[Updated] Swee Choon will be opened for lunch from 5th October (Wednesday) onwards.
That means you can have dim sum over there from 11am onwards Mondays to Saturdays (except Tuesday), and Sunday mornings from 10am.
While dim sum has always been known as a morning dining affair, Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant 瑞春点心餐厅 (They spell it as ‘T’) has managed to turn it around to become a well-known supper haunt in Singapore.
An established name of almost 50 years, located in the heart of Jalan Besar, offering almost every dim sum item under the sky, and very importantly AIR-CONDITIONED, Swee Choon has become a default supper place for after-midnight clubbers and hungry groups of friends and families.
I must have eaten at Swee Choon over more than a decade, watching it group from a one-shop space to its present ever-expanding business, with long queues and tables spilling all out.
What is the charm?
I can safely say the food is not the type you will scream “Excellent!”, and seriously most items range about 5 to 7/10 in taste, but it is an affordable, no-frills place that has fond memories for many.
And they keep expanding their menu repertoire – which is a good thing.
Spicy and Sour Soup ($4.50)
Can I say this is my order every single time? Never mind this is not exactly a dim sum dish. Very comforting, a very Singaporean style of Sichuan soup, just right in terms of saltiness, spiciness and oiliness.
If I am feeling upset, I want one bowl all to myself. Add some pepper.
Mee-Suah Kueh ($2.40)
Swee Choon’s very own signature dish – the Mee Sua Kueh is a deep-fried vermicelli cake. I used to like this a lot because it is special enough, like a carrot cake in shape. I recently went back to find out that the taste and execution have somewhat changed from before.
Not as tasty already. Oh well.
Steamed Salted Egg Custard Bun ($4.20 for 3)
While some of Swee Choon’s Liu Sha Bao are not as consistent as we have liked (there was one particular time it didn’t really flow), its Golden Lava buns have always been outstanding for a shop with modest beginnings, with one of my friends exclaiming it is “life-changing”.
Note: There is an orange-coloured version shaped like a pumpkin – The Fried Custard Pumpkin. Can skip, a bit too oily.
Shanghai Xiao Long Bao ($4.50 for 4)
Actually, a surprise find. While the skin may be a few mm too thick for my liking, the inner minced pork was moistly tasty, with fair amount of broth.
Siew Mai ($2 for 2)
This one. Must eat while it is hot. Leave it there for 10 minutes and it will turn into a cold, dry chunk of meat.
Nobody in our table wanted the last piece. So I ‘sacrificed’ and turned out to be a calorie-waster. Note: Price has increased from $1.80 to $2.
Beancurd Prawn Roll ($3 for 2)
Standard stuff – okay. Better with higher prawn to pork ratio.
Deep Fried Shrimp Paste Chicken Wings ($8)
While self-proclaimed chicken-wings-lover PinkyPiggu thought that this dish was far too oily (realised I was not as picky about food as her LOL), I enjoyed the distinct prawn paste seasoning.
Layer Pancake with Egg and Pork Floss ($4.30)
How come the pancake skin seemed to have become thicker?
Red Bean Paste Pancake ($4.80)
The pancake skin was thin enough, with decent amount of red bean fillings. Not too oily too.
Shrimp Hor Fun in Creamy Egg Sauce ($6)
If you are hungry, I think this will be good for sharing as they are not stingy with the ingredients for the price of $6. Otherwise, it is just sauce and ingredients over horfun.
Congee with Minced Pork and Century Egg ($2.80)
Bland. Okay lah, good for those not having a great appetite.
Portuguese Egg Tart ($3 for 2)
Freshly baked, more eggy king, flaky, quite firm, reasonable standard.
A friend goes in and orders by “155, 161, 251, 303.” That represents the numbers of the food he wants, no recollection of the actual items needed.
Another finished an unsatisfactory ‘3-star Michelin meal’ and craves for Swee Choon immediately. In her words, “Swee Choon more shiok.”
What are the items you order from Swee Choon?
Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant 瑞春点心餐厅
183/ 185/ 187/ 189/ 191 Jalan Besar Singapore 208882
Opening Hours: 11am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 6am (Mon, Wed-Sat),
10am – 3pm, 6pm – 6am (Sun, PH), Closed Tues
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