We managed to reach our breakfast joint just past 9am and we were hungry! So many choices, so little stomach space. In the end, we managed to try 11 items and tea for RM66.
Items that we enjoyed included the herbal siew mai, herbal chicken feet, otah (aka otak-otak) and red meat roll. I also thought that the xiao long bao was not bad, but our friends preferred the Ding Tai Feng version 😛 The prawn in the har gaw was very fresh too 🙂
Ms T also enjoyed the small meat bun which she said the skin was quite stretchy and not dry… she had the skin while we had the fillings 😛
The rest were pretty standard, but the fishball was a tad too fishy for our liking.
We enjoyed the buzzing atmosphere of this place and the staff was pretty friendly. A lovely way to kick start our day trip 🙂
- Location: 11, Jalan Camar 1/3, Taman Perling, 81200 Skudai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia (Google Maps)
- Direction: 17 min drive from Johor Bahru CIQ Complex
- Website: Facebook
- Hrs: 6:30am – 4:30pm
We were checking out our Instagram feed when something caught our eye, and we found that it was near where we were! Without further ado, we went to check it out!
LoYe Dim Sum is a modern fusion restaurant that gives a twist to old-school dim sum delights to transform them into Chinese fusion delicacies!
We were initially seated at a smaller table for 2, but once a bigger table was available, we were given the option to shift 🙂
We decided to go with a few interesting dim sum items, since we were still rather full from the entire day of eating…
A popular supper dim sum place that opens everyday at 3am, we were very keen to try out the specialty 流沙飽 Custard Bun here!
We arrived at 4am, and there was only 1 available table by the entrance. The lady allowed us to change seats once another table was available, and we ended up having a good view of the kitchen!
We started by ordering 普洱 Pu-er (HK$7 per pax), our default choice.
Shortly after, we had some awesome huge 時菜四寶紮 Cabbage Rolls that were just steamed. There were so many ingredients wrapped within the cabbage!
Then, we just hung around sipping our tea, till the next item that caught our eyes – 山竹牛肉球 Beef Balls. We liked the texture and flavour 🙂
We waited for a good 1 hour before they started making the 流沙飽 Custard Buns. Finally, at 5:15am, a fresh batch of custard buns appeared! We were glad we waited for these awesome sweet and salty buns with flowy salted egg goodness!
Prices of the dim sum that we had ranged from 小點 (HK$17), 中點 (HK$18), to 大點 (HK$19), making this a really affordable meal!
- Location: 西環堅尼地城士美非路8號地下C號舖 Shop C, G/F 8 Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town, Western District (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Island Line Kennedy Town Station 港島綫堅尼地城站 (Take Exit B and walk 3 mins)
- Hrs: 3am – 4pm
Dim sum is a popular Chinese cuisine meant for sharing. And it was definitely more fun to feast with friends! Four of us shared 16 items and had a wonderful 2.5-hour lunch!
We loved the atmosphere here, plus the push-cart style service made it a lot more fun. It was a very popular restaurant, and the queue never stopped throughout our lunch.
A relatively new kid on the block, we decided to satisfy our dim sum cravings here!
Our first impressions was that this was a kids-friendly restaurant, as there were corner bumpers at all tables. The other 2 groups of customers all had kids in tow. Food started arriving within 10 minutes upon ordering.
We had past by here a few times in the evening, and it was usually very quiet. This time, we decided to come here for dim sum, resolutely walking past the relatively empty white beehoon along the way.
A heavy downpour this morning had us change our plans and we ended up having brunch at Red Star Restaurant instead.
Located on the 7th storey of an old HDB block, this was an old-school, no frills, pushcart style dim sum place. It was a rather quiet Saturday, and we were able to enjoy our food slowly and absorb ourselves in the atmosphere; hubby loved having pushcarts coming our way, as compared to the ala-carte dim sum style.
Each dim sum item ranges from $3.50 to $4.70, and tea was $2/person, plus 5% service charge and 7% GST. They now list the items (instead of just the prices) in the card where they would chop a stamp for each item ordered.
Another of our favourites back in 2011, we woke up extra early to come here for breakfast!
The food was nothing fancy, but we simply liked it because it was so old-school. It was crowded whenever we walked past, from morning to night.
At 7.30am on a Sunday morning, there were still some seats available, and we picked one that looked most airy.
We loved how the pushcarts would weave through the tables and each lady staff hawkering what they had. You just had to point at whatever you wish to eat, and they would make a mark on the ordering form with prices ranging from RM1.40 to RM11, though it appeared that the weekend specials were mostly RM6.50 each.
We finally tried Royal China Dim Sum!!
Special salad: red and orange capsicum, rock melon, pear, and spring onions, with crushed peanuts, jellyfish and crab meat, a very refreshing dish that reminded us of lo hei for Lunar New Year
海皇灌汤饺 Minced Seafood Dumpling in Superior Soup ($9.50++ per pax): The dumpling was huge and skin was thin. Soup was flavourful.
鲜虾菠菜饺 Steamed Spinach Dumpling with Prawn: We loved this! Very fragrant and simple delight.
鲜虾韭菜饺 Steamed Chives Dumpling with Prawn: The dumplings were so stuck to the paper in the steamer, we were actually quite skeptical about this item. Surprisingly, the slightly thick skin was very chewy and QQ, but it did not stick to our teeth! However, the fillings were not as aromatic as we had hoped.
香芒流沙包 Steamed Bun with Salted Egg Yolk and Fresh Mango Juice ($4.80++ for 3 pieces): This was very delicious, and the salted egg yolk flavour was really distinct. We loved that it was more savoury than sweet.
- Location: 328 North Bridge Road Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade #03-09 S(189673)
- Hrs: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30pm
Hubby had read about this supposedly famous dim sum in Chinatown, so we decided to check it out! It was rather crowded on a Friday evening, so instead of joining the queue and waiting for a table within the air-conditioned shop, we chose to take the last remaining outdoor seating. Food was served very quickly, and the staff were also very efficient at clearing the plates; they pop by to pick up the empty plates at least 3 times while we were eating. We also liked that we could order some items such as carrot cake, and custard bun by pieces instead of the usual by the trio style.