Actually, that above statement is not completely accurate... I have been on a quest for good dim sum in Singapore.. and so far, many of the restaurants have been disappointing.
I have almost given up on this quest and have resigned myself to the fact that I will only have excellent dim sum a few times a year, when we go to Hong Kong.
But The Brother suggested I try out this place at Neil Road called Dim Joy. "We watched this TV program and it looks really good".
And so we went to this restaurant today.
Because there were just 2 of us, we only managed to order about 5 items on the menu:
- Ha-gao (Shrimp Dumplings) - The ultimate "test item" for any dim sum restaurant..
- Custard Buns - Steamed buns with custard
- Prosperity Pouch - Vegetables wrapped in a crepe skin and steamed
- Radish Cake with Conpoy - Steamed radish cake
- Crisp Skin Double Boiled Milk - Milk pudding with a layer of pastry on top
The Prosperity Pouches
But the Ha-gao was ordinary.. the skin was thin enough but it was a little tough. The prawns were fresh enough though.. but I couldn't taste any bamboo shoots. Still, I hoped.
Ha-gao - the item I'd always order at any new dim sum restaurant.
Any dim sum restaurant that does this really well will not fare too
badly for other items as well.. usually..
The Radish Cake didn't disappoint.. although it was more like steamed radish rather than radish cake - there weren't enough flour for the whole thing to stick together.. But it tasted good so I couldn't really complain.
Steamed radish cake.. more like steamed radish.. but still yummy
But the the meal went downwards when the Custard Buns arrived. The bun was a little tough and the custard was... a bit gross.. It was way too sweet.. the sugar didn't really melt completely such that it was still crunchy.. and I couldn't taste anything beyond the sugary sweet taste.
Our final item was dessert - Crisp Skin Double Boiled Milk. It looked really good, I have to say.. but taste-wise, it was very average.. The pastry skin was very thin but it seemed to be a completely separate item from the pudding. They just didn't go well together. I would have preferred just eating the pudding on its own.
The Custard Buns and Crisp Skin Double Boiled Milk
- items I will not order again..
Overall though, this is probably a restaurant I would come back again if I really want to have dim sum... but for now, I'm moving on to search for The One...
Dim JoyAddress: 80 Neil Road, Singapore 088842