Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Smacking Good Dim Sum @ Yum Cha

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Before I leave you with all the utmost ridiculously delicious-looking pictures of dim-sum, I would like to know what crossed your mind when you heard of the term "Yum Cha"?

What crossed my mind was this commercial on television years ago. If you are near my age, you would probably be able to relate to that. Sometimes, tv commercials are strangely part of a good childhood too, aren't they?


I had my sister watch this with me after all these years to reminisce the old times. Haha.
I still remember I was quite young when this commercial appeared and it left quite an impact on me that time and really made me want to try Yum Cha someday. But of course, I was too young to remember that.

Until just a few days ago, I got to indulge in the all the delicious dim sum they offered there through a food-tasting event for my very first time. I am honestly amazed and surprised at how they make each dim sum so tasty and different from the ones I have tasted.

A short introduction about them...
Yum Cha Restaurants offer a unique dim sum experience with over 80 items on the menu giving customers plenty of choices to try all types of dim sum, be it traditional or contemporary. They bring back the good old nostalgia of Chinese tradition with the push-carts, wooden chairs and round marbled tables around the restaurant. 

Signature Dim Sum items includes 
Xiao Long Bao
Prawn Dumplings
Shark's Fin with Meat Dumpling
Fish Roe Siew Mai
Phoenix Claw
Paper Chicken Wings
Prawn & Mango Sesame Fritters
Baked Mini Egg Tarts
and Crispy Red Bean with Banana.

What'd I tell you? Even if you're not from that era, you'd still get that nostalgic feeling from choice of furniture and decorations, huh?






ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR MOUTH-WATERING EXPERIENCE ON SCREEN? *i'm sorry for you. but it's never too late to head down to try them all for yourself after reading! 

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1) Fish Roe Siew Mai


I have tried Siew Mai probably a thousand times in my life. *didn't really count-of course you know that But this one at Yum Cha really surprised my taste buds. I have never had a siew mai with the "bouncy" texture! It tasted reallyyy good I couldn't help but have more. 

I usually cannot have too many siew mai because of how it is filled with meat and too much can be an overkill. But I was taken aback by these ones I could probably have many and not feel sick. 

I learnt that they have more prawns than meat in the siew mai and that might be the reason why! This is a must-try! 

2) BBQ Pork Buns

One of the most common dim sum you cannot tell me you don't know. It's basically Char Siew buns. It tasted average to me. 
The taste of pork was just like a normal char siew bun; sweet but not too sweet. (:

3) Yum Cha Prawn Dumpling

My absolute favourite to-order dish whenever I have dim sum! I was so eager to order this. I must say, I am not amaze at all that it didn't disappoint after having tried their siew mai. 

Their prawns are really heaven-made. From the prawn dumplings I've tried before, it is hard to find one that knows how to make the outer layer right. Most of the ones I had either had them too hard, too thick or too dry. 

Yum Cha really lived up to my expectations. The outer layer was just right! It was soft and combined with their heavenly prawns, I had a foodgasm. I mean, just look at how I smile with that dumpling. We're basically best friends!

Here's a brief sample of how their prawns look like - 


4) Squid Ink Dumpling

This dish attracted my attention. I was pretty curious to try this as I have never ever heard or seen it before. Have you?
My initial thought was "maybe it tastes weird" But yet again, I was wrong. It actually tasted good! 

It had that that same mouthwatering texture as siew mai but except it had a more unique taste to it. It was something different which is a new experience for my taste buds. Haha. If you're interested in trying something new, pick this! 

 5) Custard Buns

This was a heat and very popular among people just a few months ago but it died down a little, I noticed. Haha. Sometimes food have trends too. 

Personally, I haven't tried much of custard buns. The one at Yum Cha was only my second time. I find it a tad bit too sweet for me. And the bun might be too thick as well. 

To sidetrack a little, I always have trouble eating custard buns right..

LOL. They always end up flowing out by the sides of my mouth.

6) Xiao Long Bao

Another one of those popular dishes ordered when it comes to dim sum. This was quite the heat among the bloggers who were there. I remember they ordered a lot of this. 

Just something to add, I have seen a number of Xiao Long Bao not being able to grasp the skill of making the perfect outer layer of it. It has to be soft and not too thick. The concept is just like the outer layer of prawn dumplings. 

I thought Yum Cha grasped it really well though. As you can probably tell from the picture, the outer layer is thin and soft enough. Of course, the bits of soup inside were great as well.

7) Scallop Pea-Shoot Dumpling

Another new dim sum I tried! It looks rather interesting, don't you think? I loved it. I think their dumplings are simply amazing. 
This is the third time I am mentioning about the texture of it. If you don't know what texture I am talking about, you have to try it! 

I always look out for the natural sweetness when it comes to scallops. Some places just lack in those, you might be surprised. I was glad it left me with satisfaction (:

8) Beancurd Roll with Superior Sauce

This was a special one. This one is with sauce; pretty different if you compare to all of those above. It tasted a little like fish cake to me but with a little twist of flavours. Probably a result of the superior sauce and beancurd. All of those made it into quite the scrumptious dish.
Valerie thought it tasted like ngoh hiang which I don't think so HAHA

9) Lotus Leaf Glutinous Rice
Meh not that impressive...
 Until you saw this! 
And this!

