Dim Sum

Dim Sum at Feng Shui Inn (风水廷)

I’ve never stepped into Feng Shui Inn (风水廷) until now as I had heard that the food at this restaurant isn’t cheap. Furthermore, it made headlines several years ago when a diner was charged $1224 for a fish dish!

On a sudden whim, my hubby and I decided to go try the dim sum at Feng Shui Inn as we’ve already tried almost all other restaurants around the resort (except those in the casino as we can’t enter unless we pay the $100 levy).

To get to the restaurant, you’ll need to enter Crockfords Tower and take the lifts to Level G2, where the VIP entrance to the casino is also located.

The interior of the restaurant has a modern design which was quite tastefully done and the lighting inside made it look quite cosy.

We found the motifs on the cover of the menu matched those on the walls of the restaurant.

Upon scrutinising the menu, I found that the prices of the dishes weren’t that scary (i.e. prices were typical of an expensive Chinese restaurant) but most of the seafood dishes were at market prices, so you’d better check with the staff on their actual prices before you order them, else you could be in for a rude shock!

Anyway, we were there for their dim sum and here’s a look at their menu, which has all the prices listed.

We ended up ordering a total of 8 dim sum dishes and 3 desserts!! Initially we had placed orders for the Steamed Minced Wagyu Beef Balls with Bean Curd Skin and Pineapple Custard Barbecued Pork Buns, but were later told they were unavailable (i.e. sold out!! – this was at 2:30pm on a Saturday afternoon). Oh well…

Anyway, here’s what we tried (the names of the dishes listed are as stated in their menu)…

Baked Barbecued Pork Puffs (鲍鱼叉烧酥) – $5.20 per serving
The name of this dish in Chinese states it is an abalone char siew puff. This was a flavour bomb as the filling was sweet and the pastry was fragrant. I couldn’t really find any abalone in it and wondered if it contained abalone sauce instead? Having said that, I did like this puff a lot and it will go into my must-eat list if I come here again.


Lobster Dumplings with Cream Sauce (龙虾白汁批) – $8 per serving
Technically these are mini pies and not dumplings as stated in the English name of this dish! The pastry had a buttery fragrance which I like and it went well with the creamy sauce inside. I loved this savoury dish but my hubby didn’t like it as he felt it was too sweet, so I was only too happy to finish the remaining piece! ^_^


Steamed Rice Rolls with Barbecued Pork & Enoki Mushrooms (金菇叉烧肠粉) – $7 per serving
Mmm…similar yummy tasting char siew as the one in the puff that we had earlier. Overall it was a nice combination with the enoki mushrooms. The cheong fun was also done just right and didn’t fall apart when we picked it up.


Steamed Pumpkin Cakes with Conpoy (干贝蒸金瓜糕) – $6 per serving
This was a steamed dish which was quite thick and definitely contained more pumpkin than flour but I didn’t really fancy it as I thought it tasted a little plain. My hubby on the other hand said that he liked it. I think I prefer having pumpkin cake which is pan fried, but that’s just my personal preference.


Steamed Superior Prawn “Har Kow” (风水虾饺皇) – $7 per serving
Each bite-sized morsel contained a fresh, plump and springy prawn and tasted quite nice.


Steamed Pork & Mushroom “Siew Mai” (北菇蟹肉蒸烧卖) – $6 per serving
This siew mai was packed with various ingredients, plus the fish roe on top of it was springy and gave an added crunch.


Deep-fried Bean Curd Skin Roll with Prawns (鲜虾腐皮卷) – $7 per piece
My first bite was a little disappointing as I felt it was tasteless (probably cos beancurd doesn’t have much taste anyway?). However, I concluded that you’ll need to coat it with a generous helping of its accompanying mayo dip to bring out its flavour.


Bird’s Nest Dumpling (燕窝灌汤饺) – $11 per person
The dumpling was filled with lots of tasty ingredients but I didn’t like the soup, which had a porky flavour. Even though I had put quite a substantial amount of the accompanying red vinegar into the soup, it still didn’t improve how I felt about the soup.


…and now moving on to the desserts!!


Baked Egg Tarts with Bird’s Nest (燕窝旦挞) – $5 per piece
The pastry in this tart was a little flaky and I was glad that the custard didn’t have that strong eggy taste which I don’t like. Overall, it was very sweet (as expected of a dessert) and was quite nice, except for the fact that it was gone in just one mouthful!


Double-boiled Sweetened Almond Cream with Glutinous Rice Balls (杏仁茶汤圆) – $8 per person
The almond paste had a very strong almond flavour which can be an acquired taste to some. Those who like it will love it but those who can’t stand the almond smell will detest it. The glutinous rice balls were of a good size and were filled with a black sesame paste which oozes out after you’ve bitten into it.


Chilled Mango, Pomelo & Sago Cream with Ice Cream (杨枝甘露雪糕) – $9 per person
Full of mango goodness, this mango soup contained bits of mango and pomelo and was topped with a scoop of ice-cream. This dessert was nice and its taste is similar to that of other good HK dessert shops in the country.


