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Yum Cha has become pretty much an integral part of leisure. Few activities come close to matching the relaxation and enjoyment supping over good dim sum and hot tea over a lazy morning/afternoon.My quest to find delicious dim sum (with the added criteria of not breaking the bank) brought be to Shi Wei Xian Hong Kong Dim Sum. A stall nestled within a coffee shop in the quiet neighbourhood of Aljunied Crescent, Shi Wei Xian has been quietly recommended by word of mouth for great tasting dim sum that is value-for-money.Shrimp Chee Cheong Fun with a heavier dark sauce.Here the Chee Cheong Fun has got a smooth and silky skin wrapped over a generous dollop of shrimp and shrimp paste. The complementary dark sauce is of a heavier variety and just adds to the savouriness of the dish.Then you have the char siew buns with the doughy, fluffy skin. Yum! And not forgetting the Har Gow - each crystalline gem held no less than 3 full shrimps! I counted! Char Siew BunsHar Gow with succulent prawn filling. continue reading
With fine dining restaurants the like of Yan Ting at St Regis and Cherry Garden at Mandarin Oriental offering sumptuous dim sum spreads with price tags to match their 5-star ratings, it comes as no surprise when many people come away with a common misconception that a dim sum meal is exorbitant.There are exceptions and having a good dim sum meal does not necessarily have to break the bank! On that note, I searched and I followed recommendations and found Shi Wei Xian Hong Kong Tim Sum at Aljunied Crescent. Nestled in the grey area between Geylang and Aljunied, it wasn't easy to find - especially with the number of food centres in the immediate vicinity. My advice? Seek out the Geylang East Swimming Complex and start working your way from there.On first sight, Shi Wei Xian Hong Kong Tim Sum might not look like much. Just a humble outfit in a coffeeshop where the stall is mostly kitchen churning out dim sum eagerly awaited by customers. Here's where I dispense my 2nd piece of advice: Be early. Or popular favourites get sold out right quick. When I reached at 1230, the stall was already out of their congee and Yam Puffs.But what I had to pick from, was nevertheless quite sufficient!Prawn Chee Cheong Fun - $2.50Generally passable, the steamed rice paste wrap of the chee cheong fun was quite thick, but still went well with the slightly heavier soy sauce that came with the dish. My complaint: The distribution of the prawns was poor, there was one roll which did not contain any prawn at all.Char Siew Pau - $1.60It might not seem like much, but finding char siew pau at $0.80 a pop nowadays is quite a feat. While it wasn't a sensational hit, the dough was still soft and plump, and the ratio of bun to filling, nice and satisfying. Salad Prawn Dumpling - $2.40Fried a deep golden yellow, the salad prawn dumpling was the only fried item I ordered. It was savoury, but you could taste how fish paste was mixed heavily into the prawn filling, which only served to dilute the taste of the prawns.Bean Sauce Pork Ribs - $2.50Nothing spectacular here. The bean sauce could very be more gelat and tasty.Prawn Dumpling - $2.50Passable, but again could be better had the skin been not so thick and the kitchen more generous with the prawns.Crab Meat Siew Mai - $2.50Unlike your average Cantonese siew mai of pork and mushroom filling, the siew mai at Shi Wei Xian actually contained a combination of pork with crab meat. It's a first for me and I must say, it does indeed change the flavour profile that I've been used to for siew mai. 'Like'!All in all, my dim sum brunch just set me back $14! Not too shabby isn't it? The food might not be wowing any pants off, but for this price, I would say it's probably as good as it gets. Try it! continue reading