I previously wrote a post on “10 Best Dim Sum Restaurants In Singapore” which focused on the higher-end Chinese restaurants.
However, there are other well-loved dim sum places in Singapore that are not only inexpensive, but open for late nights or even 24/7.
Here are 12 picks for the best places to extinguish your late night dim sum cravings:
Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant 瑞春点心餐厅
183/185/187/189/191/193 Jalan Besar Singapore 208882
Opening Hours: 9am – 3pm, 6pm – 4am (Mon, Wed – Fri) 9am – 4pm, 6pm – 4am (Sat – Sun), Closed Tues
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.
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.
However, it is an affordable, fast, no-frills place that has fond memories for many.
Its price point and environment are “in-between”. While it is not a posh restaurant, there is air-con and service is relatively quick and efficient despite the long queue of people.
My favourite item there is Swee Choon’s very own signature dish – the Mee Sua Kueh ($2.40) which 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, but still not bad.
They have recently introduced an eye-catching and tongue tingling Mala series with items of Mala Siew Mai ($2.80), Mala Xiao Long Bao ($5.60) and Tofu Bomb ($3.20). Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant (Jalan Besar)
Sum Dim Sum 心点心
161 Jalan Besar Singapore 208876
Tel: +65 9005 9381
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm (Mon – Fri), 10:30am – 3pm, 5pm – 11:30pm (Sat) 10:30am – 3pm, 5pm – 10:30pm (Sun)
Sum Dim Sim 心点心 is located right opposite Berseh Food Centre, of short walking distance from ‘competitor’ Swee Choon.
Its menu is extensive with steamed, pan-fried, deep-fried, baked items, noodles, porridge, rice and desserts. Most baskets and plates are priced ranging in the $4 – $6 region.
The recommended items include Fresh Prawn Dumpling with Asparagus, Wolfberry with Mushroom Dumpling, Bamboo Roll with Oyster Sauce, Spare Ribs with Black Bean Sauce, Golden Custard Bun, Pan-Fried Carrot Cake, Signature Hot & Spicy Dumpling, and Deep Fried Yam Dumpling.
The very one item to get would be the Baked Crispy Pork Bun ($6) – that item which is probably Tim Ho Wan’s most iconic.
You would notice the slight green hue on Sum Dim Sum’s version, the reason being there is pandan added. Therefore, you may even smell that delicate sweet fragrance as you take small bites. Sum Dim Sum (Jalan Besar)
https://wa.me/6590922662/ for details.
Dim Sum Haus
57 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208809
Tel: +65 6909 0777
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9:30am – 10:30pm (Sat), 9:30am – 9:30pm (Sun)
With dim sum handmade and cooked upon order, Dim Sum Haus is the other restaurant along the stretch of Jalan Besar.
While some of the other dim sum eateries are more cramped, Dim Sum Haus has a more inviting interior. Though prices are higher correspondingly.
Popular items include Pan Fried Mushroom Bun ($5.80), Baked Salted Egg Custard Bun ($5.90), Steamed Charcoal Chicken & Shrimp Dumplings ($5.20), Steamed Crispy Rice Roll with Shrimp ($5.50) and Hong Kong Boat Congee ($8.00).
A favourite is the soft Pan Fried Carrot Cake with Chinese Sausage ($4.40), soft and peppered with bits of Chinese sausage and fried shrimps.
The Dim Sum Place
791 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198759
Tel: +65 6655 8787
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 2am (Fri, Sat)
This is one of the very few Halal-certified Dim Dum places in Singapore.
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.
Featured items include the Steamed Chicken Siew Mai w/ Shrimp ($5.90), Crystal Shrimp Dumpling ($5.90), Molten Salted Egg Custard Bun ($5.90), Deep Fried Beancurd Skin with Prawn ($5.90), Deep Fried Carrot Cake ($4.90), Deep Fried Wanton ($6.90), DSP Egg Tarts ($4.90).
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.