Verdict:  My favourites were the baked barbecued pork puffs, steamed rice rolls with barbecued pork & enoki mushrooms and lobster dumplings with cream sauce. The rest of the dishes didn’t impress me that much as they tasted like those which I can get at other restaurants serving good quality dim sum but at cheaper prices than the ones here.

A word of advice – do check your bill carefully before you make your payment! The Pineapple Custard Barbecued Pork Buns were added to our bill even though we had been told they were sold out and they also charged us for 3 bowls of the Mango dessert, so we had to get them to amend the bill!


Address:
Feng Shui Inn (风水廷)
Crockfords Tower, Basement 1M, Level G2
Resorts World Sentosa
10 Sentosa Gateway,
Singapore 098270.

Operating Hours:
Lunch   11:30am – 3pm
High Tea   3pm – 5:30pm (Last order for Dim Sum at 5:15pm)
Dinner   5:30pm – 11pm (Last order at 10:45pm)
Supper   11pm – 3:45am (Last order at 3:30am)

Tel No:  +65 6577 6688

Email:  dining@rwsentosa.com

Getting There:  Directions can be found at the Resorts World Sentosa webpage.

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Dim Sum at Old Hong Kong Taste (老香港品味)

If you are planning to dine here on a Saturday afternoon, it’s best to make advanced reservations else you won’t be able to secure a table if you just walk-in, unless perhaps if you decide to have a late lunch and dine after 2pm. I made this mistake the first time around when I made a spontaneous decision one of the Saturday mornings to go there for lunch and got turned away at the door. Lesson learnt….so I finally made a reservation and went there for dim sum.

Braised Beancurd Skin Rolls in Rich Fish Soup (魚湯鮮竹卷) – Mmm…the colour of the soup was very milky and it tasted like it had been boiled for a long time as the taste of the fish stock was strong and very flavourful. The soup was a good complement to the beancurd skin rolls.


Steamed Shrimp Dumplings (筍尖鮮蝦餃) – The taste was good but I would have preferred if it was a bit “juicier” (i.e. contained more stock) inside.


Steamed Shrimp and Pork Dumplings with Fish Roe (魚子滑燒賣) – This siew mai was quite nice although it wasn’t the best that I’ve eaten (I’ve got high expectations for this particular dim sum dish). The larger-than-usual fish roe made the dish look very appetising.


Deep-fried Yam Dumplings (蜂巢芋茸角) – Crispy on the outside and soft and mushy on the inside. It was good!!


Deep-fried Spring Rolls with Barbecued Honey Pork and Pork Floss (25厘米春卷) – I couldn’t tell if there was any pork floss in this as all I tasted was the barbequed honey pork (char siew) but it was still nice. The spring rolls were extra long and the waiter asked if we wanted him to get the rolls cut into smaller bite-size pieces but we declined and decided to pick them up and eat them like how churro sticks are eaten. (^o^)


Deep-fried Shrimp Dumplings in Superior Soup (上湯煎粉粿) – Thought this dish sounded unusual so I ordered it! True to my expectations it was different from the normal dim sum as you are supposed to dip the deep-fried shrimp dumplings into the soup before you eat it. Yumm…the superior soup was really tasty and though there was leftover soup after we finished dipping the dumplings in it, we drank the whole bowl of soup as we didn’t want it to go to waste!


Steamed Egg Yolk Custard Buns (流沙奶皇包) – I had initially wanted to divide one of the buns into two halves to take a picture of what was inside but when I started to tear it apart with my hands, the liquid inside started oozing out and onto my hand…..oh my….

The buns were really yummy and were flowing with a fragrant mixture of salted egg yolk custard inside. They were neither too sweet nor too salty so the combination was perfect!


Steamed Flour Rolls with Barbecued Honey Pork, Scallops and Prawns (三色腸粉) – When I ordered this, I thought that the description sounded interesting and that the flour rolls (cheong fun) would contain all the mentioned ingredients in one roll but when it was served to us, there were actually three separate rolls, each containing barbecued honey pork (char siew), scallops and prawns respectively. Even though it wasn’t what I had initially expected it to be, it was good!


Steamed Chicken, Fish Maw, Mushrooms and Crabsticks wrapped in Beancurd Skin (四寶滑鶏扎) – This was delicious but we had to wait an extremely long time before it was served to us (not sure if they forgot our order). I think it would have been nicer if it contained real crabmeat rather than the crabsticks which are made from flour (i.e. mock crab meat).


Steamed Mushroom Dumplings (三菇石榴粿) – These dumplings were filled with shiitake mushrooms and were very tasty. My hubby said this reminded him of soon kueh!


Steamed Glutinous Rice wrapped in Lotus Leaf (荷香珍珠鶏) – I’m not a big fan of glutinous rice but this was quite yummy!

 


Deep-fried Sesame Dumplings Stuffed with Mashed Lotus Seeds (香麻煎堆仔) – The fried dumplings were fragrant and filled with a smooth lotus paste.


