Taking about having Dim Sum for dinner or supper.
Other then having Dim Sum at 126 Eating House at Geylang, Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant had always been in the supper list for many.
After hearing and reading a lot of rave reviews from my friends and fellow bloggers. I brought my boyfriend there for dinner.
Located at the heart of Jalan Besar, in the district of Little India, Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant had always been popular among Singaporeans and tourists. Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant opened for business in 1962 and had been around for more then 50 years.
Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant served a combination of both Hong Kong and ShangHai Dim Sum. They provides both air- conditioned as well as alfresco dining in the back alley.
If you are want to dine in the air conditioned part of the restaurant, I will recommend you to be there early especially for dinner time to beat the queue.
However, if you are hungry when you reached the restaurant like me. You can skip the queue by choosing to sit at the non air-conditioned part of the restaurant or the alfresco dining.
Personally, I prefer the alfresco dining in back alley even though the lighting was quite bad for photo taking.
I like the feeling the atmosphere of not dinning in the modern Singapore, it kind of bring you back in time during the 80s.
Fried Mee Sua ($6)
This is one of Swee Choon’s Signature dish, Fried Mee Sua. This plate of Fried Mee Sua may look easy to cook, however it requires a lot of skills and experience. Normally, Mee Sua has this very soft texture and easily broken. The chef did a pretty good job in frying this plate of Mee Sua as the each strains of the noodle is so springy and fragrant. The shredded cabbages and bean sprouts added crunch to the noodle. The most critical part that the chef had passed was that the plate of Mee Sua is not oily at all. I have never been a lover toward carbohydrate, but I really cannot stop eating the Fried Mee Sua.
Mee Sua Kueh (2 for $2.20)
Other Mee Sua dishes by Swee Choon and also their Signature dish. However, this time round, I am not very impress with the Mee Sua Kueh. The Mee Sua Kueh is a creative version of carrot cake. The top layer is Pan Fried Crispy Mee Sua and the bottom layer is soft Mee Sua with Kueh. I feel that the Mee Sua Kueh was quite greasy. Not sure isn’t that I had left it on the table for quite a while. My boyfriend did not really like it too. We both find the texture is too soft.
Carrot Cake (2 for $2.20)
As compare to the Mee Sua Kueh, the Carrot Cake was not greasy at all. I like the crispy other layer and you are still able on the shredded carrots in the carrot cake.
Steamed Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun (3 for $3.90)
Looking at these white little buns make me super excited. I cannot wait to tear the bun apart to let yellow Salted Egg Yolk Custard ooze out. It make me drool every time.
Swee Choon’s Steamed Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun is one of the best out of all that I had eaten. The bun was so soft and fine. The salted egg yolk custard was not too salty and was slightly to a sweeter side. The portion of the bun to the salted egg yolk custard was perfect too. I really hate to eat bun with thick other layer.
Law Mai Gai ($2.50)
Law Mai Gai is one of the many Dim Sum which I ate since young. My mother use to make them at home. Basically, Law Mai Gai is steam glutinous rice with chicken and mushroom. The majority of Law Mai Gai is make up glutinous rice, it is also the most important part of Lo Mai Gai. For Swee Choon, the texture for each grain of glutinous rice was bouncy and most importantly the rice grains are not dry. The flavors of the glutinous rice will explode in your mouth like fireworks. The chicken was very tender too.
Fan Choy – BBQ Pork Rice ($2.50)
Even thought, I am not a fan of Carbohydrate but this does not apply for my boyfriend. There fore here another rice related dish, Fan Choy. The Char siew (BBQ pork) was lean and flavorful. Not too sweet. The portion of Char siew given was great for the rice and it goes perfectly well with it, It will be better if there a slice of egg.
Plain Chee Cheong Fun ($1.80)
Instead of serving the Chee Cheong Fun in the sweet sauce that we usually had. Swee Choon served their plain with Chee Cheong Fun in the salty version with a light mixture of Sesame Oil and Light Soya Sauce. The Chee Cheong Fun was smooth and the sauce brought this simple dish to another level. I love it especially when it was drizzle with lots of Sesame Seed.
ShangHai Xiao Long Bao (4 for $4.30)
Xiao Long Bao is my favorite when coming to Dim Sum. A Dim Sum meal without Xiao Long Bao is never complete. The skin was not too thin or thick. You can able to slowly pick up the Xiao Long Bao without bursting the skin. The minced pork inside was sweet and flavorful. I can eat up one whole basket of Xiao Long Bao on my own. Please don’t snatch from me !
Portuguese Egg Tart (2 for $3)
Can I say this is the best Portuguese Egg Tart ? The pastry crust was so flaky and crispy. The slight fragrance of the butter will fill your whole mouth when you bite into the crust. The egg custard was moist and not overly sweet.
Yam Paste with Pumpkin and Ginko Nut ($3.80)
At first we are excited when the Yam Paste with Pumpkin and Ginko Nut was served in a cute looking wooden bucket. Yam Paste had always been my boyfriend favorite Chinese Dessert. However, we are super disappointed with it. Once we open the cover of the wooden bucket, we found out the Yam Paste only take up 1/3 of the wooden bucket. The yam paste kind of lack in the fragrant and taste of the yam. The coconut milk seem to had overpowered the whole paste.
Overall, I will be back often for the affordable and yummy Dim Sum.