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Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant 瑞春点心拉面小笼包 @ Jalan Besar September 23, 2013

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There are two main distinction of dim sum culture in Singapore.  You have the fine dining tim sum like this one in Wah Lok and the more heartland version like Swee Choon.  While price sets the distinction for these two classes of tim sum, however one cannot use a price heuristics approach to judge which dim sum taste better.  I would say there are different.  Sometimes I am more in the mood of the more “atas” or upclass tim sum, and sometimes I would want something more heartland.

Swee Choon Tim Sum StoreLong queue and waiting outside the store

Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant is a very well-known local restaurant that has been serving its patron for the past 50 years.  It is quite a feat to be able to continually serves a wide variety of tim sum for years and Swee Choon doesn’t compromise on the quality of herbs and ingredients they used.  And you think dim sum is more of a afternoon tea meal and you can be very wrong because Swee Choon serve its dim sum from 6pm at night to the wee morning of 6am.  The largest crowd really comes in after 6.30pm when its first throng of guests are seated, the rest have to wait outside; usually for 30-45 minutes; before the next table is available.  And mind you, they have a huge seating capacity!

Swee Choon Tim Sum Spicy Sour CarrotSpicy & Sour Carrot ($1)

As you are seated, the service staff will serve you this appetiser of spicy and sour carrot.  This is optional as you will be charged in the bill.  The carrot is very crunchy and both spicy and sour at the same time but not overwhelming.  It is nice to chew on them especially after waiting a long time for a seat.  This is quite refreshing.

Swee Choon Tim Sum Deep Fried Crispy Fish SkinDeep Fried Crispy Fish Skin ($5)

My friends who patiently waited with me is a fan of fried crispy fish skin, so we had this order.   As the name suggest, this is very crispy but the taste is rather bland.  I think it is very mildly salted only.  But we were innovative to dip in in the mayonnaise that was served with another dish.  Quite frankly, this won’t make it into the list if I come to Swee Choon again.

Swee Choon Tim Sum Crispy Pork ChopDeep Fried Pork Chop ($4.30)

This deep fried pork chop is from the Shanghainess menu.  It is well marinated with the traditional five spices but I think it would be better if the pork chop is chunkier!  If there is any pork chop I love, it must be from the Ding Tai Feng menu.

Swee Choon Tim Sum Siew MaiSiew Mai ($1.80)

I was shocked to see these two huge siew mai when it was served.  It probably is also one of the best Siew Mai I ever ate in the long time.  It has a robust taste of the pork with the marination well worked into the meat and bits of shrimps.  The eggy skin is also soft and thin in layer provides a smooth exterior texture for this siew mai.  It’s such a delight that I would recommend this as a mandatory order if you come to Swee Choon.

Swee Choon Tim Sum Deep Fried Prawn DumplingFried Prawn Dumpling ($4.20)

These fried prawn dumpling comes with mayonnaise (which we use as the dip for the crispy fish skin).  I enjoyed the prawn dumplings which is crispy outside and with huge chunks of prawns.  I wish I took pictures of that, but I always gobbled my food down too fast, too furious… especially when it taste so good.

Swee Choon Tim Sum Mee Suah KuehSwee Choon Mee Suah Kueh ($2)

This is the signature dish of Swee Choon where mee suah is worked into this flour cake.  I must say that this is very unique and my friend he enjoyed it alot such that he had a repeat order and even ordered more for takeaway so that his parents can enjoy it too!  Well, that is quite a testament already right?

Swee Choon Tim Sum Chicken ClawsChicken Claw ($2.30)

These chicken claw are not the kind I like, but if you like your chicken claw to have a more elastic and chewy texture, this is the one for you.

Swee Choon Tim Sum WantonFried Wanton ($2.40)

The difference between this fried wanton and earlier fried prawn dumpling is not just in the size and shape.  The fried wanton has pork as its main ingredient but also have bits of shrimps inside.  Anything deep fried can’t go wrong and at $2.40 for 3 pieces it is quite worth it to just order and try.

Swee Choon Tim Sum Carrot CakeCarrot Cake ($2)

These carrot cake are fried to perfection with the outside to be slighty hard while retain its softness on the inside.  My friend enjoyed it a lot and think it is tasty.  I found this to be just average.  I can’t live without order this.

Swee Choon Tim Sum Salted Egg Yolk Custard BunSalted Egg Yolk Custard Bun ($3.60)

The salted egg yolk custard bun always makes a highlight to my dim sum meal.  As for this particularly one, it probably has passed my test with the flowy custard and right saltiness from the salted egg yolk.  My only grouse is that the skin of the bun is quite thick.  So far the BEST salted egg yolk custard bun is still the one I heard in Dongguan, China.  Really miss it.

Swee Choon Tim Sum Beancud Prawn RollBeancurd Prawn Roll ($2.80)

These beancurb prawn roll came really late.  It is quite tasty but I hardly can really taste the prawn as the beancurd skin seems to steal the thunder of this dish.

Swee Choon Tim Sum Law Mai KaiLaw Mai Gar / Chicken Glutinous Rice ($2.50)

This Law Mai Gar or glutinous rice with chicken and mushroom is also one of the signature item in Swee Choon.  It is really very tasty with the rice to be quite grainy and not mushy like those you have in some places.  The chicken and mushrooms are well marinated too.  If you are here for a proper meal, this law mai gai should make for a good order to fill your tummy.  Share if you do not want to have this by your own because one of this can be really filling.

Swee Choon Tim Sum Fried Custard PumpkinFried Custard Pumpkin ($1.80)

These bright and vibrant looking fried custard pumkin adds a special dimension to the table.  The fried pumkin which is the outer layer reminds me of my childhood where my uncle used to sell banana fritters at his hawker stall, however his rendition is sweet potato.  One major grouse is how oily the fried custard it.  This really discount a lot of my like factor from this otherwise cute looking dish.

Swee Choon Tim Sum Portugese Egg TartPortuguese Egg Tarts ($3)

These Portuguese egg tarts make for a nice finish of the dim sum meal.  The exterior is crispy and the egg custards are just the right sweetness and taste great.  I also recommend this egg tarts to end your meal with.

Swee Choon Tim Sum Shop Front

As you can see from the price, most of the items are priced very reasonably.  In fact I would say some are really value-for-money.  I think that is also one of the reason why there is a long queue forming just after they are open.  Few dim sum place serve such cheap and good dim sum, so this is a rare gem.  There are more items in the menu and I felt so compelled to visit them again very soon.

I want to thank my reader amonwong for suggesting this place and his kind patience for waiting for this blog post!

Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant |  瑞春点心拉面小笼包
191 Jalan Besar
Singapore 208882
Contact Number:62257788
Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday : 6 pm to 6 am
Close on Tuesday

Note: 
No reservations. 
Payment is by Cash and NETS only.

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