, I felt that the Chee Cheong Fun itself felt like it was missing that ricey flavour — the entire item felt like it was just so lacking in terms of dimension of flavours. Probably would work well for those who are less picky though.

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Slightly thick skin aside, the Prawn Dumplings are not too bad; the prawns were sizable and comes reasonably fresh for a good bite.

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Could probably be my favourite out of the items we tried here. While it's rather oily, the crispy roll is pretty light and crisp and encased with mushy banana and red bean paste within that provides for its sweet yet earthy flavour.

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Not to be mistaken as Salted Egg Custard Lava Bun, the Custard Bun comes with corn custard encased within for that subtly sweet flavour. Buns were also pretty fluffy here; not too bad.

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If anything, I did feel that the Pau here seem to fare better than most of the Dim Sum items. The Coffee Bun exudes that roasty coffee aroma on first bite with the red bean paste base providing a hint of sweetness thereafter. The bun itself is also rather fluffy as well.

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