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Oct 5, 2013 04:27 AM

Kuala Lumpur - Dim sum lunch at Grand Harbour Restaurant (大港茶楼)

Lunched at one of KL's most popular dim sum spots for the moment:

- Pumpkin puffs - the mashed pumpkin filling was not sweet as I expected. The crusty cloak, similar to those for "wu kok"/yam puffs were crisp and greaseless.

- "Lor mai kai" - steamed glutinous rice topped with pork, char-siu, shitake mushrooms and Chinese waxed sausages. The rendition was blander than those I'd tried in other places - more Chinese rice wine marinade or ginger juice would have perked up the dish.

- Swan-shaped durian puffs - beautiful to look at: wonderfully delicate pastrywork, strong durian-scented filling which suits local palate here in KL. Again, the pastry shells were practically greaseless eventhough they're deep-fried.

- Shrimp dumplings with quail's eggs - bland.

- Custard-filled mochi with freshly-grated coconut - nice and chewy mochi enclosing soft custard centre. The rendition here is, yet again, not as sweet as elsewhere.

Overall, the dim sum are beautiful, but, unfortunately, a bit of a let-down tastewise.

Best item at lunch? The iced HK-style milk tea.

Address details
Grand Harbour Restaurant (大港茶楼)
LG2-01, Fahrenheit 88
179, Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2141 1660

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  1. So cute! Such a pity if, like you said, the taste did not measure up to the presentation.

    1. Back to Grand Harbour this evening - a dim sum item which I quite liked: the teapot-shaped steamed bun containing custard enriched with salted duck's egg-yolk.

      2 Replies
      1. re: klyeoh

        liu sha bao are so good although really easy to screw up

        the dim sum looks like it came out of a japanese anime haha

        1. re: Lau

          Pretty-looking stuff. But tastewise, dim sum in KL lag behind HK or Singapore.