Swee Choon is a dimsum restaurant dated back to more than 50 years ago, yet I’ve only heard of it recently! Now, I wonder if I’ve been living under a rock. This name shot to fame thanks to claims of their uber-delicious lava custard buns, as well as their exceptionally low prices. Opened from 6pm to 6am, it’s definitely a hotspot for supper-goers (and after-party tummy fillers). When I arrived at 6pm sharp, there was already a queue forming to enter! Whoever says that the queue at Tim Ho Wan is ridiculous, think again.
Dining here is almost akin to dining in a coffee shop – well, at least there’s air-conditioning.
All dishes here were guaranteed to be freshly made.
BBQ Pork Rice ($2.50) – This reminded me of what I always had during my Primary school canteen days. Each grain of rice was flavour-packed with seasonings and the BBQ pork was really tender, albeit a little dry. Really enjoyed this one!
Plain Chee Cheong Fun/Sweet Sauce ($1.80) – Deceivingly uninspiring, the chee cheong fun was smooth, soft and silky.This was surely not your usual breakfast chee cheong fun. The generous dose of sesame seeds made the plain flour skin extra fragrant too.
Double Boiled Chicken Soup ($4.50) – This one here tasted identical to the one at Din Tai Fung and guess what – it’s half the price!! Major love for this chicken soup and it’s a crime to not order this when you’re at Swee Choon (in my opinion).
Century Egg Porridge ($2.80) – The porridge was both watery and lacking in taste. Save your carbs for their dumplings instead!
Har Kow ($2.40/2 pieces) – I felt that the dumpling skin was way too thick; very evident from its colour. Translucent flour skin is a pre-requisite to a good har kow.
Siew Mai ($2.80/2 pieces) – These were meaty and good!
Beancurd Chicken Roll ($2.20/2 pieces) – Again, packed with lots of meat and flavours, this is highly recommended by yours truly.
Sichuan Chilli Oil Wanton ($4/4 pieces) – Out of all the yummy dumplings, this has got to be my favourite! The wanton skin had a desirable springy texture to it, all the while firmly encasing a ball of juicy meat spiked with Chinese wine and chives. The mixture of vinegar and spicy chilli oil added a kick of acidity and spice to them. Oh boy, these were mind-blowing.
Layer Pancake w Egg & Meat Floss ($4.30) – Another old-school favourite! This is such a rare gem now since my last memory of this was at a soybean milk store in Geylang when I was in Primary school (again, oh dear). To me, fried egg and meat floss is a flawless combination and the cucumber added a nice crunch. This dish is enough to make me go back to Swee Choon.
Steamed Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun ($3.60/3 pieces) – The most economical lava custard bun ever, with top-notch standard! Need I say more?
Portugese Egg Tart ($3/2 pieces) – Served warm, the tarts were light and flaky and the egg custard wasn’t too sweet. The size of each tart was big and I would suggest sharing 1 tart between 2 people in order to optimize your stomach storage space!
Swee Choon is the place to head to whether you’re looking for old-school dimsum dishes or on a budget. Heck, you have to just give Swee Choon a try even if you hate dimsum. Yes, I love it that much.
Swee Choon Dimsum Restaurant
191 Jalan Besar
Tel: 6225 7788
Closed on Tuesdays