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Sep 5, 2010 09:41 AM

Best dim sum in Singapore

I currently live in Dubai but will be traveling to Singapore in two weeks' time for several days.

Asian food is generally mediocre in Dubai and I badly miss proper dim sum and I would like to check out at least one dim sum place in Singapor, so I am now hawking for the chowhound favorite places. So what are your recommended dim sum places and why?

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  1. There are a few options: Hua Ting at Orchard Hotel, Jade Palace at Forumn, Lei Bai at Sheraton Tower. And then you have Crystal Jade, Imperial Treasure, Lei Garden chains of restaurants that are quite reliable. They are all decent Dim Sum places; if I have to choose the "best", I would probably opt for Hua Ting though I have not been back there lately for quite sometime.

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    1. re: FourSeasons

      I haven't been to Hua Ting for a while, too. But Hua Ting's Executive Chef Chan Kwok is still the de facto #1 Cantonese chef in Singapore.

      1. re: FourSeasons

        Tried Jade Palace @ Forum - thank you for the tip. Best egg custard tarts ever!! Super flaky shell, smooth, vanilla filling. Xiao long bao nice broth, but texture not as fab as Din Tai Fung. Baked pork bao amazing - very tender, excellent flavor.

        Went @ 2pm, not to much wait (we booked a table tho); pretty steep price -- 2 kids, 2 parents stuffed for SG$80 :)

      2. My personal faves are:
        - Crystal Jade Palace, Ngee Ann City - super-fresh dim sum as its business is super-busy. Be early & try to book ahead though - getting a table there can be a pain. Exquisite har-gows (shrimp dumplings), cha-siu bau (steamed barbecued pork buns) and century-egg/pork congee. The closest you can get to HK standard dim sum in Singapore;
        - Lei Garden, Chijmes - an old favorite, has a wide spread of dim sum choices to choose from;
        - Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon - I love this place for its cha-siu bau: melt-in-your-mouth;
        - Imperial Treasure, Great World City - another busy dim sum place which demands advanced booking;
        - Li Bai, Sheraton Hotel - great cha-siu sou (barbecued pork pastries)..

        Gosh, I realised that Tung Lok, best known for their "cha-siu sou" (barbecued pork pastries) - it was joint #1 for dim sum in Singapore back in the 1990s, together with Lei Garden - did not even figure in my list anymore these days.

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        1. re: klyeoh

          Hei, I like Tung Lok! I think their char-siew sou is still one of the best in Singapore. Their flagship outlet is now at Central, Clarke Quay. I miss Tung Lok at its original location in Liang Court which now only has that awful Shin Yeh as the obligatory "big" Chinese restaurant.

          One of the best dim sum I had recently is at Golden Peony in Conrad Centennial Hotel.

            1. re: schnauzie

              Has anyone tried the dim sum at Jade Fullerton Restaurant or YU cusine at Marina Bay?

              1. re: vivers

                The dim sum at YU is pretty average on their best days. I was there 3 or 4 times usually after our casino visit next door. It's very convenient as it is still empty compared to the popular and very good Imperial Treasure upstairs, so we can get a table (usually 4 or 5 of us) without any problems. The decor looked like those gaudy decorated night clubs in Tsimshatsui East in HK so may not appeal to everyone :D

                I haven't tried Jade for years already so cannot comment.