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Tim Ho Wan at Toa Payoh ERA Centre

*Media Invite*

Did you know that Tim Ho Wan has opened a 2nd outlet in Toa Payoh? Those living in the North can now have a 2nd option instead of squeezing with the crowd at Plaza Sing. In fact, I might as well announce the good news that Tim Ho Wan will also be opening a new outlet in the East at the upcoming Bedok Mall before Christmas.

I’m really looking forward to the opening of Tim Ho Wan in Bedok as well as the opening of Bedok Mall! We’ve long lamented the fact that Bedok did not have its own proper mall until about 2 years ago. Even then, Bedok Point is so small, 90% of the stuff at Bedok Point is F&B related! The entire Bedok Point does not even have a proper cafe serving 3rd wave coffee. And nope, Starbucks does not count. Anyway I digress. Smile

I had the opportunity to check out Tim Ho Wan in Toa Payoh last month just before their grand opening. I’m glad to report the quality of the food has improved vastly! I was a little hesitant to accept the invite actually, after writing a rather stark piece the 1st time round. I didn’t want to have to write another negative post so I’m really happy that Tim Ho Wan’s standards have improved.

Tim Ho Wan - Basket of Dim sum

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Tunglok Signatures Dim Sum

Happy National Day everyone!

Visited Tunglok during the Fathers’ Day weekend as my parents love having dim sum for lunch. I wonder if Dim Sum is considered to be unhealthy? Certainly if you order the fried items, those are unhealthy, but what about the steamed items? The issue is that Dim Sum is such a prawn/seafood based food, and seafood doesn’t exactly score too well in the cholesterol department. But somehow, my health conscious parents have overlooked this fact and I’m quite sure if they could, they would have dim sum every week!

We visited the Tunglok Signatures at VivoCity. We previously had a really wonderful dim sum lunch at Crystal Jade Dining IN also at VivoCity so it was only natural that we would compare the experience of Crystal Jade Dining IN with Tunglok Signatures.

I have to say, Tunglok Signatures was a bit of a let-down when compared to Crystal Jade.

  • In terms of staff service, Crystal Jade was far better. The staff at Tunglok seemed frazzled and not really interested in our presence.
  • In terms of ambience and decor, once again Crystal Jade was far better. Perhaps it was because we were seated across the clearing station and could see the mess that was stacked up. Or perhaps I just don’t like stark white tables.
  • Taste-wise, the food was more or less on par with Crystal Jade, perhaps a little under for one or 2 items. However, I did feel the portion size of the Tunglook Signatures dim sum dishes to be significantly smaller than the Crystal Jade ones.

It’s not bad dim sum that they serve, it’s just that for the same price, I think I can get a better deal elsewhere. Royal China would be another such place I would rather go to.

Tunglok Signatures Dim Sum (4)

Crystal Dumpling

Tunglok Signatures Dim Sum (7)

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Taste Paradise at ION Orchard

I normally spend about $75 for 4 people when I dine at my favourite dim sum restaurants. It helps that my favourite dim sum restaurants some how seem to have perennial promotions going on. However, the other day when I dined with my good friend YJ, I also spent $75 for 2 people. It’s a wonder how we managed to even finish the food. And tip to self, never let a guy do the ordering or all the items will most likely be fried.

Taste Paradise - Crispy Skin Pork Belly

One of my favourite all time dishes, the crispy skin pork belly. Can’t find anyone out there who dislikes this. I love how the mustard is presented.

Taste Paradise - Crispy Spring Roll with Smoked Duck Meat

Crispy spring roll with smoked duck meat – Smoked duck meat in spring roll is quite a unique dish but it was a little difficult to detect and appreciate the duck since there was very little of it.

Taste Paradise - Deep Fried Prawn in Beancurd Skin Roll

Deep fried prawn in beancurd skin. Quite nice but too oily. The skin is way to fried. I prefer the types found in Royal China where the skins still remain very thin and flat.

Taste Paradise - Deep Fried Prawn with Mango Roll

Deep fried prawn with mango roll. Also nice but too much cream in the mango roll which made this really way too sinful and hard to appreciate the mango and prawn flavours.

Taste Paradise - Har Gow

Stick to the steamed items. They are much better. The prawn dumplings were succulent, juicy and large!

Taste Paradise - Steamed Rice Roll with Scallop

Prawn rice roll

Taste Paradise - Special Fried Carrot Cake

Carrot cake fried in special sauce. Ok seriously, I didn’t really detect any special sauce and I think my neighbourhood chai tow kuay stall does a better version.

Taste Paradise - Mini Egg Tart Egg tarts

Taste Paradise - Vegetable Water

Vegetable water. Stick to tea.

Taste Paradise (2) Taste ParadiseTaste Paradise - Dim Sum Menu

This visit to Taste Paradise was rather disappointing for me. I blame it on the fact that we didn’t order the right things. My first visit to Taste Paradise was so much better.

