Victor’s Kitchen Hong Kong Dim Sum Singapore

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I remember my first time to Victor’s Kitchen two years back. It was a long walk from Plaza Singapura, past PoMo (formerly known as Paradiz centre) and down Prinsep street to Sunshine Plaza. My first reaction was: “what kind of place is Sunshine Plaza?”

Stepping inside the building, there was a couple of printing companies and some random shops. Victor’s Kitchen is like a Hong Kong Cha Chaan Ting with minimum decoration. Fast forward to the present, Victor’s Kitchen looks exactly the same, except that they have expanded to a bigger shop space.

Victor Kitchen Custard Bun

To me, having a custard bun is like a sacred ritual. It always begins with the same procedure: when the basket of buns come, first we pray. Whisper softly into the ears of whoever-in-charge-of-prayers-and-good-food, and sincerely ask that they be merciful and grant us a good custard bun that flows. After that, use a pair of chopsticks and carefully poke a hole inside the white pillowy bun. The rest, is really up to heaven — please, let it flow, please let it flow.

Many people raved about the dim sum at Victor’s Kitchen and claimed that they have the best custard buns in Singapore. Two years ago, I went there with high expectations, only to be disappointed by a Nai Wang Bao (custard bun) that didn’t have a flowy center. I swore never to go back again.

I came back for the famous Victor’s Kitchen custard bun. I gave it a second chance but I was disappointed again. The most terrible thing in this world must be surely hope. We poked a hole into the bun, but nothing happened. No golden liquid flowed out — nothing at all.

Siew Mai

Then, of course, there was the har gau and siew mai – the dim sum classics. I took a few quick shots of the steamed shrimp dumpling and tucked in. It’s crucial to have the har gau hot from the steamers, otherwise the skin would become heavy after a while. My friend enjoyed the shrimp dumpling, but I thought it was decent – nothing fantastic.

The Siew Mai, on the other hand, was porky and tasty (for the lack of a better word). The texture had the consistency of how a good siew mai should be.

Char Siew Bao

I like the unpretentious feel of Victor’s Kitchen. It is a place where a celebrity can walk in and nobody will bother to disturb him/her. I like how the aromatic smell of the stocking milk tea swirl in the air. I like the greasy oil stains of the siew mai at the metal bottom of the basket. Most of all, I like how the atmosphere reminds me of Hong Kong.

The prices of the dim sum here are around $3-4 per basket. While they are not extraordinary, people come to Victor’s Kitchen for the down-to-earth atmosphere (which reminds me of Red Star restaurant). I can probably get a better basket of dim sum elsewhere, but if you are craving for dim sum after lunch time – Victor’s Kitchen is the place to go in town. But do not order their custard buns, you have been warned.

Restaurant Review
Victor’s Kitchen
91 Bencoolen Street #01-21
Sunshine Plaza Singapore
Tel: +65 9838 2851

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19 COMMENTS

YEAH, heard tht the food is not tht good. overrated. i haven’t tried it myself, cos i always go to Kam Boat for my HK dimsum fix. I don’t think they have custard buns there though.

was first introduced to the custard buns in KL (n have been dreaming abt it since) – at an eatery with old school unpretentious feel, called Axian Dim Sum. :) their custard buns are excellent, with flowing yellow rich goodness, the way u like it! must try if u go to KL. :)

FYI, there are 2 types of cantonese custard buns. One is called ???, or flowing sand bun. The other is called ???, or milk yellow bun. The first one is the one with a flowy center and is expected to be such. The second is no different from a lotus ??? in texture.

If you understand the difference, you can check with the proprietor before you order which one it is they sell. Not all sell the flowing one because it is a lot harder to do.

Darn. Chinese characters not allowed.

Hanyu Pinyin:
Liu2 Sha1 Bao1
Nai3 Huang2 Bao1
Lian2 Rong2 Bao1 (You prob already know this)

Yeah Hamster is right. Anyway both the nai wang bao and liu sha bao are available at crystal jade. If u like those with molten fillings, u really should go to crystal jade or their bakery :)

Victor’s can’t make it at all… If their price is lower, we can still compromise on their below average Dim Sums due to lower price. Their price are Cathay, Crystal Jade, Peach Garden price with Khong Guan Pau standard. Forme, I wouldn’t even bother to blog about them.

omgosh custard buns. I agree that the ones here look disappointing (I’m completely a die hard lover for the flowy type). Do a post on the best custard buns around please! the best i’ve ever eaten is at crystal jade. yums.

Also, haven’t you noticed alot of new chinese dessert places popping up in singapore lately? I saw a new store called honeymoon desserts in Vivo recently. I wonder how it compares to old school places like Ah Chew at Bugis st.

For piping hot and flowy custard buns: u really must try OLD HONGKONG at Novena Sq 2.

They’re to die for!!!! OMG.

you should try the custard bun at Bugis Village… the shop in front of the bus stop… theirs are the one with the flowy center and it tastes damn good… in my opinion lar… =) and it’s cheap too… very value for money…. XD

you should have ordered the lava bun instead. the custard bun yes is like a milk flavoured lian rong bao.

btw watch out for the loudmouth female boss/employee at the cashier… she charged me $20 for 2 sets of custard bun & lava bun that cost $13 in total and then act blur and NOT AT ALL apologetic when i went back to claim the difference. i was in a rush and almost got fobbed if i hadn’t checked the prices

Dim Sum will be for me always either Taste Paradise @ Ion…or Imperial Treasure Nanbei or Crystal Jade (Love their lotus leaf Glutinous rice Chicken) *sighs dreamily*…didn’t try those hotel ones cos they always seem so pricey…..

service Sucks!

Was there on Sunday with a friend at about 3.30 pm. The place was pretty full, but there was no queue. So the two of us just took an empty table and after picking our items on the chit, we passed it to the China lady server.

Her comments were stinging – “???????“ (Is there just the two of you?)

We said “Yes?and she said that we are not supposed to sit at a table of four and proceeded to point to another table of four, that was already occupied by two ladies.

We pointed out that the other table was too compact to squeeze in another two guys but she insisted “????????????“?There is only the two of you, but this is a larget table”.

At this point, we were just fed-up with their service attitude and we said it’s fine and decided to leave.

If this is the kind of service that is there, I’d prefer to take my money elsewhere – regardless of how good their food is.

Hi, as ladyironchef is a pretty famous food blog which provides mostly reliable information to the readers, I hope that the readers are not provided with inaccurate information.

I have been to Victor’s kitchen a number of times and I’m sure that the egg yolk flows. You might have ordered the wrong one which they call it the custard bun.

Perhaps the bun is not as good as other restaurants but I just hope to correct this so the readers will not get wrong information.

Definitely not good, that’s including e custard bun which I have just eaten. Nothing flow out when bite or poke thru.. The ribs I ate was basically tasteless, coffee shop Tim sum have better food than here.

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