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2019-01-26 6280 views
One Dim Sum (一點心) was a low key dim sum restaurant serving basic traditional dim sum to the local public. Then it garnered a Michelin star in 2011 and then the tourists came. A Michelin star place that people can afford to eat. It was noted in all the tourist guide books and long queues formed. It became so popular, it moved to a bigger shop across the street. So beware to not go to the old location that may still be listed in tourists books that are not updated. That one across the street, tho
The inside of the new place is just as cramped but it seems they made it nicer looking.
When you arrive, get an order form from the staff at the door. It's in Chinese but they have an English and Chinese menu available. And I noticed if they see you are tourists, they will give you a book with photos of each dim sum. There is no 10% service charge. Now, here is where it gets confusing. Once you decided what you want, hand that order form to the staff. Then they will give you a number so you can wait to go in. I noticed that if you are a tourist (who are probably confused and didn't know to hand in your order form). they will show those people in first. So, as you are probably a local, hand in your order or they will ignore you and keep letting tourists in. Or I noticed you can be like the few grumpy old people who stood next to the staff and kept nagging her to give them a table. That person got showed in quickly as well.
Deep Fried Glutinous Rice Pork Dumplings ($18). These were very crunchy but not much filing. Savory but a bit average.
Beef in Rice Roll ($23). The skin was a bit thick and the beef had a spongy texture.
Spring Rolls ($20). Very crunchy and not too oily. The filling was a bit odd as it included vermicelli and cabbage.
Chicken Feet in Black Bean Sauce ($21). This was pretty good. The marinade was intense but not too salty.
Steamed Beef Stomach Sheets with Scallion ($26). Boyfriend felt these were very spicy but oddly, I didn't find it too spicy. So odd as I can't eat too spicy. But it was ok for me. I could handle it. The heat lingered but only on the tongue area and didn't burn. This tasted pretty good.
Prawn Dumplings ($30). The har gaw was great. The skin was thin yet not sticky. I've been to so many where the skin stuck to my chopsticks and then promptly fell apart. The prawn filling was fresh and firm. Probably one of the best I've had in a long time. And for this price!
Steamed BBQ Pork Buns ($18). This was ok. The bun was fluffy but the char siu lacked a bit of taste.
Pork Dumplings ($29). These were good as well. The meat was firm. Only topped with a bit of crunchy roe.
Taste was ok and wasn't astounding. But for the price, pretty good bargain. Compared to Tim Ho Wan, I thought this place was far better. I appreciate they just served traditional basic dim sum. No strange character buns. No weird flavored wasabi mixed dumplings. Just basic and traditional. Service was good as they kept refilling your cup of tea. And I think they are used to tourists taking photos of the food as they knew exactly how to place the dim sum when it arrived. It's ok and I would bring my tourist friends here. But I don't think I'd queue up again for it.