My first look at it and I thought, "this must taste pretty bland". Because it looked bland! I love how food never ceases to amaze me by proving i'm wrong.

I had just a tiny bit of it and I am convinced this  glutinous rice is fragrant and worth trying. Surprise, surprise. I wonder how many surprises have I got from food already. I don't mind more.

10) Paper Chicken Wings

I think this screams "TRY ME" just by looking at the name and the picture, doesn't it? A lot of bloggers gave really positive feedback about these chicken wings when they tried it. 

I personally feel that they probably put hours and hours of hard work into it to come up with chicken wings this flavourful. It was a pleasant taste to savour. 

11) Century Egg Lean Meat Congee

Ordered something extra to try so that I'd be able to provide more feedbacks! I thought their congee was filled with that aromatic flavour that all congees should have. The saltiness was just right. 

12) Fresh Prawn Rice Flour Roll

Also popularly known as chee cheong fun! I didn't manage to try the ones with prawns but only the following one. But I am sure it tasted good because their prawns never fail to satisfy stomachs(as proved from previous dim sums mentioned)

13) BBQ Pork Rice Flour Roll

I was even more convinced that the the one with prawns will taste good after I had my chance in tasting the one in BBQ Pork. Again, major point of making a rice flour roll taste good is its outer layer! 
This one was smooth and thin. Really enjoyable to have it in your mouth. Yum! 

14) Crispy Red Bean with Banana

To be honest, I am not a big fan of goreng pisang so you could probably imagine why this was not to my liking.. However, some bloggers commented saying this was good. So if you enjoy eating goreng pisang and want to try something different, you should give this one a go ;)

15) Prawn Mango Sesame Fritters

Oh I know! I'm sorry I didn't get to take a picture of it! But I did get to try it. Valerie loved it because she pretty much love everything with mango. Haha
But I believe you would love this too! 

The inside comes with mango and prawns, to state the obvious. The taste is just filled with rich fragrance. 
You can probably imagine why with the combination of the texture of their amazing prawns, sweetness of mango and that outer layer of crisp. 

16) Crispy Silver Fish

which is the one at the top. I did not get to try the one at the bottom but it's called 17) Crispy Vegetarian Spring Roll. 
Anyway, I didn't taste much of silver fish on that plate. It is crispy though, just like how the name of the dish calls it. 
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I am slightly guilty about not being able to review every one of the food that was brought to the table that day because I did not manage to try all of them. 

18) Shark's Fin with Meat Dumpling
Definitely going back to try this. Simply because it looks too good to resist. (I think I may be influenced by how good their dumplings are)


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DESSERT TIMEEEEEE

19) Baked Mini Egg Tarts

I think the picture speaks for itself. That shiny yellow centre that makes you want to salivate or gomble it down whole. The crust is not of those like the pineapple tarts but more like the portuguese egg tarts you know. 

I think it's extremely important for pastries to not be overly sweet. This one definitely got it right!

20) Chilled Mango Pudding

21) Pomelo Sago in Mango Juice

Mmm it tasted alright to me. Just like how it would taste like when you buy it from dessert stores outside. But I think it's a great choice of dessert after dimsum because it is kind of refreshing.

22) Osmanthus Cake

I was hoping for a more jelly-like texture but this may be a little sticky in my opinion. The taste of it was fine though.

23) Glutinous Rice Ball in Ginger Tea

For those of you who are not into cold desserts, they do offer hot ones too. The very common dessert which I think all of you know. This one was in black sesame. I enjoy the sweetness in black sesame glutinous rice balls anytime.
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My stomach was SO bloated after all the food. So was Valerie! We have been well-fed! Thank you Yum Cha @ ChinaTown for the generous amount of food. I really enjoyed myself and will definitely go back again for more! 

I think it's safe to say all bloggers did (:
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Interested to get your hands on some mouth-watering dim sum? 
I had mine at -

Yum Cha Chinatown

20 Trengganu Street 
(Off Temple Street) #02-01
Singapore 058479
Tel: 63721717

Opening Hrs:
Weekdays: 11am - 11pm
Sat, Sun, Public Holidays: 9am - 11pm


Thank you for reading! 
Love,
Cheryl

Friday, February 21, 2014

My Hunt For Nude Pumps

You must be thinking what is so interesting about my hunt for my nude pumps for Chinese New Year. Truth is, well, it is not directly about my hunt. It was the food I had while hunting for my pumps. Haha. Although my hunt did not exactly go well at Jcube & Westgate because I ended not buying anything from there, I did, however, get to try some new food at 2 new places which I have never tried before. (:

It has been such a long time since I shared about food I can't remember the last time I did it. I missed it! I'm sure you guys enjoy looking reading and looking at food more than my face. *don't tell me 

BANGKOK JAM
Love their coasters

Don't make fun of me for only having try Bangkok Jam for the first time ok. I am guessing a lot of you have tried it thousands of times. But some of you haven't, I'm sure of it! *at least let me believe it

I wasn't very sure of what to order because I don't know if every dish would suit my taste so I decided to go safe and ordered a plate of spaghetti in some coconut gravy. 


