The Place As one of the oldest Cantonese restaurants in Singapore, Red Star Chinese Restaurant is no stranger to the older folks and Dim Sum lovers out there. I like the nostalgic dining atmosphere of Red Star as the whole place exudes the old Hong Kong vibe, especially when you can still see Dim Sum push carts around which is a rare sight in Singapore nowadays. Do you know that the restaurant has been around since 1974? That is more than forty years in Singapore! Red Star Chinese Restaurant is located at level 7 of Blk 54 Chin Swee Road, with the nearest MRT station being Chinatown station. You can’t miss the signs along the way.
The service here has totally integrated the essence of Hong Kong service standards as well and I find it extremely difficult to get the attention of the service staff. Due to the popularity of Red Star, be prepared to queue up to 30 minutes or longer if you arrived beyond 1030am during the weekends. Unfortunately, no reservations are taken for the Dim Sum seating which lasts from as early as 730am till 3pm. Our advice is to avoid Sundays and plan a visit on a Saturday instead, as it is significantly less crowded on Saturdays.
The Food One of the main reason my family and I have been returning to Red Star over the years is the dim sum trolley. Once you have grabbed your table and chosen your tea, there will be dim sum carts with various dim sum dishes making their rounds around the restaurant. Pick, choose and let the staff know what you are looking for.
We have to have our Siew Mai (S$4.70) everytime. This version is decent at best, not the best around as the shrimps are very small and I could barely taste it.
The BBQ Char Siew Soh (S$4.70) is one of my favourite dim sum dish. Sad to say that the ones here are usually not that hot, as I reckon it depends on your luck. If you managed to get hold of the ones fresh from the oven, good for you.
Mushroom Fish Meat (S$4.70) is probably only found at Red Star. This dish is my mum’s favourite, as the taste is somewhat like fishball but you get a more intense taste of the fish paste.
One of the best dish here at Red Star for me is the Scallop Rice Roll (S$4.70). This is the saving grace of Red Star as I think the standard of this Scallop Chee Cheong Fun has stayed relatively consistent throughout the years.
Will I Return Again? It is not easy for a restaurant to stay relevant for more than forty years in Singapore. While I wouldn’t proclaim the dim sum to be the best at Red Star, the nostalgic ambience is the main reason to return.
Taste bud: 3/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3/5
Red Star Chinese Restaurant
54 Chin Swee Road
Tel: +65 6532 5266
Ranted by The Ranter