Deep-fried Hundred Taste Beancurd (百味豆腐) – It was nice but I felt that the taste of the bonito flakes overpowered the dish and I couldn’t even taste the mayo or the chilli sauce.


Baked Bo Lo Bun with Barbecued Pork (菠蘿叉燒包) – Gosh…we got the last 2 bo lo buns left in the kitchen! There were supposed to be 3 buns in one serving so the price of this dish was reduced accordingly in our final bill. The char siew filling was nice and the top of the bun had a crunchy crust.


Fish Maw and Conpoy Dumpling in Shark’s Bone Cartilage (花膠瑶柱翅骨湯餃) – This was one of the last dishes to arrive. The waitress told us that this soup requires an extremely long time to prepare. When it finally arrived, it was worth the wait!! Very thick, milky soup which was very flavourful and you can taste the richness of all the ingredients that went into it.

Here’s a look at the contents of the dumpling…


Beef Brisket Soup with Turnip (清湯蘿蔔牛根腩) – This soup was the last dish to arrive. It was peppery and reminded me of bak kut teh. Both the beef slices and tendon were quite tender.


We had also placed orders for the Barbecued Pork Puff Pastry (香麻叉燒酥) and the Shanghai Meat Dumplings (上海小龍包) but after they had keyed in our order, we were told that both were sold out!


Verdict: This place is definitely one of the better places for dim sum in Singapore.


Address:
Old Hong Kong Taste (老香港品味)
1 Maju Avenue
#02-01 myVillage @ Serangoon Gardens
Singapore 556679
Tel: 6834 3013
Opening Hours: 10:30am-11pm daily

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Dim Sum at Hollywood China Bistro (USS)

The Hollywood China Bistro is one of the only two Table Service Restaurants located within Universal Studios Singapore (USS) and serves both traditional Cantonese dishes and “east meets west” cuisine.

Decided to have a dim sum lunch there…

Well, as the saying goes…a picture is worth more than a thousand words, so I shan’t say too much in this post. :p

My verdict is that the dim sum was slightly above average. It wasn’t the best dim sum which I’ve tried in Singapore but is definitely one of the better ones which I’ve eaten thus far, although I do prefer the dim sum at Chinois which is located outside the park but still within Resorts World Sentosa.

I personally feel that the non-dim sum dishes at Hollywood China Bistro taste much better so your best bet would be to either order from a set menu or their ala carte menu and not to have dim sum as the main course. Love the desserts though! ^_^

See also: Boogie Countdown at USS

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Dim Sum at Chinois by Susur Lee

** UPDATE (July 2013) – Chinois has now been renamed as TungLok Heen **

Chinois is International Celebrity Chef Susur Lee’s first restaurant outside North America. It’s located within Hotel Michael at Resorts World Sentosa.


This is the other entrance located inside Hotel Michael.


Interior of the restaurant.


Freshly squeezed Honeydew and Orange juices.


This is the à la carte menu.


Dim Sum menu:


Drunken Chicken with Sweet Wine Dates and Red Wine Apple (蜜枣醉鸡) – The chicken was very tender and the apple had a strong taste of alcohol. 😀


Crispy-fried Prawn and Mango Spring Rolls (香芒虾筒) – The best that I’ve tasted to-date!!!


Steamed Mushroom “Siew Mai” (香菇烧卖) – I rate the quality of dim sum in most places according to this dish => PASSED with flying colours! 😀


Steamed Prawn Dumplings – (虾饺)


Duo Barbecued Pork Buns (鸳鸯叉烧包) – Interesting…. but I prefer the fried one.


Crispy Scallops wrapped in Dragon Beard with Chilli Flakes (龙须带子酥) – It’s a messy affair trying to eat this cos the “dragon beard” keeps dropping all over the place! Haha….


Oven-baked “San Xian” Gyozas with White Wine Cream Cheese Sauce (白汁芝士三鲜锅贴) – My husband loved this but I didn’t cos it was full of chives.


Steamed Seafood Roulade wrapped Beancurd Skin topped with Conpoy (瑶柱腐皮海鲜卷) – YUMM!!


Jackfruit and Mango Custard with Passion Fruit Juice Sauce and Coconut Tulle (芒果菠萝软冻) – Looks “heavenly”…. (^_^)
Tastes just as good as it looks!! The combination of the alcoholic chocolate truffle and the wafer goes very well with the pudding.


Verdict: Will definitely return to this restaurant as the dim sum is excellent!!


Address:
CHINOIS BY SUSUR LEE
Resorts World Sentosa
Hotel Michael
26 Sentosa Gateway
#02-142/143
Singapore 098138
Tel: +65 6884 7888


Opening Hours:
Daily
Lunch: 11.30am – 3.00pm (Last order 2.30pm)
Dinner: 6.30pm -11.00pm (Last order 10.30pm)


Reservations: Highly Recommended
Children under 10 must be attended to by an adult at all times.

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