Yan Ting Restaurant: Best dim sum in Singapore

Oh Yanting, how I hate you!

I first know of Yanting one and a half years back, and I never looked back. ‘Where is the best dim sum in Singapore?’ this has to be one of the most-asked question for all the dim sum lovers out there, and whenever someone ask me this, I will replied without any doubt, Yanting. The best dim sum ever.

Being label as the best dim sum in Singapore by me, it has a huge billing to live up to, but be it quality of the dim sum, ambiance of the restaurant, service of the staff, or (to a slightly lesser extent) affordability of dim sum; Yanting is almost impossible to beat.

Prices have gone up for the Stir-fried rice roll ($6) with XO sauce, it used to be four dollars, but still, I like how it went with lots of eggs and beansprouts. You don’t like the usual steamed cheong fan? Trust me, you will like this stir-fried version.

Rather than skipping the Steamed prawn dumpling ($5 for 3) and make my friend regret not having it, I decided to be nice and it was a good decision. Define a good har gau: it should have fresh and crunchy shrimp that is enveloped by a layer of skin that has the just-right thickness.

If you’ve been hanging around here for a while now, you should know well how I feel about char siew sou, egg tarts, and custard buns – I’m absolutely in love with them. People always think of har gau and siew mai when it comes to dim sum, but for me, it will always be custard buns and Char siew sou ($3.6 for 2).

Sweet and savoury bits of char siew within the golden coat of buttery flaky pastry. Perfect. The best char siew sou ever. This humble-looking pastry is what every char siew sou should strive to become.

The Steamed pork dumpling ($5 for 3) comes with predominantly lean meat topped with a mushroom and fish roe, I enjoyed every bite of it. Come to think of it, even though I always complain that siew mai is boring, but I still order it every single time. Siew mai is still siew mai after all – it’s irreplaceable.

It was a toast between the Stir-fried rice roll and the Pan-seared Radish Cake ($3.20), but since we were in a good mood, we decided to order both. Okay, here’s the deal, put incredibility a lot of radish to make the cake, and pan-seared it until golden brown, there – a simple and good radish cake.

Fluffy, soft buns, with the sweetest and juiciest char siew you can ever find. Needless to say the Char siew buns ($3.20 for 2) – one of my favorite dim sum – disappeared the moment I finished taking a photograph of it.

Happiness comes in the form of a mini egg tart.

Don’t be fool by the dainty, cute appearance, this Egg tart ($3 for 2) is not just a pretty face; it has everything more than that. My hands trembled when I picked up the petite pastry, it was warm, baked straight out of the oven. I took a sniff, trying very hard not to finish it in a bite, and then came the magical moment. The wonderfully light and buttery pastry, a smooth and not too sweet egg custard filling which was good in its own right.

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Yanting has the best dim sum in Singapore.

Restaurant Review
Yan Ting
29 Tanglin Road
The St Regis
Tel: 6506 6888

Yan Ting is listed as one of ladyironchef’s favourite restaurants in Singapore

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45 COMMENTS

i have yet to try out yan ting. been wanting to for the longest times. i am craving dim sum even more after reading your post!!!! glad you had a yummy day:)

This is very strange timing – we were supposed to go for the dim sum brunch this Sunday and now can’t – but seeing yet another great review of this place means it’s only a matter of time!

Thank you (and thank you to Google Reader for recommending your blog!).

amy: you have not try taste paradise, or yanting? how can? these two are like my top three fav!

poisonivy: bring your date there? dim sum is very affordable, and yan ting is the best *big grin*

Minh: It is AWESOME! not just looks, but taste as well!

jiaying: thats why i always say, everybody please go with no expectation, ignore everything that i said!

TF: Hello there, thank you for sending your precious time to type this comment. Yes I agree that picture of food on hands and palms are cliche, but they works for me, so why are you so upset? Be nice : )

Angeline: Their char siew sou, is on par or slightly better than taste paradise. Since i had yanting one first, they will always be the best for me. and unfortunately they dont have custard bun

Simon: The next time you come by, don’t ever leave singapore without trying their dim sum.

Vicky: ho ho! i heard so much abt their dim sum brunch, it’s not that cheap (70+), but the range of items that they have on the brunch menu looks totally worth it. Let me know how it goes if you ever go there for brunch next time : )

amanda: Thanks dear, We shall be nice and ignore the trolls! hee

i never try Yanting, but i thought Royal China is very good. How do you compare the egg tarts between both of them?

Always a mistake to come here when I’m hungry haha. My craving for dim sum has just elevated! Gonna try both Yanting and Taste Paradise soon. :D

I always thought the food on hands pose is nice and cool, just ignore the non-appreciative. You can’t please everyone but I can say you make the rest of us pretty much happy with your shots. :)

I like the picture of the egg tart! the fact that there is a tiny crumb on the finger, makes the picture more real! You know what I mean? Haha.

