Established in 1962, Swee Choon Tim Sum has been serving quality dim sum in Singapore for a good 50 years and more. Finding a parking space to get here will be a problem, but I can guarantee that a bus ride there is definitely worth it! I’ve never had dim sum so good in a while!
The restaurant is located among the rows of old shop houses along Jalan Besar. The setting is perfect; you get a taste of not only good food that hasn’t changed since the past, but also that of the architecture of old Singapore that has fortunately remained in tact.
We took not time to waste and got down to ordering all the signature dishes through a check list system. When you’ve confirmed your orders, press the bell and the waiter will come to take the orders from you.
What I enjoy about eating dim sum is the small bite size portions of the dishes. Small portions + wide variety = I CAN TRY EVERYTHING ON THE MENU!! ^^ Perhaps that’s the whole idea of eating dim sum. It’s not meant to fill ou up, but serves as a small tasty snack to compliment a good hot cup of chinese tea.
If you ever go to Swee Choon Tim Sum, here are some of the dishes I’ve sampled that’s a must have. We ordered a lot of dishes, like seriously, A LOT. From Siew Mai, to Law Mai Kai, to Fan choi, Char Siew Bao, Da Bao, Har Kow, Century Egg Porridge, Carrot Cake, Mee-Suah Kueh, Xiao Long Bao, Fried Dumplings, Banana and Prawn Fritters and Portuguese Egg Tart.
Xiao Long Bao
Banana and Prawn Fritter
Char Siew Bao
Law Mai Kai
Out of all the dishes, I found the Har Kow, Mee Suah Kueh and Portuguese Egg Tarts the stars of the bunch.
The Har Kow rice skin is so soft and thin. Take a bite into this white pouch, and you get a surprisingly juicy and sweet crunch of the prawn inside.
I’ve never tried anything like this before- Mee-Suah Kueh. This Kueh is essentially a rectangular block made up of a bunch of Mee Suah strands, and then deep fried. Simple yet delicious! The Mee Suah on the outside is crisp and golden brown from the frying, while the Mee Suah at the core remains soft. Genius!
The Portuguese Egg Tart has a crispy crust and the egg portion has a custard like consistency, and it’s sweet and has a creaminess to it that I don’t normally find in Portuguese Egg Tarts.
Now here’s something interesting to try – Salted Egg Yolk Bun. Well to some people, they might be more familiar with the name Custard Bun. They are essentially the same thing. I’m surprised at how fluid the filling of the bun was! When i punctured one of these poor buns, a golden yellow spilled out onto my plate. I wasn’t really sure what to expect as it was my first time eating such a bun. I had in mind something along the taste of a typical custard filling you’d find in western pastries.
Instead, the molten filling was sweet and at the same time smacked of a strong salted egg yolk flavour. If you’ve eaten a tradiditonal mooncake with those egg yolks in their core, then all i can say is that the molten filling tasted almost like that! But to be honest, by my second bun, the salted egg yolk flavour became to overwhelming for me. Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious, but one was the limit for me!
And I think drinking tea in between the dishes is a good way to help you appreciate the individual flavours of each dish. The bitterness from the tea helps quench the flavours in your mouth from the previous dish, to prepare your tongue for a fresh new round of sampling.
A little sampling here and there, a sip of hot tea over a conversation with a good friend, Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant is a good place to share a light meal with your friends without compromising on the variety of food you get to try.
Address: 185/ 187/ 189/ 191 Jalan Besar Singapore 208882
Mon to Sat – 6pm to 10am
Sun and PH – 6pm to 12pm
Closed Tue Night