The Dim Sum Place on North Bridge Road

The Dim Sum Place
791 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198759

Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 230pm; 530pm to 11pm
Reservations: +65 6655 8787

Halal status: Halal-certified! (Only just! Check out the MUIS list on my main menu!)
Halalicious rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$37 (because we were fools and over-ordered, but it could’ve easily been S$25)
Recommended dishes: Pan-Fried Carrot Cake (S$2.90), Beef Brisket Noodle (S$12.90) Vermicelli Roll with Beef Rendang (S$8.90), Boxing Chicken (S$8.90)

Hey guys! Guess what – there’s a new halal dim sum spot in town YASSSS. We already have a couple in the west (Tang Tea House, Kowloon Express), some in the east at Simpang Bedok (Tang Tea House again, Enak Enak) and finally we have one in a more central area!

The Dim Sum Place was opened by the folks behind The Ramen Stall (click here to read my review of The Ramen Stall!), which is why they are right next to each other, on opposite sides of Jalan Klapa on North Bridge Road. The generic names of both joints are in turns hilarious and confusing (“Hey Liza let’s have dinner at The Dim Sum Place next week I’m jonesing for some halal dim sum.” “OK, what’s the name of the place?” “The Dim Sum Place, literally, hence the caps.” “Oh lol okay.”) but I guess that’s their trademark.

I actually went for the first time last week, and enjoyed the food SO much that I went back again last night, determined to try more things and re-order the stuff I liked. Full disclosure – I went with just one friend and we SPECTACULARLY over-ordered (#ramadanstomach), and ended up packing like a third of the stuff to go 😩

Anyway here is a look at the current menu, which is still in the process of being finalized and edited by TDSP!

 

 

The Dim Sum Place - Entrance

The front of the house, concealing the seating areas behind!

Upon entering The Dim Sum Place, you will be given a copy of the menu and the order sheets to fill up:

The Dim Sum Place - Order Sheet 1

I think because they’re still playing around with the menu, quite a lot of items were crossed out in red and unavailable

The Dim Sum Place - Order Sheet 2

Curious about the congee and herbal duck but haven’t tried!

We started with the Pan Fried Carrot Cake (S$2.90), which came in 3 squares with a crisp fried top garnished with some spring onions and fried shallots, as well as the sambal dip:

The Dim Sum Place - Pan Fried Carrot Cake

Pan-fried Carrot Cake (S$2.90) – 10/10

The Dim Sum Place - Carrot Cake Close-up

A closer look

Ooh! I really, really liked this! The carrot cake was savoury and tasty without being too salty. It had a soft flavourful body with a crisp top which provided a good bite. Loved the textures. Plus it’s only S$2.90?! It’s basically free. 10/10

Next we had the Deep Fried Beancurd Skin with Prawn and Fish Paste (S$4.90) which came with a side of mayonnaise and chilli dip:

The Dim Sum Place - Fried Beancurd Skin with Prawn and Fish Paste

Deep Fried Beancurd Skin with Prawn and Fish Paste (S$4.90) – 8.5/10

The Dim Sum Place - Fried Beancurd Skin with Prawn and Fish Paste 2

Mm POV shot lol.

Deep fried beancurd skin, prawns and fish paste are definitely winning ingredients for me so I was bound to like this enough. The fried rolls were moderately crispy, and the prawns within tasted fresh. However, I thought that the skin was just the slightest bit soggy and thick – I would’ve preferred a more crispy and delicate skin. I couldn’t help comparing it to the ones I had at Kowloon Express which were more flavourful and also had a better texture. 8.5/10

Next up was the very promising Smoked Peking Duck Wrap (S$11.90) which came with some hoisin sauce as well as a trio of dipping condiments comprising sugar, peanuts and mustard sauce:

The Dim Sum Place - Smoked Peking Duck Wrap

Smoked Peking Duck Wrap (S$11.90) – 8.5/10

The Dim Sum Place - Smoked Peking Duck Wrap

Yummm duck skinnnnnnn

Mmmm so I’m kind of a sucker for halal duck of any kind, because I love duck, but YUM to find halal Peking duck with the skin on is truly a bonus and a privilege! Personally I would’ve liked for the sauces to be inside the wrap, but that’s just me being lazy to take that added step of dipping (how lazy can you get?). Also I found that the skin was a little tough – I’d bite into half of the wrap and then basically be unable to bite through the skin, therefore pulling out the whole skin with my one bite. Not that big of a deal but yes I’d prefer a crispier skin. 8.5/10

We also tried the Crystal Shrimp Dumpling (S$4.90):