Coffeechee: Both egg tarts are awesome, and both royal china and yanting are my top 2 dim sum restaurant in Singapore

danghl: how can it be a mistake? haha yes please do, taste paradise, yanting and royal china : )

harris: Yeah it’s awesome! thanks for the support dude

Jo: aww.. thanks! it means a lot : ))

Shayna: So you shld feast and binge on dim sum everyday before you fly!

hanxue: haha yes that’s what i feel too, the hand gives the picture a natural touch

You should organise a Food Photography outing or something which newbies learn from you on the angles, lightings etc. I would love to, but I dont have a DSLR :(

All of the dishes look great here. I’ve only been out for dim sum (we call it yum cha in Australia) once a long time ago. I think I need to try it again! Love your work ;)

i have to say this is very strange, there seems to be a very strong positive thoughts towards both Taste Paradise and Yang Ting from bloggers, but i’ve to both and actually thought that both were a let down. I remember the har gao not being that great nor the char siew being anything special either.

Maybe they were both bad days…

har gau and siew mai (i hope i spelt those correctly) are like the staples of dim sum (even though i kinda find them boring too! after a while anyway!) hmm.. the char siew sou also look so good!

i love the way you compose your pictures!! (i still have a long way to go in terms of photography!!) xx

hanxue: I did one that day but it was for a photographic society. get yr own dslr! : )

chinesechic: MUST is the correct word. haha

Jor: The char siew sou is the crown jewel. And yes the egg tart is awesome too!

he need works: that’s so sad, there isn’t really much good dim sum in Australia? Even if there is, it’s probably gonna cost a lot more. come to Singapore for a holiday and eat everything

Piracer: Hello there, i’m not sure about the other bloggers, but on my part Yanting, taste paradise are among my top 3 favorites. where’s your fav dim sum place? : )

Shirin: yes you spell them correctly my dear, the char siew sou is the best! slowly la, you got nic to guide you along, and he has such good gears too! are u learning how to take photographs of food now? hee

Glad I read this post, don’t know where to go for Dim Sum other than my usual few like Redstars, Yan Palace…

Is ‘The St Regis’ very high class? LOL

alwayslovely: oh yeah please go and try, yanting is one of my fav place for dim sum. Prices are pretty reasonable for the quality, for this meal each of us paid 15 bucks, we didn’t order a lot, but it was enough : )

Carolyn: My bad, somehow missed out your comment. Have you satisfied your dim sum craving since then? : )

Diva: Massive drool-age? sounds good to me! hee my fav dim sum is char siew sou and egg tart

deana: aww.. thank you for the kind words, it looks good isn’t it? It taste even better!

Jo: Oh yes, yan ting is my favorite, favorite restaurant for dim sum

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  • Hi, i was just pointed to your blog and hoping you can help me as a food guru! I am searching for this dish for the longest time in SG (can’t find in HK with my limited knowledge as well). MY husband loves this sotong ball fried with bread crumbs (you know how the bread crumbs are little fried squares around the sotong ball? We both remember eating it as kids, but seems nowadays we can’t find it anymore! Would you happen to know where we can get this?

    I was craving for egg tarts and that picture didn’t make it better for me, haha. I called up Yan Ting and found out that they now charge $6 for 2, double the price since your post. =(

    I had the sunday dim sum brunch last week! I am not a roast chicken person but yan ting chicken has a silky and velvety texture- my taste bud has never been so emotional!
    The 3 cup chicken with basil in claypot has a new kick to my taste bud! Liew Sar Pao and egg tart are simply awesome! The marshmall

    Hi, would like to know how’s the crowd level is like at Yan Ting for dim sum..

    Is it only available on weekends???

    Thanks in advance…^^

    Hi, after reading your review, I decided to take 2 friends to Yan Ting today. Unfortunately, the dim sum was unimpressive. We unanimously agreed that Din Dai Fung and Crystal Jade offered superior quality. Have you tried Asia Grande? It is apparently quite popular especially amongst the older Singaporeans :)

    Thanks for sharing your post.

    hi, i’m from the philippines and i happen to read your blog when i was looking for the best dimsum in singapore. my husband and i tried the 2 on your list, yan ting and taste paradise and it was sooooo good!!! we have been using your blog to try other restaurants in singapore as well.

    I think The Imperial located at Paragon is better. I had the custard bun but with a hole in the skin and all the custard flowing out…. I was sad…. The Peking Duck was very small as compared to that of The Imperial. The siew mai had a strange smell (my mother said it smelled of lap cheong!). I think I would not come back to Yanting.

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