Dim Sum, or Yum Cha, is a morning breakfast tradition that most Chinese participate around the world (especially in Hong Kong) and has become a weekly weekend routine. Yum Cha is more than just drinking tea and eating Cantonese cuisine, it’s a form of a family gathering.
The popular dim sum dishes are Siew Mai (pork dumpling), Har Gow (shrimp dumpling), Cha Siu Bao (steamed pork bun) and many more. Though most know about the common dim sum dishes, many have no idea what unique dishes are available in Singapore.
Here’s a list of unique dim sum dishes you should know.
1. Q Dim Sum ($6++ for 3 pieces) @ East Ocean Teochew Restaurant
I CAN’T EVEN! These adorable animal-looking dishes are under the Q dim sum category at East Ocean. It’s quite pricey for 3 pieces at $6++ but it’s SO Instagram worthy!
The Q dim sum offers various animal designs, each of which is in a different flavour. Recommended dishes are Sparrow Fly–-shrimp paste and quail egg, Naughty puppy– sausage & cheese on the inside, and Ugly Duckling–duck meat and potatoes.
2. Bird Nest Egg Tart ($23 for 6 pieces) @ King of Nests
The Bird’s Nest Egg Tart has a soft creamy egg custard in baked tarts, top with premium bird nests and gold flakes. The small portion is perfect to pop one right into your mouth. Although it’s expensive to pay $23 for 6 small pieces, the ingredients used are high quality.
Order online at http://www.KingOfNests.com, or call 9038-0126 for inquiries.
Free delivery on orders of above $200, $10 delivery charge for orders below $200, or self-collect is available at Madame Patisserie.
3. XO Durian Chee Cheong Fun ($5.20) @ House of Rice Rolls and Porridge
Durians lovers on alert! This will be a dessert you will love to death! The outer skin is chewy with a mochi-like texture while the inside is generously filled with durian mousse. Topped with peanuts, it adds on a crunchy and nutty taste to the entire dish.
4. Chili Crab Tart @ Bosses Restaurant
Mantou goes best with chilli crab but who would have thought the combination with a tart can be as good as well. Despite the moisture from the chilli crab gravy, the crust remains crispy.
5. Salted Egg Yolk XLB ($7.80 for 4 pieces) @ Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Oh hey! A new salted egg yolk dish appears again! #SEYgamestrong If you want more of salted egg yolk dishes, check out our article on 25 Salted Egg Yolk Desserts in Singapore.
The orange-coloured skin draws your attention but sadly, this does not flow like liu sha bao. The texture is somewhat paste-like, similar to that of a mooncake filling.
6. Deep Fried Sesame Balls with Molten Chocolate ($6) @ Summer Palace Chinese Restaurant
Inspired by the molten chocolate lava cake, the deep fried sesame ball is the Chinese version of it. Chewy and crunchy on the outside, and as you bite into it the dark chocolate goodness oozes out. Mmmhhh.
7. Deep Fried Yam with Strawberry ($4.50 for 3 pieces) – Luk Yu Teahouse & Restaurant
Who would have thought to combine yam with strawberry? Instead of the usual pork filling that most deep-fried yam pastry has, Luk Yu opted for a fruity version. Anyone who’s Teochew would love yam and without a doubt, this dessert won’t disappoint you.
8. Smoked Duck & Mango Bun ($4.80 for 3 pieces) – Luk Yu Teahouse & Restaurant
Smoked duck and mango sounds weird, doesn’t it? Thankfully the taste is more appealing than it sounds. The sweet and tangy taste of the mango slices complements the salty smoked duck really well.
9. Animal Dim Sum @ The Quayside Kitchen
If the animals from East Ocean can’t satisfy you, head over to Quayside Kitchen for more lovable dim sums. From penguins to porcupine and tortoise, these pastries are overloaded with cuteness! Can you bear to eat them?
Address: 8A Admiralty Street, #02-20 Food Xchange S(757437)
10. Pan Fried Foie Gras with Smoked Duck @ Peace Blossom
Foie Gras fragrantly taste like fats. Yes, fats. Despite the high calories, anyone who knows how to appreciate such food would not reject this dish. The Pan Fried Foie Gras with Smoked Duck served on Mantou is part of Peace Blossom’s weekend Dim Sum Buffet.
Prices are $58++ per adult and $38 per child (below 12 years old). A little expensive but the food they offer makes up for it. For a full menu of the a-la-carte buffet, please visit here.
11. Full Bloom Lotus Paste and Yam Pastry ($5.50 for 3 pieces) @ Crystal Jade Palace Restaurant
Maybe yam and lotus combination has been around for ages but you don’t normally chance upon one that looks as beautiful. The appearance of this dish is similar to a blooming flower. Who needs flowers when you can have this? Elegant, simple and edible bloom.
12. Golden Chrysanthemum Imperial Seafood Dumpling ($4.50 for 3 pieces) @ Joyden Treasure
What caught my attention was not the food but the looks of it. Here’s another flower-like dim sum that is savoury instead of sweet. It blooms like a chrysanthemum flower and comes with seafood filling, and has crunchy texture to it.
With all the fancy looking and weird combination dim sums going on, you will never get bored with yum cha. Be adventurous and try something new for a change.
Which is your favourite?
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