Kuai San Dian Xin 块三点心
555 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Block 555, Singapore 560555
Opening Hours: 24 Hours
346A Kang Ching Rd, #01-01, Singapore 611346 (6am – 10pm)
21 Woodlands Cl, Primz Bizhub, Singapore 737854 (Opens 24 Hours)
Blk 878C Tampines Ave 8 Singapore 523878 (Opens 24 Hours)
Yes, every set of dim sum here is $1.30.
That makes price sensitive customers and those mathematically-challenged people calculate final cost easily (ie order 10 items and make it $13).
Basic dim sum items range from Har Gow, Siew Mai, Char Siu Bun, Steamed Rice Roll, Steamed Spare Ribs with Black Beans, to Coffee Pao, Seaweed Meat Roll to Beancurd Skin Roll.
While I won’t say all the items I had were extraordinary (for example the Custard Pao fillings were clumpy rather than smooth), they were decent items for its price. Better than say, the average food court items that can be more expensive and generic-tasting.
I would recommend going for the Big Pao at $1.30 each, filled with juicy meaty fillings and a slice of hard-boiled egg.
Dim Sum House
1G Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 545513
Tel: +65 8328 3369
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 9pm (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri), 9am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 9pm (Sat), 9am – 4pm (Sun), Closed Wed
Not to be confused with Dim Sum Haus at Jalan Besar, Dim Sum House is a relatively new store at Yio Chu Kang Road. There is another outlet at Old Airport Road #01-49.
The humble-looking eatery serves items reasonably priced around the $4 to $5 range.
What caught my attention were the adorable animal buns which usually require effort to craft.
While the names are not clearly stated on the menu, there is the “Porcupine” Red Bean Paste Bun ($4.50) and “Chick” Lotus Paste Bun ($4.50).
Though the yellow-chick bao appearance may remind some of Crystal Jade’s version.
The buns were steamed soft and fluffy, generously stuffed with red bean or lotus paste filing. I liked that their paste filling was not so cloyingly sweet, which made it very much enjoyable. Dim Sum House (Yio Chu Kang Road)
126 Dim Sum Wen Dao Shi 揾到食
126 Sims Ave, Singapore 387449
Tel: +65 6746 4757
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 3am (Mon – Sun)
A typical Hong Kong-style eatery at Geylang, the Dim Sum Wen Dao Shi is placed #1 on many people’s list of reliable restaurants to satisfy late-night supper cravings.
Don’t expect anything fanciful in terms of its interior, a casual slightly-cramped space.
But the menu is brimming with an exciting variety of dim sum platters, homemade concoctions, and savory drinks.
The number of items can get quite overwhelming for first timers though, faced with many sheets of paper with hand-written labels and pricing in a green plastic folder.
Some of the store’s specialty are the 115 Crispy Cheese “Tarik”, 3 Fried Prawn Dumpling, 76 Scallop Siew Mai, 862 Crab Tang Hoon (Fried Thai Style).
I also liked that there were more uncommon items found here, such as Mixed Seaweed Roll ($3.80), Fried Crab Balls ($4.50), Fried Cuttlefish Paste with Beancurd Skin ($4.80), To Fried Banana with Mango Roll ($4).
Food is fresh and service is fast considering the number of customers. They used to be opened 24/7 but have changed their operational hours.
Mongkok Dim Sum 旺角點心
214 Geylang Road, Singapore 389274
Tel: +65 8484 8829
Opening Hours: 24 Hours
Affordable and quite authentic, Mongkok Dim Sum is also popular for midnight cravings.
Customers love their Phoenix Prawn, Deep Fried Bean Curd Skin with Shrimp paste, and 3 Yolk Crab Porridge.
The Beef Horfun ($6.80, $14) is labelled as “Geylang Lor 9 Beef Horfun”. If you are wondering WHY, the two are owned by the same group.
Therefore, you would find that their styles are so similar – super-over-tender beef, thick sauce with that touch of spiciness. I think some people would not be able to tell the difference if there was a blind-taste test.
GrabFood Islandwide delivery available.
