Food Review: Sum Dim Sum At Jalan Besar | Is The Pandan Crispy Pork Bun The Only Saving Grace?

The Place Located along Jalan Besar Road, Sum Dim Sum is a few months old Dim Sim restaurant which is located just one street from the famous Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant. The contemporary looking restaurant occupies a narrow shophouse space which is in my opinion, a bold head on competition with the well-established Swee Choon just a stone’s throw away. Does it live up to expectations?


The Food There are at least 40 dishes on the Dim Sum menu with most of the items priced moderately below S$5. I started with the Fresh Prawn Dumpling with Asparagus (S$4.90), a small twist to the traditional ‘Har Gow’. With a thin skin filling, this dumpling didn’t leave much of an impression on me despite adding asparagus to the filling.

The Scallop Rice Roll (S$7.90) I had is wrapped with small scallops within the rather thin rice roll. The flavour is not too bad, while the scallops are fresh. Nothing out of the ordinary though.

Skip the Pan Fried Carrot Cake (S$4.50) which lack the aromatic flavour I was expecting. The texture of the fried carrot cake is also too soft.

The Deep Fried Shrimp Dumpling with Salad (S$4.50) is not worth the calories as well. It would be better if the fried dumpling is crispier.

I also tried the Hong Kong Style Porridge (S$4.90), which come across as bland and I have had better ones at other chain restaurants. Skip this.

Would you wait 45 minutes for an item in a dim sum restaurant? That happens to my order of the Signature Crispy Pork Bun (S$6). My first thought was that it reminded me of Tim Ho Wan’s famous crispy buns, except that this version is infused with pandan hence the slightly green outer layer. The texture of the bun is crispy and the pandan flavour is quite aromatic. I am glad the dish lives up to its signature name.

Rants The service staff have fleeting attention during my meal and while I have asked a few times on my order of the Signature Crispy Pork Bun, it still took 45 minutes of this to be served. The only reason I didn’t cancel the order is because every dish prior to the pork bun (which was my last item to be served due to the long wait) was mediocre at best and I just have to be fair by trying Sum Dim Sum’s signature item.

Will I Return Again? I had an average dining experience at Sum Dim Sum and it is not a restaurant which I see myself returning.

TheRantingPanda says:
Taste bud: 3/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Ambience: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3/5

Sum Dim Sum
161 Jalan Besar
Singapore 208876
Tel: +65 9005 9381

Opening Hours
Daily: 11:30am to 01:30am

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