Sunday, August 05, 2012

Old Hong Kong Kitchen (老香港小鲜) - Top 5 Dim Sum (点心) Restaurants in Singapore? @ Square 2 at Novena

The word "old" is not taken lightly by many people but when it comes to food, the very same word often relates to an establishment that has a long history and/or dictates authenticity in their offerings.

Old Hong Kong Kitchen attracted my attention not because of the word; instead, i was more curious on its award of being voted the top five dim sum restaurants in Singapore!

If there's one thing i really enjoy doing - it's to check out food outlets with top ratings and confirm/debunk the positive reviews by food connoisseurs before me.

Steamed Shrimp Dumplings
This could have been the better ones in Singapore with juicy, squishy meat. The failed part was the dry dumpling skin that could not wait to break apart upon a slight contact.

Steamed Shrimp and Pork Dumplings
Nowadays, many companies love to put mushrooms in the making of siew mai. It's good (at least for me since i love them) although too much could extremely alter  original taste.

Barbecued Pork Puff Pastry
The flakes were irritatingly good as they lacked the overly floury aftertaste that many restaurants have yet to master. The char siew filling was generous and i totally relished the aroma of sesame seeds in my mouth.

Deep Fried Spring Roll
This was ordered purely out of curiousity - the Chinese title mentioned that it's 25 centimeters! The whole effect would have been a bit more "wow" if they served it without cutting it!

Tasted alright (you could never go that wrong with pork floss and bak kwa) yet i would prefer something more substantial (this was way too thin)!

Bo Lo Bun
It's always my dream to eat a bo luo bao that has a thick, nicely baked saccharine crust with a chockful of sinful char siew in the middle!

As far as looks are concerned, these is a good example of my dream bo lo bun. Again, i don't think this is horrible yet i thought the buns sold at Crystal Jade bakery were marginally tastier.

Steamed Flour Rolls
My family always has problems whenever chee cheong fun is concerned; one like char siew, the other prefers prawn etc. To prevent the escalation of family fights in the public for chee cheong fun, Old Hong Kong introduced a 3 in 1; literally.

One had char siew, the other had prawns and the last one contained scallops! Scallops were surprisingly delicious; prawns were slightly above average whereas i could not wait (note the sarcasm) to persuade my mom to have the roll with char siew.

Egg Yolk Custard Buns
Lau sha bao is increasingly becoming a standard fare in any reputable dim sum place in Singapore and to me; it has also become a norm for me to place an order whenever i see it on the menu.

Dough? Too thick and too plain! Filling? For those who persistently complained that the egg yolk content in lau sha bao was barely discernible, please try the ones here! Their fillings were definitely the best in my opinion.

Remember - Only the filling.

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Location
10 Sinaran Drive, #02+80,
Square 2 @ novena

Operating Hours
[for Dim Sum]
10.30am till 5.00pm

Price
Steamed Shrimp Dumplings - S$4.50
Steamed Shrimp and Pork Dumplings - S$4.50
Barbecued Pork Puff Pastry - S$3.30
Deep Fried Spring Roll - S$2.00
Bo Lo Bun - S$3.60
Steamed Flour Rolls - S$5.50
Egg Yolk Custard Buns - S$3.80
[Subject to GST and Service Charge]

Promotion
20% discount for all dim sum between 2.30pm and 5pm from Monday to Saturday! If the Saturday (or any of the week day) falls on a public holiday, the discount would not be applicable.

Dim Sum Menu
As above.

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