Tang Tea House
357 Bedok Road, Singapore 469545
Tel: +65 6445 9100
Opening Hours: 11am – 1am (Mon – Sun)
There are four locations for Tang Tea House – Simpang Bedok, Jalan Kayu, Jurong West and Changi Village.
The Halal-certified eatery does not only offer dim sum, but wide repertoire of items from seafood, noodles (Fried Kway Teow, Mee Goreng), rice (Kampong Fried Rice), roasted chicken, to rojak. Yes, rojak.
As for the dim sum items, recommended are Shanghai Steamed Dumplings ($5.56 – delivery pricing), Pan Fried Chicken Dumpling ($5.56), Golden Sand Bun ($5.67), Lo Mai Kai ($3.85), Har Kow ($5.35) and Lobster Mai ($6.53).
The dim sum items were okay, and I suspect they are better in their wok-fried dishes.
https://tangteahouse.oddle.me/en_SG. Minimum order of $50 with $5 delivery fee
Johore Ye Zhi Mei Handmade Bao
208 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208894
Tel: +65 6294 2210
Opening Hours: 24 Hours
There are many “Amy Yip” style Pau in Singapore. For those unaware, Amy Yip or Ye Zi Mei is a Hong Kong actress popular in the 80s for her voluptuous figure bust size.
These buns are so named to indicate the large emm… size.
While I was initially intimated by the size of the Super Big Bao ($3.50) – like how on earth can I finish this late night, but it was actually good stuff. (Note: handphone placed beside pau above to show the size.)
Fluffy skin, succulent meaty fillings, and flavourful.
Worth noting that the exterior was still soft and not soggy from the juices, and this tasted than other better similar-named buns.
I have yet to try other stuff, but there are Prawn Dumplings, Pork Ribs, Chicken Feet, Glutinous, Char Siew Rice, Prawn Siew Mai, Salted Egg Siew Mai, and Rice Noodles Rolls.
The items are inexpensively priced from $1.50 to $2.50.
91 Bencoolen Street, #01-49 Sunshine Plaza, Singapore 189652
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 8pm (Mon – Thurs, Sun), 10:30am – 9pm (Fri – Sat)
Victor’s Kitchen claims that they serve the “Best Custard Buns in Singapore” is located at Sunshine Plaza, with another outlet at Chinatown Point basement.
The restaurant at Sunshine Plaza is typically packed during peak hours, despite the cramped spaces and less than stellar service.
While their Liu Shao Bao aka Golden Egg Yolk Lava Bun ($4.80 for 3) has earned raving reviews and popularity, I will be frank to say I never really fussed about them.
Yes, their buns were better than the average, flowed lusciously and buttery-oily.
With that said, the other dim sum restaurants have probably upped their standards over the years, and are comparable (if not better).
A basket of dim sum typically cost $3.80 to $5.20 here, and other highlights include Victor’s King Prawn Dumpling, Tasty Queen-Sized Siew Mai, Steamed Carrot Cake with XO Sauce and HK Summer Iced Tea.
Tim Ho Wan
Great World City #01-139, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994
Tel: +65 6483 2000
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 9pm (Sat, Sun, PH)
Originally from Hong Kong, dim sum specialist Tim Ho Wan (添好運) earned its first Michelin star via Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau 2010 for its store in Mongkok, Kowloon.
As part of its innovation, Chefs Mak and Leung together with the Tim Ho Wan culinary team, have been tweaking their existing recipes and refining some of its popular dishes to develop a refreshed and updated menu across all its outlets.
Love your ”Hong You Chao Shou”? Bite into these bouncy and chewy Pork Dumplings in Hot & Spicy Sauce ($6.00 for 4 pieces), filled with a succulent minced pork filling, and taste that refreshing kick of ginger towards the end.
The wonton skin is delicately thin and silky smooth, drizzled with Tim Ho Wan’s red-hot chili oil and a special spicy sauce made with 18 different herbs and spices.
Tim Ho Wan food delivery is available islandwide on https://timhowan.oddle.me/en_SG and delivery platforms such as Deliveroo, GrabFood and Foodpanda.
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