Ho Kee Pau (和記包) is everywhere. You can find one at Food Republic food court over at Nex, Serangoon or head down Maxwell Hawker Center if you are in town. While their website says they have 14 outlets across Singapore, they are not in my mental list of best dim sums in Singapore. But I’m sure we all have days we just want to spam a table full of cheap and decent dim sum.
Or at least that’s how my family Sunday eating habits has conditioned how I think of food.
My family frequent the Geylang outlet a lot and they have been around for years and yes, this is also another dim sum establishment to consider for super duper late night snacking too. Geylang’s Ho Kee is within walking distance from Aljunied MRT Station and the entire eatery looks very run down and often very humid, we must all admit this is one of those places you pay mostly for their food. (See below for prices of their food.)
Their service crew are a common reflection of Singapore’s F&B industry. Comprising of mostly Chinese nationals and Chinese Malaysians but they are very polite and willing to attend to our table needs. Perhaps because my dad is a regular customer but in general I see their staffs doing the same for other tables too.
It’s really easy to spend a bomb and over order as most of the must-have dim sum dishes are under $4.00. I think my family end up with a $45.00 bill with all the extra takeaways for breakfast tomorrow. If you’re expecting the coffeeshop coffee and tea then no. They actually have one of those conventional coffee vending machine. Order their chilled soy milk or grass jelly drink instead.
Everything here is just so so but good enough to curb one’s craving for dim sum. I wished majority of their food were served hotter. We had quite a few dishes and my favourites were their char siu bao & sou (puff pastry) and I swear I could down two plates of egg tarts myself if I wasn’t so health concious now. They also have wanton mee too and whike the noodles are more chewy but it is more expensive for a few strips of barbecued meat compared to other better known wanton mee hawker stall.
Everywhere has its hits and misses and for Ho Kee Pau, I sure don’t mind coming back again but I will stay clear of their glutinous rice and chicken feet.
Ho Kee Pau
43 Geylang Lorong 27
Tel: +65 6742 1468
Open 24 hours daily