The Place Located in Yishun Junction 9, Chao Yue Xuan Dim Sum (潮粤轩点心) is a relatively new Dim Sum restaurant opened by Chef Vanness Chai, previously from The St. Regis Singapore. I did a takeaway last week when dine-in wasn’t permissible, where the causal setting space of the restaurant isn’t that big.
The Food The Dim Sum selection on the menu is very wide, with more than 40 options where prices start from S$1.50 for Plain Congee and S$2.50 for Steamed Plain Cheong Fun.
I managed to order/takeaway a few dishes and granted that my experience is definitely not as good as dining in the restaurant. The Baked BBQ Pork With Sesame Pastry (S$3.20/2 pcs) is almost like my litmus test of dim sum standards at every restaurant. This version wasn’t as hot when I had it at home, and is passable for me in terms of taste.
One dish I enjoyed is the Meat Dumpling In Chili Oil Noodle (S$5.50). Lovely flavour for the noodles, while the dumpling could do with a little more spice.
The Steamed Siew Mai 3pcs With Fish Roe (S$4.20/3 pcs) can’t go very wrong, a relatively decent size here.
I also like the Deep-fried Lobster Roll With Cheese (S$5.50/2 pcs), where the texture is crispy with a slight tinge of cheese within such that it doesn’t taste too incompatible.
I like the crispy, thin texture of the Deep-fried Crispy Prawn Roll With Cheong Fun (S$5.50) drenched in the dark sauce.
My least favourite of the lot is the Steamed Yam Ball Stuffed With Coconut Cream & Mushroom Bun (S$4.50/3 pcs), which is somewhat a more dessert rather than savoury item. The bun is quite tasteless while I really can’t appreciate the yan taste here. Needless to say, I didn’t even finish it.
I also like a good Bolo Bun and it is really difficult to come across a good version. Alas, the Baked Crispy Honey BBQ Pork Bolo Bun (S$3.50/2 pcs) is not as buttery as I like. My favourite version currently is still the ones from Champion Bolo Bun.
Rants Yishun is far from most parts of Singapore and this is not even near Yishun Central. Expect long queues during meal times as well, or so I heard.
Will I Return Again? I’m keen to dine in at Chao Yue Xuan Dim Sum to give it another try if I’m in the north, even though there are some hits and misses for me this time round.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Ranted by The Ranter