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Oct 14, 2012 01:24 AM

Singapore's Answer to Tim Ho Wan (HK)'s "Char-siu Polo Bao"

I'd previously talked about Taste Paradise ( which has, IMO, totally eclipsed Crystal Jade Palace @ Ngee Ann City in serving the *best* HK-style dim sum in Singapore.

Satisfying my almost bossesive love for "char-siu polo bao" by Tim Ho Wan, HK's ridiculously popular Michelin-starred cramped, crowded eatery (my, my, the French has *really* loosened their hoity-toity standards) had always meant a 3.5 hour flight to HK, followed by a trudge to Sham Shui Po to queue outside the hole-in-the-wall for their pillowy-soft "polo bao" buns with crisp, sweet Mexican bun crusts filled with super-caramelly "char-siu" BBQ pork filling.

These days, I don't have to do it anymore: Taste Paradise has come up with their version, which tasted every bit as delicious as its Tim Ho Wan counterpart. Had a couple of these buns during dim sum lunch today :-)

Address details
Taste Paradise (味之樓)
2 Orchard Turn #04-07
ION Orchard
Singapore 238801
Tel: +65-6509 9660

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  1. Other items during lunch today were the usual suspects:

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    1. re: klyeoh

      What were shown in the 2nd, 9th, 10th and 14th pics?

      1. re: huiray

        #2 - Mango with mayonnaise rolls - very well done here.
        #9 - Very unusual & confusingly-named dish: we asked the waitress who served us and also the restaurant captain, and both called it "Guo Tie", which we'd thought were potstickers or pork dumplings when we ordered it, but turned out to be a strudel-like pork-pastry roll topped with flaky almonds. Delicious though, so we didn't complain :-)
        #10 - Sichuanese-style pork dumplings in red chili oil (this was the *only* dish which I didn't taste today)
        #14 - The most deliciously moist rice noodles with pork, shimeiji mushrooms & egg-whites.

        1. re: klyeoh

          Forgot to post the pic of Taste Paradise' original claim-to-fame offering which we also had today: it's pan-fried Chinese radish cake ("luo buo hao") with eggs, beansprouts & Chinese XO sauce :-)

          1. re: klyeoh

            oh man i love lo bat go with XO sauce

    2. Back to Tim Ho Wan (its outlet at IFC Mall) for a reacquaintance with THW's char-siu bo lo bao - Verdict? It's official: Taste Paradise Singapore's version trumps Tim Ho Wan's *anytime*, IMO. Taste Paradise' version has a crispier, more buttery base, and with a sweeter, caramelised centre with to-die-for char-siu. That said, Singaporeans tend to prefer more assertive, stronger flavours than Hongkongers.

      THW's much talked-about pan-fried carrot cake ("lo bat gou") was also a bit too hard for my liking.

      The shoulder-to-shoulder cramped seating at communal tables hardly helped in offering a conducive eating environment, even by HK standards.

      Address details
      Tim Ho Wan
      Podium Level One, Shop 12A
      IFC Mall
      8 Finance Street
      Central, Hong Kong
      Tel: +852-2332-3078

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      1. re: klyeoh

        next time ure in HK go to Fu Sing for dim sum and try their lo bat go, its still the best version i've had (also clearly have amazing cha siu)

        1. re: Lau

          Oh, Fu Sing in Wanchai *is* my favorite restaurant in HK, and I try to go there each time I'm in town. But the 30-40 minute wait for one's food each time can really try one's patience.

          But I ran out of time and didn't manage to go back to Fu Sing this time as many of us Chowhounds flew into HK *just* for Charles Yu's special dinner. Most of us flew out of HK the very next day!

          1. re: klyeoh

            yah fu sing is probably my favorite or one of my favorite restaurants in HK as well. you had problems with food coming out slow? ive had to wait before in terms of being seated, but never really had issues with the food coming out really slowly

            wow thats some dedication for a meal haha