When we were initially told that there was a dim sum place that sold affordable yet quality dim sum that was on par with Swee Choon Dim Sum. Swee Choon Dim Sum has been serving affordable and delicious dim sum in our opinion so you can understand our skepticism. Through our visit, after trying the wide range of delicious dim sum, we have determined that Dim Sum Haus would be a new place to satisfy our dim sum cravings.
This hidden gem is located in Jalan Besar. With the newly opened Jalan Besar MRT station, now it’s much easier to satisfy your dim sum cravings.
They have a wide selection of dim sum to choose from and we were really spoiled for choice! Here are some of our favorites that we really enjoyed.
Fried Fresh Shrimp Roll was deep fried to perfection. Extremely crispy yet not too oily rolls that were filled with generous amounts of shrimp. We were also given mayonnaise to dip it into, and the flavors really complimented each other.
We weren’t expecting much when we were about to try the Baked Salted Egg Custard Bun because it’s so common and it tastes the same everywhere we go. However, we were proven wrong! This was some VERY good custard buns! They may be our absolute favourite out of all the ones we’ve tried! I think what makes them stood out from the rest is the exterior of the buns. Usually, custard buns come in the form of fluffy white baos, but for this case, it was a crusty, pastry-like exterior that melted in your mouth when you bit into it. The custard also was very well made, without being too salty or overpowering.
Another dish that surprised us was the congee. We’ve tried a number of congee from different places, and we have to say that this one has to be one our favourites. We had the Hong Kong Boat Congee, which as infused with seafood like squid and fish in it, as well as the usual spring onions and youtiao. The congee was surprisingly very flavorful, and you could tell that it had been cooked for quite some time based on the rich taste of seafood. The texture was very smooth. It was a very well put together bowl of congee and we are definitely going to come back for more.
What is a dim sum feast without some Char Siew Bao? Their buns were nice and fluffy, and we really liked the taste of the filling. However, the filling could have been more generous. Overall, tasted like any normal char siew bao, was satisfactory.
Our personal favorite would, however, have to be the Steamed Crispy Rice Roll With Shrimp. We in general love rice rolls with shrimp; there is a certain thrill you get from biting into a soft rice roll and having the juiciness of the prawns nestled inside burst in your mouth. The skin of the rice rolls was not too thick or thin, and it wasn’t too doughy. The surprising part was the crispy bits inside the rice roll! Usually, it was just prawn, but these crispy bits really added a lot of texture and made it quite a different experience as compared to the usual prawn ones.
The Steamed Pork and Shrimp Dumpling, also known as Siew Mai was pretty good. Very juicy meat filling. There was however nothing particularly special about it that made it stand out, just regular nice tasting Siew Mai.
We saved the best for last. This is the main reason why this place is so famous: Steamed Charcoal Chicken and Shrimp Dumpling! We are usually used to seeing this in yellow skin (also called siew mai, like the one mentioned earlier), so the charcoal skin really added an interesting and unique touch to the dumpling. We were told that the initial idea was to use seaweed instead of charcoal skin, but because seaweed did not really help the dumpling to retain its shape after steaming. Hence, charcoal skin was used instead. The dumpling did not disappoint at all! Very juicy and succulent meat that was bursting full of flavor. We love that they were generous enough to put a whole shrimp inside of it. The charcoal skin taste was not very strong, but it did add a nice touch to the dumpling.
Our overall experience, like mentioned earlier, was a really good one! We definitely will be coming back again here to try more of their stuff and order our favorites as well!
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Dim Sum Haus
57 Jalan Besar
Tue – Fri: 11:30AM – 3:00PM | 5:30PM – 11:30PM
Sat & Sun: 10:30AM – 3:00PM | 5:30PM – 11:30PM
Closed on Mondays
Last order 30 minutes before break/closing
Contact: 6909 0777
Nearest Station: Jalan Besar