Do you love dim sum? I know I do!

I was just discussing about flying to Hong Kong, a.k.a the land of Dim Sum, over the holidays with my family over dinner last night. Not to shop, not to visit my relatives there, but to EAT ALL THEIR DIM SUM!

This traditional Cantonese cuisine is massively popular here in Singapore. However, we have a problem - it's difficult to source the all-in-one: yummy AND affordable AND conveniently located! But hey, I'm glad to have found a place that met all the criteria.

Dim Dim - The Hong Kong Pantry is a local based Dim Sum restaurant that offers a variety of Hong Kong delights served in contemporary ambiance. It is well situated at the Marina Link below Marina Square, just outside Esplanade MRT Exit B. The piping hot dishes that they serve are 100% handmade using the freshest ingredients! 

Baked BBQ Honey Pork Bun Coated with Crispy Butter ($4.20)

I know of many Dim Sum restaurants with fabulous BBQ Pork Buns, and this is definitely comparable to those! It is crispy on the outside and savoury on the inside after two layers of baking with melted sugar and cream coated on the top of the bun. You must try this popular specialty dish for yourself!

Mini Egg Tart ($3.60)
I cannot walk out of a Hong Kong Dim Sum restaurant without having their egg tarts! This sweet treat is freshly baked with a texture made to perfection. The crust is crispy and thin! I love how bite-sized it is as well.

Steamed Prawn Dumpling “Ha Kau” ($4.20)
This is another one on my Must-Order list. In fact, it is kinda like a top favourite and my meal is not complete without it. It is made with fresh plump and juicy shrimps, then wrapped with handmade translucent, thin skin. I've eaten countless of Ha Kaus, but a good one that suits my taste is difficult to find! This is juicy, chewy and non-sticky, just the way I like it.

Steamed Custard Bun ($4.20)
I won't lie to you, I had a foodgasm moment as my teeth sinked into the bun. Otherwise known as “Liu Sha Bao”, this is another highlight at Dim Dim - The Hong Kong Pantry. The skin is handmade by an experienced chef using his “kung fu”!

The best thing about this bun is the custard filling. I love the moment it oozes out when I take a bite! It is neither too runny nor too dry but yet flavourful, moist and smooth with a tinge of sweetness and saltiness at the same time. Remember to enjoy this highly raved explosive dish when it's still hot for maximum pleasure!

Steamed Cheong-fun with Chinese Dough Fritters ($3.60)
Usually I'll have this dish with BBQ pork instead, but you have to admit that this is an interesting combination. The freshly handmade silky and slippery rice noodle roll is tightly wrapped around the dough fritters that is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Though I found it too salty, I love dipping it into their very own special peanut and seafood sauce for an even more unique taste.

Deep-fried Shrimp in Beancurd Skin Roll ($4.60)
Fresh shrimps are wrapped in the beancurd skin roll, then deep fried to achieve the crispy and chewy texture using their own recipe. I know that it's deep fried, but surprisingly it wasn't very oily. I found this so-so, though I have to add that they're very generous with the shrimps!

Cuttlefish and Peanut Congee ($5.00)

This comfort food had it's own taste to it, and it was everything but plain! The bowl is surprisingly huge, you can share it amongst 2 people!

I also got myself the Honey Lemon Tea, which I found it leaning more towards the sour side.

To end off my meal, I had the Mango Pudding! Nothing fantastic there, the flavour wasn't as strong as I'd expected.

I went to Dim Dim - The Hong Kong Pantry with no expectations, and left wanting to go back for more. This hidden gem is a decent place for Dim Sum for a local restaurant, though the place requires a bit of searching if you didn't exit from Esplanade MRT.

Dim Dim - The Hong Kong Pantry
6 Raffles Boulvard B1-16
Marina Square
Singapore (039594)
Marina Link is located outside Esplanade MRT Exit B
Operating Hours: 11am- 9pm

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