 

Taste Paradise

No.2 Orchard Turn
#04-07 ION Orchard
Singapore 238801
Tel: 6509 9660  
Fax: 6509 9661

http://paradisegroup.com.sg/taste/

Victoria Peak at Suntec Convention Centre

***CLOSED DOWN at SUNTEC***

Still open at Orchard Central : #11-01/02 Orchard Central 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896

Just in case you didn’t already know, the Pearl River Palace that used to operate on the 3rd floor of the Suntec Convention Centre is no longer there. For quite a number of months now, Victoria Peak has been operating in it’s place. In fact, this is Victoria Peak’s 2nd outlet, the 1st being located on the 11th floor of Orchard Central! As for my beloved Pearl River Palace, it has closed for good so you won’t find it anywhere else in Singapore. I did actually enjoy dining at Pearl River Palace. The service and dim sum were exquisite!

So obviously, I had to go check out Victoria Peak to see if it would match up to the standards of Pearl River Palace. Whaddya know, upon stepping into Victoria Peak last Sunday for afternoon dim sum, I discovered that the place looks almost exactly like Pearl River Palace! The decor hasn’t changed! The only difference is that it wasn’t as crowded, the staff are no longer the same and for some strange reason, they don’t provide napkins anymore (the type you lay on your lap).

Victoria Peak is having a 30% discount on all dim sum dishes from now until perpetuity (ok the staff don’t know when the promotion ends so that means it’s relatively safe to go in the next few weeks). There was a huge signboard advertising the 30% discount, but not one of us saw it. I blame it on the throngs of New Creation Church goers who might have blocked my view of the signboard!

Victoria Peak - Deep fried beancurd skin with prawn

Deep fried Beancurd Skin with Prawn $5.50 – This is one of my favourite dishes to order whenever I have dim sum. I just love beancurd skin! This version here was not oily tasting which is good, but I thought that the prawn taste didn’t come through.

Victoria Peak - Har Gow

Steamed Shrimp Dumpling $5.50 –  Another must order for me. Dumplings were a little on the small side. Pretty good. At least the skins were nice and thin. Don’t like those dumplings with thick skins that go soggy after a while.

Victoria Peak - Siew Mai

Siew Mai/Pork Dumpling $4.80 – I liked the bouncy texture of the pork dumpling and they were quite generous with the roe at the top of the dumpling.

Victoria Peak - Prawn Rice Roll

Steamed Cheong Fun with Prawn $5.50 – This one was so so. Rice Roll felt a bit soggy and mushy. Prawns were not big enough.

Victoria Peak - Pumpkin Dumpling

Steamed Dumpling with wild mushroom in pumpkin sauce $5.50 – I have no idea how this tastes cuz this was served wrongly to our table. We spent 5 minutes trying to guess what this was, before relinquishing the dish to the wait staff. Should have quietly eaten it! And this wasn’t the only dish that was sent wrongly to our table. A total of 3 or 4 extra dishes were sent to our table! We should have grabbed them all! Even a jug of beverage was also sent to our table! At least none of the dishes we ordered went missing.

Victoria Peak - Crystal Dumpling

Steamed Vegetarian Dumpling with Spinach $4.80 – This was so so on the flavours but I liked the crunch of the ingredients. As with crystal dumplings, the skin tends to be thicker and stickier. Have you ever come across one with a thin skin?

Victoria Peak - Char Siew Pau

Steamed Barbecued Pork Bun aka Char Siew Bao $3 – Bao was pretty good. Everyone liked it as the meat tasted fresh and there was a lot of meat rather than cheap fats. I would have liked for the sauce to be slightly sweeter, but that boils down to personal preference. Bun was fluffy and light.

Victoria Peak - Vegetable Pot

Vegetable Pot $19 – Being a pescetarian, my father decided to order this to supplement the number of meat-free dim sum he consumed. I was hesitant to order this at first (I mean dim sum is supposed to be relatively veg free and I was in a dim sum mood) but it turned out to be a great dish. Everyone loved it very much! The soup broth was really flavourful and rich. The vegetables were all fresh and still had a bite to it. Really really nice and healthy too!

Victoria Peak - Crispy Noodle with Prawns Victoria Peak - Crispy Noodle with Prawns (2)

Crispy Noodle with Prawn $19 – This was also another great order although I’m not really sure if it is worth $19. There weren’t that many prawns, and noodle is cheap. Nonetheless, the thick stock that they ladled onto the crispy noodle made the noodles taste very good. The stock is provided separately so your noodles remain crispy until when you desire to have them.

Victoria Peak - Flowing Salted Egg Bun

Steamed Egg Custard Buns $4.80 – Last but not least, the flowing custard bun. Served hot with lots of oozy custard in a fluffy bun. Really no complaints here. Sorry no photo of the custard oozing out cuz it’s just tooooo precious to waste on a photo!

On the whole, I would say that Victoria Peak’s dim sum is very good, especially considering the price. For all that we ate, we spent only $79 including tea! It’s just not as good as my beloved Pearl River Palace, but I will certainly make another trip back, while the 30% discount promo is on! Remember, the discount applies only to the dim sum dishes, so if you’re ordering the crispy noodle or the vegetable pot, you have to pay full price!

Victoria Peak Restaurant

3rd Level, Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre

http://www.victoriapeak.com.sg

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