The team from halal certified The Ramen Stall at North Bridge Road has started out a new abode (literally opposite their current), serving up their rendition of Cantonese style cuisine with a localized twist to suit the wider community in Singapore.
The Dim Sum Place is also halal-certified.
“Huh, Dim Sum with no pork?”
My friend gave me a skeptical look and I could understand why.
While pork has been a key ingredient in mainstream Cantonese cuisine, it is interesting to see if replacing it with other ingredients would achieve a similar end product.
The menu is extensive with possibly over a hundred items available (during soft launch, only half the menu items are offered), which reminded me of a similar Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant at Jalan Besar – popular with supper goers.
You get varied selection such as Dim Sum, Noodles, Congee, Stir-fried dishes, Claypot dishes and Roasts.
For Dim Sum offerings, one can find the usual “yum cha” staples with a twist of ingredients used. Think Chicken Siew Mai ($3.90), Duck “Chee Cheong Fan” ($6.90) and Beef Congee ($9.90).
Congee with Beef & Raw Egg ($9.90) is definitely not so common, and I was surprisingly impressed.
I loved how the congee had a silky smooth texture. Not forgetting the generous amount of tender beef slices paired with an egg, that would serve as a light nutritious meal.
The Beef Brisket Noodle Soup ($12.90) won everyone over with its savory soup that packed a punch with a rich herbal note, similar to what we usually get from Malaysian herbal style of ‘Bak Kut Teh’.
In addition, the collagen from beef brisket would probably appeal to those who are hoping for some smooth skin.
For the less adventurous, Wonton Noodle Soup ($6.90) would be your best bet with plump juicy prawn wanton and springy noodles.
The soup tasted slightly alkaline, but that would be the kind of flavor which we usually get from noodles stalls in Hong Kong? So I would say it had a certain level of authenticity?
In addition, I liked how they paid attention to details by serving extra condiments such as chopped chili padi and fried garlic slices together with noodles and congee to give an extra “oomph” to the flavor.
For mains, one can choose from the range of claypot dishes such as Lamb in Spicy Black Bean Sauce ($13.90), Stir-fried Prawn with Fish Fillet and Eggplant ($24.90) or Mongolian Chicken ($8.90).
Even a simple Garlic Egg Fried Rice ($8.90) was rich in smoky wok hei, luscious with garlic aroma. But probably not advised if you are going into a meeting later.
Spice lovers should definitely have a go at the Spiced Four Heavenly Kings ($7.90), where an assortment of vegetables such as long beans, eggplant, lady fingers and petai beans were stir-fried in sambal chili and topped with fried minced dried shrimp.
A savory blend of spiced vegetables which would definitely go well with plain rice.
While cheese tarts are already passé, their TDSP Cheese Tarts ($4.90 for 2) left an impression with its warm creamy cheese fillings on crusty buttery base.
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The Dim Sum Place
791 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198281
Tel: +65 6655 8787
Opening Hours: 11am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11pm Daily
* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.