Thursday, July 18, 2013
Despite the fact that it was already so late,
actually technically early because it was 1am, Xuan still agreed to meet us for some yummy dim sum at one of his favourite places: Swee Choon (183-191 Jalan Besar, Little India).
Business hours are from 6pm to 6am. Due to its immense popularity, I was actually quite happy to be eating here so late at night because it meant we missed the usual crazy line up!
The restaurant was only around a 15 minute walk from Vintage Inn and soon we were seated inside with the A/C blasting and Xuan pointing out the dishes he recommended.
There were so many options, we were happy to try whatever he wanted to order for the first round.
Despite the late hour, there were many other patrons in the restaurant… such a nice change from Brisbane! Being able to go out after 9pm on a weekday and enjoy delicious food in a bustling restaurant!
Munching on preserved daikon while waiting for our order 😛
First up, Shanghai Xiao Long Bao – delicious steamed dumplings that gushed hot tasty soup when bitten into. To the left are Char Siew Pau – steamed BBQ pork buns.
The top dish were Yam Fritters. These were just alright, I’ve definitely had much tastier and delicate ones back in Ottawa. Reminded me of my mum though, as it’s one of her favourite treats.
Next was Swee Choon’s specialty, Mee Sua Kueh, a deep fried vermicelli cake. Tasty with very interesting texture, crispy noodles on the outside and perfectly cooked noodles on the inside.
This was a Red Bean Paste Pancake. Crispy sweetened pancake enveloping a rich but not too sweet red bean paste. One of our favourite dishes of the night, we had to get seconds!
I can’t remember the name of this dish but it wasn’t memorable. I would much rather be filling my belly with other dishes! 🙂
Beancurd Prawn Roll – yummy! Two of my favourite ingredients combined. Sometimes simplicity is the best! 🙂
And our favourite of the night: Steamed Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun. I’ve always loved custard buns but I’d never heard of it mixed with salted egg yolk… where has this been my whole life? A hot, golden, sweet and salty lava that oozes out with every bite. Mmm… just thinking about it is making me salivate now!
What a great meal! We left sooo stuffed, that it would be impossible to sleep if we went back to the hostel.
Only solution? Shopping at Mustafa Centre, opened 24/7! A huge mall with everything you could possibly need from groceries to sports equipment to herbal medicine. After strolling around for a while and realizing that it was already past 3am, we decided to call it a night.
Thanks Xuan for hanging with us even though it was so incredibly late!
After such a busy day (remember we had a full day in Bangkok!)… it was such a great sleep
Day 06 to continue after this nap 😉