Mongkok Dim Sum
214 Geylang Rd (Map) 24 Hours Daily
This 24/7 spot in a coffeeshop with a view of the gritty Geylang Road has a huge menu and it includes some cze cha (cook and fry dishes) like a very agreeable dry beef hor fun (kon chao hor). The classic har gao and siew mai comes plump and has a chunky, softly resilient bite. Their baos are the "smiling" type with a fluffy “blossoming" open top pastry skin. Fried dim sum include the Phoenix Prawn dumpling fritter (very crunchy prawns inside) and the Wu Kok (fried mashed yam filled with savoury sweet meat and vegetable filling). The Liu Sa Bao or salted egg yolk custard bao is among the better ones around – it’s oozy with a soft bao pastry and has a nice balance of sweet and salty smokiness.
Tanjong Rhu Pau & Confectionery
389 Guillemard Rd (Map) 10.30am – 9pm
This family business has kept the faith all these decades, churning out a steady and consistent line of dim sum and snacks. Their outlet along Guillemard Road often causes a traffic snarl as cars stop at the roadside and customers hop out to buy them. The ones not to be missed are the mini cha siew bao and the triple filling (yuan yang) bao with red bean, lotus paste and salted egg yolk. The pastry is uber soft and gummy plus the cha siew filling bits have a lightly roasty edge. We also like their chive dumplings, minced pork with a garden of chopped chives wrapped and steamed in a translucent wanton skin. The little meaty siew mai is also a no-brainer item with their fans.
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