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Genting Palace Chinese Restaurant

We originally wanted to try out Genting Palace for dinner on our first night at Genting Resorts World, ie Saturday. However, we were told that our meal card would not be valid because the restaurant was already pretty full! Imagine my disappointment because I was all ready to go try out some abalone and other Chinese favourites! Imagine the effort I had to make when the Partner suggested going to a Western restaurant instead. The Partner doesn’t fancy abalone you see, he thinks it’s tasteless!

Anyway, I managed to check out Genting Palace for dim sum brunch the next day. Just so that we would not be faced with another Full House, we dragged ourselves out of bed at 8am, which for me is considered a substantial feat. I’m not one to jam-pack a gazillion activities during my holidays. I like to take it slow and savour every single moment.

As with most of the eateries in Genting, Genting Palace was priced slightly on the high side, as compared to a similar restaurant in Singapore. Well I guess it’s to be expected for touristy locations.

The dim sum here is quite okay. There are several nice dishes, but also several very unremarkable dishes. An interesting point to note is that most of the dim sum that came in the metallic containers were not piping hot, which would have contributed to the average experience. Those dim sum dishes that were served piping hot were very enjoyable.

Genting Palace - (2)

Genting Palace looks very traditional, like the Chinese restaurants of yore in Singapore.

Genting Palace - Deep Fried Cheese Roll RM10

Deep Fried Cheese Roll RM10

This was one of the best dim sum dishes amongst all the stuff that we ordered. It was packed full of prawns and there was a nice oozy bit of cheese right in the middle. This came piping hot too. It seems that those dim sum served on the white dishes are made to order?

Genting Palace - Sliced Duck Roll

Sliced Duck Roll

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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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Victoria Peak at Suntec Convention Centre


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

Pearl River Palace at Suntec Singapore Convention Centre – CLOSED

Update: With great sadness, I announce that Pearl River Palace will be closing down for good from 3 January 2011. (Closing down = Poof, no more there! It’s not moving somewhere else so don’t google for it!) Victoria Peak Restaurant is set to move in 18 January 2011. I only hope that Victoria Peak’s dim sum is as good as Pearl River Palace’s. If not, that’s 1 less place to have good dim sum in Singapore.

Where to find the best dim sum in Singapore? In my opinion, Pearl River Palace is one of the best places to have Dim Sum (also known as Yum Cha). The Dim Sum and service is hotel standard even though the prices are not. I always think that the mark of a good restaurant is seen in its Har Gow. Pearl River Palace’s Har Gow has humongous and succulent prawns in them, wrapped up in a deliciously thin and light dumpling skin. It’s making me salivate just thinking about it!!!

Each basket costs about $4, which is pretty much the same price as any other cheaper looking restaurant. Being located in the convention centre, their restaurant is humongous. You can almost always get a table on the weekends even if you don’t make a reservation.

Ask for a table by the windows and you can watch the world go by as you dine. PRP also has a buffet Dim Sum for about $35, which you should only go for if you are extremely hungry.


Siew Mai with roe


Xiao Long Bao – Minced Pork and soup in a little parcel


Crystal Dumpling with baby abalone


1 Raffles Boulevard

Level 3

Singapore 039593

Tel: 63329733

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