Friends in Punggol can no longer complain that ”There is nothing to eat at Punggol” with the introduction of another dining enclave – Punggol Oasis Terraces.
If you are thinking HOW to get there, Punggol Oasis Terraces is located right opposite Oasis LRT station. It houses Punggol Polyclinic, childcare centres, retail facilities and several dining options, such as the NEW Dim Sum Inc 翡翠点.
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The name Dim Sum Inc references ‘meeting point’ or ‘pit stop’, symbolising an ideal destination for a hearty meal, light bites or takeaway snacks anytime of the day.
The latest all-day dining quick service concept is introduced by none-other than the familiar, home-grown Crystal Jade.
You can view Dim Sum Inc as a quick-service Crystal Jade concept, with offerings of many of the signatures and favourites.
Dim Sum Inc is a more casual version of Crystal Jade restaurants which are often more upscale with full service. It is positioned and designed to provide quick and quality Cantonese dishes for dine-in and take-away.
The pace of Dim Sum Inc is more upbeat, but food-wise, you can trust the quality is the same.
The first outlet opened in Chinatown on Pagoda Street earlier this year, just a few steps from Chinatown MRT station.
The dining space, with a capacity of 56 pax, has touches of the brand’s turquoise-jade hue.
Interiors sport a contemporary look with light grey tiles and timber finishes. Sleek modern furnishings and lighting fixtures adorn the area.
The seating configuration is able to accommodate small groups of families and friends. You’ll notice that the dining layout closely resembles a diner rather than a Chinese restaurant.
All Day Dining Menu – Signature Dim Sum
You can expect home-style specialties, popular dim sum, succulent roast meats, Hong Kong style rice and noodles.
Starting with the family favourite dim sum, there are over 10 quintessential signatures, such as Cantonese Style Xiao Long Bao, Steamed BBQ Pork Bun, Chicken Feet with Black Bean Sauce, Baked BBQ Pork with Sesame Pastry, Shrimp & Pork Beancurd Skin Roll with Oyster Sauce, and Carrot Cake with XO Sauce.
Animal Shaped Bun ($3.80, 2 pieces)
Can’t stop going, ”So cute!”
These steamed lotus paste buns come in shapes of hedgehogs, chicks, and piglets, and would certainly be a favourite with the children.
Beneath the soft and adorable exterior, are fillings of smooth white lotus that is not too sweet.
Traditional HK Rice Roll with Sesame & Sweet Sauce ($4.20)
Smooth ”Cheong Fun” ‘drowned’ in a combination of sweet, savoury and creamy sauce, which had that distinctive earthy and nutty taste. One of my favourites here.
Assorted Trio Har Kau ($4.80, 3 pieces)
Bite-sized crystal shrimp dumplings coming in attractive colours of pink, yellow and orange.
Siew Mai with Fish Roe ($4.20, 3 pieces)
Steamed, succulent pork and shrimp dumpling topped with flying fish roe.
Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun ($4.60, 3 pieces)
”Liu Sha Bao” bursting with sweet, slight-salty custard fillings with that touch of graininess.
Deep-fried Mango Roll ($3.20, 2 pieces)
Deep-fried panko-crusted combination of prawn and mango fruit fillings added with some creamy mayonnaise, part-savoury and part-sweet with refreshing flavours of summer.
Pork & Shrimp Dumping with hot & sour vinaigrette ($4.80, 3 pieces)
This would remind you of the ”Hong You Chao Shou”, the taste similar to Sichuanese Wontons in Chilli Sauce. The addition of vinaigrette gave it a more sour, and lifting taste.
Signature HK Roast Bowls and Noodles
Dim Sum Inc’s signature Rice and Noodle Bowls are generously-portion one-dish meals, with options of Roasted Honey BBQ Pork Noodles featuring thick-cut juicy slices of char siew; and Braised Superior Soya Sauce Chicken Noodles.
What’s good is that you will also see value-for-money prices, all priced at $9.80 or less.
There are ongoing promotions for Combo Set Meals, like the Shrimp Wanton Noodle wih Drink (Lime Juice/Honey Lemon/Soft Drink) for only $9.80; or a Sweet & Sour Pork Rice with Egg and Drink at $12.80.
Roasted Duck Rice Bowl ($9.80)
Its signature HK Roast Bowl has either rice or noodle, topped with any of these 4 – crispy roasted pork belly, roasted duck, roasted honey BBQ pork, and braised superior soya sauce chicken.
The Roasted Duck Rice Bowl came served in a bowl, with appetiser (I had spicy pickled cucumber) and lava egg. While I thought that the rice could do with slightly more sauce, the roast had flavourful paper crisp skin, and sufficiently juicy meat.
Braised Superior Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle ($8.80)
I had cravings for Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle of late, and loved the big tender chunks of chicken meat provided.
Compared to other renditions which could have been braised for a longer period and thus darker coloured, this version came across as less greasy and so you could savour more natural taste of the chicken meat.
Lean Meat with Century Egg Congee ($8.30)
Known for its comforting and velvety congee, you get options of Lean Meat with Century Egg, Shredded Chicken & Duck, Classic Ting Zai, and Sliced Glass Carp.
The congee is said to be slow-cooked using top quality rice, to result in that consistent smooth texture. Great for those searching for a light and nutritious meal in the vicinity.
Shrimp Wanton Noodle (soup) ($7.80)
For Hong Kong noodle lovers, there is a selection of Shrimp Dumpling Noodles available in both dry and soup versions, Stir-fried Hong Kong Noodles and Vegetarian Noodles.
A bowl of springy noodles in a clear broth, with plump handmade wantons and shrimp dumplings.
Mango Puree with Pomelo & Sago ($4.80)
For desserts, go for the refreshing Lime-flavoured Jelly with Aloe Vera ($3.80) or Mango Purée with Pomelo and Sago ($4.80)
Other than those mentioned, Dim Sum Inc also features a number of wok-fried dishes such as a Sauteed Beef with Ginger & Scallion Rice with Egg ($10.80), Yang Zhou Fried Rice ($9.80) and Shrimp Fried Rice ($9.80).
All wok-fried dishes are prepared a la minute to ensure freshness and quality.
It is a good spot to consider for affordable Cantonese and Hong Kong-style dishes in the Punggol area. Its unpretentious and comfortable setting, along with decent quality food, is something worth trying.
Dim Sum Inc by Crystal Jade – Punggol
Block 681 Punggol Drive, #02-36, Oasis Terraces, Singapore 820681 (Punggol Oasis LRT Station)
Tel: +65 6244 8490
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Fri), 9:00am – 10:00pm (Sat, Sun, PH)
Dim Sum Inc by Crystal Jade – Chinatown
31 Pagoda Street Singapore 059190
Tel: +65 6224 0805
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm Daily
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Dim Sim Inc.