At least I thought it was safe before I tasted it.. Maybe it was the coconut gravy I am not used to but it kind of tasted a little like vomit to me but don't take my word for it. My mom tasted it and she kind of liked it. So I switched my dish with hers(with was a much much safer dish fyi).

TADAH. Initially my mom's dish until I ditched mine.

It was basically 星洲米粉(I tried translating it but it was weird but it's vermicelli ) where you can get at a Zi Char stall. So yeah it was safe alright.. And so it actually tasted pretty good to me. (:

I was thinking of going for Pad Thai which is also in my list of "safe choices" but I thought why not try something new but safe instead of trying a Thai food you already tried before. My sister had that as her choice though. Regret not going with that, obviously.


She said it was gooooood. So you may want to choose this instead of my spaghetti dish if you are not very sure of Thai dishes. Haha

Mom HAD to order some extra side dishes because that's what she does -.- From that face, you can tell I wasn't looking forward to it what with the "staying on the safe side" thing going on. 

 The one of the left side is kind of like a Popiah; thai edition. To be honest, I was pretty worried at how it would taste, that it would not be appealing to me. But to my surprise, it tasted not so bad. Fresh, I guess? With all vegetables inside. (no chives or parsley, thank god) <-- i="" main="" my="" those="" were="" worries="">

The one on the right are their chicken wings? Question mark because they were all strangely small with not much meat in each of them.. Are chicken wings in Thailand like these? They tasted like average though. Just not very satisfying not having much meat. Haha

This dish took me by complete surprise. I thought it was really interesting how they could make a fruit into a side-dish like this. Really creative. (: 
If you can't make it out, it is Pomelo they are using. It tasted pretty good  with the combination of Pomelo's slight sourness and sweetness with how they top it off with some cashew nuts and slight spicy sauce. 

If you need more details or intend to try Bangkok Jam, the information and link may help! 


Great World City
1 Kim Send Promenade
#02-26
Singapore 237994
Tel: 6732 4523

Wheelock Place
501 Orchard Road 
#02-04/05
Singapore 238880
Tel: 6836 0989

Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Road
#03-85
Singapore 238839
Tel: 6341 9188

JEM
50 Jurong Gateway Road,
#03-21
Singapore 608549
Tel: 6268 9960 
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After our lunch at Bangkok Jam, Valerie came to join us for a slight 30 minutes(lol not exaggerating). We just couldn't miss taking pictures while we can. 


 You are allowed to ignore my nostrils because nobody's nostrils are flattering...

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It was kind of sad she had to leave after our short 1 minute photo-taking session and couldn't join us for dinner. 

Which brings me to my next new dining place I have to share with you! 

MENYA MUSASHI
It is one of the most unique Japanese restaurants I have seen. The dishes it serves are interesting like ones I have never seen before. Especially when it comes to how they have options between BLACK, WHITE and SPICY soup. And with the options of whether you want the noodles and soup to be together or have them separated. 

White and spicy soup seems a little too common. What aroused my curiosity was the black soup. Something I have never tried before. SO I WENT FOR IT. 


I was praying it doesn't stain me teeth like Squid Ink Spaghetti does. Haha, no i'm kidding. I was just hoping.
I am pretty sure it was mentioned that the black soup consists of garlic. The taste turned out to be pretty good except that it's too salty. 

The Cha Shu did not turn out to be as good as I expected it to be. I don't remember having a disappointing Cha Shu in a Japanese Restaurant before.. The meat was too hard for a Japanese Cha Shu and also doesn't taste right..

I guess I was pretty lucky I didn't order it together with noodles in it. Unlike my sister and mom who ordered  the same dish but of white soup. 

Guess they would regret ordering it like that because their soup are all too salty to drink. But it's good if you just eat it the way I did. Separately. So you only need to dip it before you eat. ;)

My aunt ordered the spicy one. Looks pretty good huh. Curious enough to make you go try?

On top of all that, we also ordered a pudding as dessert. 

 I thought it was a bowl in a bowl initially. Did you?


Didn't know that was pudding. Haha, that is pretty embarrassing. But so did  everyone else who were present there, in my defence! 

Anyway, the pudding is of black sesame. Ordered by my mom because she has quite the obsession with black sesame desserts. It was a little bland and very milky, which is acceptable after all the heavy-tasting noodles and soup we had. 

Alright, if I managed to make you hungry and tempted, I have a website of theirs which shows their menu and more information if you need any! 


I was going to post their store locations but there are wayyyy too many and they have an excellent store locator so here's a direct link to it:

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That is all I have for you now! I have a lot more food posts coming up so stay tuned ok! Subscribe to my blog at the right sidebar to keep you updated if I posted any! Or just follow my social media platforms. I do announce on there as well. Haha. See you & thank you for reading! 

xoxo,
Cheryl