The Dim Sum Place - Crystal Shrimp Dumpling

Crystal Shrimp Dumpling (S$4.90) – 8/10

Well this was alright – the skin wasn’t tough which is a bonus, and the prawn tasted fresh, although I felt there was something missing because it was overall slightly bland. Give this a miss unless you’re absolutely craving prawns. 8/10

OK so one of my favourite things here is the Vermicelli Roll with Beef Rendang (S$8.90):

The Dim Sum Place - Vermicelli Roll with Beef Rendang

Vermicelli Roll with Beef Rendang (S$8.90) – 9.5/10

OOF guys this was really, really good. Maybe chee cheong fun traditionalists would hate this – one of my Chinese friends said she would’ve preferred the rendang with rice rather than the vermicelli roll, and commented that the strong rendang flavours would overpower the other dishes’ flavours. BUT! Food is subjective and I reeeeally liked the fragrant rendang gravy coating the tender beef cubes. The rendang gravy was just so, so aromatic and tasty. The vermicelli roll is a lot softer and breaks more easily than traditional cheong fun texture, but I don’t mind that here with the rendang. 9.5/10 because last week’s version tasted better somehow than this week’s!

For chicken lovers, they also offer Boxing Chicken (S$8.90), named for the shape of the chicken drumlets which resemble boxing gloves after the meat is scraped off the lower side of the drum:

The Dim Sum Place - Boxing Chicken

Boxing Chicken (S$8.90) – 9/10

The Dim Sum Place - Boxing Chicken 2

Unfffff chickennnnn

I rather liked this! The sauce is a sweet and spicy combo, further enhanced by sesame seeds which I loved. The chicken is pre-fried before being coated in the sauce, although I did wish the chicken skin had been crispier. One of the ‘safe’ items on the menu, coming in at 9/10.

And finally (omg why did we order so much food?! We’re FOOLS.), we had the Beef Brisket Noodle (S$12.90). You can choose between dry or soup; I got mine dry with the soup on the side so you can customize just how wet you want your noodles to be. We could also choose between original, spicy, and very spicy flavours, so like Goldilocks I went for the middle one (spicy).

The Dim Sum Place - Beef Brisket Noodle

Beef Brisket Noodle (Dry/Spicy) (S$12.90) – 10/10

The Dim Sum Place - Beef Brisket Noodles 2

OK I MEAN THIS WAS DELICIOUS

UGHHHH I wasn’t expecting to super like this but I did!! The noodle taste and texture were on point! Flavourful, and with good bite! The star of the show though was the beef brisket which had equal parts tender-as-heck meat and soft tendon! I loved it! So simple yet hearty. Please give this a try you guys!! 10/10

All in all I had a terrific time at The Dim Sum Place and am DEFINITELY planning to come back again! The food is so yummy!! And I would like to try the congee argh. Service is prompt and well-meaning. Some of the staff speak halting English, but it’s no big matter if you just fill up your order sheet and pass it to them. Last week we pulled a ” (*while pointing to a table across the room*) hey waiter could you tell us what is that thing on that table over there?”. He kind of got a little flustered and ran away to pull another staff to address our question haha ugh.

OH omg also, you know how you get SO thirsty during Ramadan, and like during iftar you literally have to take drink breaks after every 3 bites of food because you’re just so thirsty you could die? (No? Just me?) I ordered 2 glasses of Green Apple Juice (S$3.80 each) and OH BOY IT WAS SO DELICIOUS AND REFRESHING. Please try it next time! Call them now for a reservation as the tables fill up super quickly, and nothing beats that peace of mind when you know your table is secured at the dining establishment 🙂

The Dim Sum Place
791 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198759

Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 230pm; 530pm to 11pm
Reservations: +65 6655 8787

Halal status: Halal-certified! (Only just! Check out the MUIS list on my main menu!
Halalicious rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$37 (because we were fools and over-ordered, but it could’ve easily been S$25)
Recommended dishes: Pan-Fried Carrot Cake (S$2.90), Beef Brisket Noodle (S$12.90) Vermicelli Roll with Beef Rendang (S$8.90), Boxing Chicken (S$8.90)

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Kowloon Express at 321 Clementi II (Permanently Closed)

** Unfortunately Kowloon Express has ceased operations!**

Kowloon Express
321 Clementi, #01-01
Eng Wah Cinema Mall
Singapore 129905
Reservations: +65 6250 0833

Opening Hours
Daily: 11am to 10pm

Halal status: 100% muslim-owned, and MUIS certification in process
Halalicious Rating: 10/10 for Dimsum, 8/10 for noodles

Average spend per pax: S$17
Recommended dishes: Charcoal golden sand pau (S$5.20), chilli crab pau (S$5.20), har kow (S$5.20), Salted Egg Fish Skin (S$8.80)

Hey guys! It’s been well over a month since I last posted, yikes. Sorry for the radio absence but I’ve been so caught up with Raya and other things like my week-long work trip right in the middle of Syawal (downright cruel), being stricken with the flu after said trip (I get the flu once every 3 years or something), bingeing on Gilmore Girls on Netflix (again!! GG ruined my social life back in college days lol).

