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Did you know..."Fingers Kowtow" means fingers kowtowing (head bowing, metaphorically speaking...) -Long time ago, there was an emperor who liked to go into the streets (bringing his royal subjects along) in plain clothes, to see how the commoners go about their daily life. Feeling thirsty & hungry, this group went into a tea-house. A service staff left the pot of tea near the emperor's seat. It was a common sight that whoever has access nearer to the teapot would serve tea. The emperor followed
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"Fingers Kowtow" means fingers kowtowing (head bowing, metaphorically speaking...) -
Long time ago, there was an emperor who liked to go into the streets (bringing his royal subjects along) in plain clothes, to see how the commoners go about their daily life. Feeling thirsty & hungry, this group went into a tea-house. A service staff left the pot of tea near the emperor's seat. It was a common sight that whoever has access nearer to the teapot would serve tea. The emperor followed suit. All his royal subjects at the table were very surprised & some wanted to leave the seat to kowtow to him. He eyed them not to do so in order to keep his anonymity. Then one of them respectfully tapped twice on the table with two bend fingers & gave a slight nod of his head with eyes looking down (representing the bend knees on the ground & kowtowing). This gesture of appreciation had since passed down from then on...

When a Cantonese speaks of "Yum-cha" (饮茶 or also known as "Ban-ming" 品茗), it's commonly known as a Chinese style of enjoying morning/afternoon tea, which is a meal that involves drinking Chinese tea and eating dim sum dishes. "Yum-cha" means "drink tea" ("ban-ming" poetically meaning "tea appreciation").After shopping, we were wondering where to have our dinner. Then, we chanced upon this Yum Cha outlet near Changi City Point Mall.
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It was rather late (less than an hour before closing time) but getting a table was still a challenge. We were lucky to get a table soon after we arrived. This place has high ceiling & the warm lighting was very inviting. The wooden chairs were rather unique (but it was very crowded so I didn't take any photo). Planks on the chairs were curved down towards the center, making one felt as though it was hugging our precious bottoms. Tableware were made of white-china (porcelain?) giving a clean & classy look while the acrylic condiment sets were easy to maintain & user friendly.
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We were surprised when the service staff gave us a PDA for us to order our food. She was a little impatience but gave a very quick briefing nonetheless...when we told her that we had not been to any of their outlet before & this was our first time. It took us a while but we managed to order 3 Set Menu Specials - $11.80 nett per set (noodle/congee with 1 type of dim sum & a drink per set) & 2 extra dishes.
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Hubby ordered the set with Prawn Wanton Noodle (Dry), Crystal Chives Dumpling & Hot Barley.
Prawn Wanton Noodle Dry 鲜虾云吞面
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Crystal Chives Dumpling 韮菜水晶包
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Son chosed the set with Char Siew Noodle (Dry), Fried Carrot Cake & Cold Honey Watercress Drink.
Char Siew Noodle Dry 蜜汁叉烧面
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Fried Carrot Cake 腊味萝卜糕
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I had the Century Egg & Pork Congee, Fish Roe Siew Mai & Hot Chinese Tea (refillable).
Century Egg & Pork Congee 皮蛋肉片粥
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Fish Roe Siew Mai 鱼子蒸烧卖
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The other 2 dishes that we had were Honey Roast Char Siew & Custard Buns.
Honey Roast Char Siew 蜜汁叉烧
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Custard Buns 流沙奶皇包
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Look at the hot & flowy custard...
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My humble opinion:
- both types of noodle were bland & a tad too al-dente...prawn wanton was springy...char siew was a little dry, not too charred & was a little too sweet for my liking...
- I would prefer the siew mai to be steamed a minute lesser as they were rather dry & a little tough...
- the skin of the crystal chives dumpling was thin on top (as in the picture) but was thick underneath, the chives looked as if they were mixed into the dough of the skin but were still slightly undercooked...
- the honey roasted char siew tasted the same as from the noodle counterpart but I'd expected it to be much tender & juicier though...this dish was saved by the steamed peanuts that was soft, juicy & very flavorful - nice...
- congee was flavorful & not too thick, pork was tender & the century egg was not mushy...it was tasty
- carrot cake was the most delicious of all...not oily, slightly crispy outside but soft inside, I liked the taste of the roasted meat (腊味) amidst tiny shreds of carrot...yummy!
- I was delighted to see the hot & flowy custard in the custard buns - not many restaurant managed to achieve this result...

To be fair, the overall experience was ok...but it was very expensive.

Verdict:


I might go back to try other dim sum dishes when they have a much better valued promotion.

(以上食評乃用戶個人意見 , 並不代表OpenRice之觀點。)
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2014-04-05
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推介美食
Fried Carrot Cake 腊味萝卜糕
Century Egg & Pork Congee 皮蛋肉片粥
Honey Roast Char Siew 蜜汁叉烧
Custard Buns 流沙奶皇包
Look at the hot & flowy custard...