The Place After my visit to Sum Dim Sum, a few readers recommend me to try Dim Sum Haus, which has been around in Jalan Besar for a few years. It was packed on a Saturday lunch, and the setting of Dim Sum Haus reminds me of those casual tea houses in Hong Kong. The name literally translates to 点心好. Interestingly, Jalan Besar is fast becoming a dim sum enclave with the likes of the nearby Sum Dim Sum and Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant.
The Food The dim sum items here are pretty extensive and are prepared freshly on site. I started with the Fried Carrot Cake With XO Sauce (S$6.60), which has a nice crispy texture to the cubes of carrot cake and the CO sauce flavour is on point.
The Steamed Charcoal Chicken & Shrimp Dumpling (S$5) deviates from the usual Siew Mai as it comes in a black charcoal version. Taste wise, it is not much different from the regular Siew Mai as there is really not much flavour in charcoal per se.
I like the Deep Fried Shrimp Dumpling (S$4.80), which has a good portion of shrimp within and the texture is very crispy.
I tried the Pan Fried Mushroom Bun (S$5.60) because I love mushrooms. Other than it looks like a mushroom, the bun is filled with mushroom as well. It would have been better if the bun has a more crispy crust.
The Baked BBQ Pork Pastry (S$5.50) is decent, though not as good as the version I had at Canton Paradise. The flavour of the crust could be more buttery.
Skip the Xiao Long Bao (S$4.50), where the skin is too thick for my liking.
The Baked Salted Egg Custard Bun (S$5.80) is very good, where the crust of the bun is crispy and you get a nice smooth flow of the custard. Just be cautious while eating as the custard may “explode” all over the place.
For drinks, the Three Layer Milk Tea (S$3.50) is a decent rendition of Hong Kong style milk tea though the tea flavour could have been more intense.
Rants Be sure to reserve ahead as queues may get long, not a pleasant experience when you have to queue in like in the outdoor. The tables of the restaurant are also placed too closely.
Will I Return Again? As opposed to Sum Dim Sum, I enjoyed my experience at Dim Sum Haus better as the quality of the items are generally better. The dining vibe is casual and it helps that this is a place where you can enjoy all-day dim sum till the late night.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Dim Sum Haus
57 Jalan Besar
Tel: +65 6909 0777
Tuesday to Friday: 11:30am to 3pm; 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Saturday to Sunday: 10:30am to 10:30pm
Closed on Monday
Ranted by The Ranter