While we’re on the subject of TV, have you guys watched Stranger Things on Netflix? It is just SO good and the perfect combo – it’s part supernatural thriller, part sci-fi, all nostalgia. Set in the 1980s, the series opens with a terrifying scene of a scientist running away from some creature (naturally it gets him in the lift), and progresses to the mysterious disappearance of a boy Will Byers from his small Indiana town. It’s really creepy and if you’re a scaredy cat like me, I would strongly counsel against watching it alone haha. I got my whole family hooked on it and boy am I glad I don’t have to watch it alone now.

OMG anyway I’m so sorry for the novel-length opener to this post, which is supposed to be about my recent visit to Kowloon Express at 321 Clementi!

I realised that my first post on it is woefully outdated as Kowloon Express has a new, more comprehensive menu now and also they raised their prices (boo, but ok. I want them to survive!) Here’s a look:

 

So the last time I was here, they had crispy fish skin on the menu, but this time around, I realised it got majorly upgraded to Salted Egg Fish Skin (S$8.80)!!! Of course, of course, we had to get it.

Kowloon Express - Salted Egg Fish Skin

Salted Egg Fish Skin (S$8.80) – 10/10

You guys. You know like most people I have a weakness for salted egg anything, right? This exceeded my expectations. It comes out piping hot, steam and aroma rising, and the fish skin is delightfully crispy and light, with just enough coating of delicious salted egg sauce. SO DELICIOUS AND SO CRISPY. Yes. Always and forever 10/10.

My friend was also pretty hungry so we got a plate of Beef Hor Fun (S$8.90) to share:

Kowloon Express - Beef Hor Fun

Beef Hor Fun (S$8.90) – 8/10

The beef hor fun was quite good to be honest – I was a little hesitant to get it initially as I just wanted to stuff my face with baskets of dim sum, but the noodles and gravy were very flavourful, with just a hint of that charred taste (wok hei) that makes the Hor Fun less jelak. The serving of beef was also pretty generous. Our only gripe came from my friend who says they used regular kway teow noodles which are a little less broad than regular hor fun noodles. I didn’t quite mind 🙂 8/10

On to the raison d’ĂȘtre of this establishment  – the dim sum! We went with the classics again this time – the Charcoal Golden Sand Pau (S$5.20 for 3), the Chilli Crab pau (S$5.20) and the shrimp Har Kow (S$5.20 for 4):

Kowloon Express - Dim Sum Baskets

Clockwise from L to R: Charcoal Golden Sand Pau (S$5.20), Chilli Crab Pau (S$5.20), Beef Hor Fun (S$8.90), Shrimp Har Kow (S$5.20)

Kowloon Express - Table Spread

Dim sum verdict: 10/10 for all. YUMMMMM 😀

As with my previous review, all 3 were superlative. The Charcoal Golden Sand Paus (S$5.20) are just so fluffy and chewy, while the salted egg custard within is generous and the right balance of sweet and salty. You guys can check out the ooze video on my instagram @halalicioussg if you want to whet your appetites! 10/10

The Chilli Crab Pau (S$5.20) is spicy with the slightest hint of coriander, and super flavourful. And the fluffy white buns are just SO soft 😭. The prawns in the Harkow  (S$5.20) are plump and bursting with flavour! Please don’t forget to try it with the amazing home-made chilli sauce they provide in bottles. That chilli sauce is just heavenly UGH. 10/10 for both.

We were there around 3pm on a Saturday and there was barely anyone there, which meant attentive service and a very relaxed, lazy weekend vibe! Loved it. Will definitely go back here again the next chance I get!

Here are more random pictures of the place:

Kowloon Express - Bite With Caution Wall Poster

The ooze is real, guys.

Kowloon Express - Wall Decor

Kantonis! Cracks me up.

Kowloon Express -

Muslim-owned and halal, yay!

Kowloon Express
321 Clementi, #01-01
Eng Wah Cinema Mall
Singapore 129905
Reservations: +65 6250 0833

Opening Hours
Daily: 11am to 10pm

Halal status: 100% muslim-owned, and MUIS certification in process
Halalicious Rating: 10/10 for Dimsum, 8/10 for noodles

Average spend per pax: S$17
Recommended dishes: Charcoal golden sand pau (S$5.20), chilli crab pau (S$5.20), har kow (S$5.20), Salted Egg Fish Skin (S$8.80)

** Unfortunately Kowloon Express has ceased operations!**