Asia Grand: It’s dim sum time!

Weekends are the best time for dim sum, it is when everybody is free to have a long lunch, and what can be better than to yum cha?

My friend wanted to try the Beancurd prawn roll ($4.50), and I have never been a big fan of beancurd skin. Since a lot dim sum has prawns, we decided to go for the Char siew cheong fun ($4.50). The savoury light sauce always enhance the flavour of the cheong fun.

After trying so many different har gau ($4.50), it has somewhat become rather ordinary to me. I know it’s the dim sum queen; all right if you must, fresh crunchy prawns held firmly within translucent skins. But I’m indifference to it, at least for now.

I was craving for custard buns badly, and to my delight it’s listed on the menu; but the initial euphoria half evaporated when the captain said that it’s been replaced by the Baked custard buns ($3.50 for 3). So feeling half skeptical and half excited, we approached it. Judging from appearances, the baked buns look like those hard, baked pastry kind. We took a bite, and it was astonishing so soft! I would prefer those molten custard on any other day, but this was just as good!

Siew mai and har gau always come together in pairs, there isn’t one without the other. But unlike the har gau, I’m not so sick of Siew Mai ($4.50 for 4) since it has a combination of porky and prawny bite.

I’m insanely in love with Char siew sou ($4 for 3). The ones here reminded me of my old flame; the buttery crispy flakes, the oozing oh-so-sweet juice from the char siew. Delish! You know like they say, your first love is always the most memorable, if I’ve not had better before, I’ll say this is quite good. But then again, I’m biased against char siew sou.

The fragrant glutinous rice ($4.50) enveloped within the leaf; the salted egg yoke bursting through your tastebud with it’s strong and distinct taste, the little bites of chicken shreds, a pity the Chinese sausages were missing here. Almost perfect.

Pan-fried carrot cake ($3.50) used to be a favourite of mine, but after trying several half-hearted versions, I’m leaning towards some of the better steamed ones that I had. Packed the carrot cake full with relish, lots of them. Then lightly-seared it until golden brown, leaving a crispy surface with soft relish beneath it. Sounds easy? Do one for me.

Actually I’m undecided if I will come back to Asia Grand for dim sum again. And it’s not because they are not good, the variety of dim sum available was very comprehensive. But the main reason was the existence of a better option just directly opposite them. I’ll probably drop by again for their Peking duck, which is definitely much cheaper than the one I had at Peach Garden.

Asia Grand
331 North Bridge road
#01-02 Odeon towers
Tel: 6887 0010

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Aiee… the baked custard bun looks suspiciously like crispy polo cake… is it crispy on top?! If so I want to go tmr!

!!! just reminded me of nan bei imperial treasure… and one of the best ive had in singapore – intercon’s Man Fu Yuan! mmm

Tesia: thanks for always being so quick to comment! really appreciate it :) yeah it sort of look like po luo bao, but the texture is actually very different. it’s slightly crispy on top, with the bun (body part) being very soft!

lainey: Yeah Man fu yuan is pretty good too! But my favourite for dim sum is royal china and yan ting :D

e: hahahahaha yep royal china is good stuff. I want to go back there soon!

Thank you. You have successfully make me want to ditch my diet plans for the new week. Custard buns here I come!

ohh…that’s the one beside bras basah complex and the macs.. thought it looked like a pricey place..but it’s actually fine! i should bring my family there for brunch one day….
the custard buns look so yummy! somehow it resembles a bigg pineapple tart or my favourite peanut cookies. haha.

camemberu: muahahaha you always make me hungry too! :D yeah i want to go yum cha too, but so busy with everything!

thenomadgourmand: besides brunch, dim sum is the perfect way to start a weekend morning

Jo: Well done! eat first, worry later. go go! hee where u are going to try?

YX: cheers char siew sous are THE best

joshua: Yep, have you try Yan ting already?

Shirin: YAYNESS! we got another I’m-char-siew-sou-fan :p

Kaelyn: really? you don’t usually eat dim sum? Oh dear, eat more all right

Tesia: Well said! For that, you are hereby given permission to eat more :D

pam: Yep actually they are still acceptable, even the Chinese main is slightly cheaper than the other Chinese restaurants. If not u can learn from me, I always go to Chinese restaurants to eat dim sum because they are the most affordable

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