When it comes to food especially if we’re talking about having a dim sum spread, my bff and I would go to great lengths just to satisfy our cravings. Like taking leaves or clearing a few off in lieus even though we should be at work on a Monday mid noon. It must be a joke to some of you- wasting a full day leave just for a few hours worth of brunch and then go shop shop for the rest of the day. But that’s how we love our life; with specks of in-between breaks.
I know of this place call East Ocean Teochew Restaurant when they were still at Shaw Lido. My family used to go there for our weekend dim sums brunch/feasta and their snowskin mooncakes are a must-have for me every mid-autumn. So you might have guess that this is old-school Chinese restaurant is on my top few places to go for basketfuls of petite snacks.
They moved into their new premises (now a floor above Imperial Treasure Shanghai Cuisine) back in 2012 and apart from the now more Crystal Jade restaurant sleek and modern design, their menu still stays the same. A good variety to choose from- like petite Egg Tarts ($5.80) to your common must have dishes, namely Har Gau ($6.00) and Chee Cheong Fun ($5.80).
But really. Six bucks for four shrimp dumplings?! Not that I’m complaining about the quality of their handmade light snacks but isn’t boy oh boy! Dim Sums in Singapore are starting to get more pricey. Sometimes I wished the quality of life in Singapore isn’t so high.
And of course how could we missed out on the greatest invention in the culinary world? While I won’t say East Ocean’s rendition of the Custard Buns ($5.00) are the best out there, they do suffices our need for delicious-ness!
Skip their Siew Mais ($5.00) and Char Siu Baos ($4.20) for I don’t think they are worth our daily calories intake. Instead opt for their more cuter treats.
Like Mr Penguin (3 pieces; $6.00) which is a semi steamed fried lotus salted egg paste mixture bun shaped into happy feet or Gold Tortoise (3 pieces; $6.00); a cuter version of the famous po luo baos with the unmistakable savory taste of bak gua filling in it. There’s more but we were too full to order anymore of them and at $2.00 a piece each, they certainly are not something to order and order more.
Overall, I find their dim sums menu still as good but mediocre if I wanna make comparisons with places offering the same prices as them. I wouldn’t be back too soon since there are so many finer establishments in Singapore but this is one good place to consider for a family dim sum gathering or like two of us- a weekday brunch away from work.
East Ocean Teochew Restaurant
391 Orchard Road #05-08/09 Ngee Ann City
T: 6235 9088