A few scoops here. Some quick nips there. Then wash everything down with a couple of sips and start the process of scooping and nipping all over again. That’s what having dim sum with family or friends is all about! Some people like their affair plain and simple while others enjoy something a little more elaborate. It’s just a matter of choice isn’t it?
A quick walk up the colonial stairs of Raffles Hotel and you will find the unmistakeable sky-blue signboard of Royal China from across. Honestly speaking, this ain’t my first time visiting such a posh place for weekend dim sum considering that it used to be my family past time when I was young. I have to say out of so many places I’ve been so far, I daresay Royal China is one of those better dim sum restaurants in Singapore.
It was a tough decision to decide what to order especially when you read each and every one of those descriptions. My brunch partner and I were close to ordering everything on the menu but we reckon that would be doing dishes after that just to pay up our tab. If you’re thinking that dining at hotels equates to paying exorbitant prices, well I’m telling you, it’s much lesser than what you think. That is you don’t order as if you’re in a buffet of course…
To kick start my tasting buds, I always like to start my dim sum on a lighter note. It’s just a personal preference. How about a bowl of Century Egg Porridge ($6.80)? Honestly speaking, ever since I went to China and had really good and smooth congee, I just can’t find another place that could rival that taste. I’m guessing the best Chinese dishes can only be found back in the mainland?
On the contrary, their basket of siew mai or Pork Dumplings ($5.60) as it was called left me wishing I ordered more baskets and come alone instead of sharing with my partner.
I am always seeking for the best har gaus in Singapore. It’s almost like an obsessive-compulsive disorder if you really want to know. Four big juicy Prawn Dumplings ($5.60) might just do the trick but otherwise, I would continue my search for better lookings one.
It’s been quite a while since I had a plate of Char Siu Sous ($4.30) and with Royal China’s rendition being so flaky, buttery, sweet and savoury all in one pastry. What more could you expect?
Maybe a plate of Egg Tarts ($4.90) perhaps?
Behold! The glorious Liu Sha Bao ($4.80) with molten gold liquid. Easily the ideal salted egg yolk buns you can ever have in Singapore! As a rule of thumb, NEVER EVER put the whole bun in your mouth. Trust me, you will bound to regret it when the hot scalding custard touches the walls of your mouth.
A little tear into the bun to keep the liquid oozing and dip the contents with the pillow-like buns. That’s how you eat custard buns safely.
After talking about their custard buns, the rest seemed to be like history. I’m not saying they aren’t that fantastic. Let’s just say I expected more than what it suppose to be. Our bill worked out to $66.50 (Including GST & Service Charge). I thought it was a steal considering we ordered almost 10 baskets worth of food which is more than enough for four person but in actual fact is just two person eating everything. I’m guessing you must be shocked to imagine a table full of food with only two person wolfing everything right?
Royal China is one of those posh restaurants that I personally recommend to my friends when they’re seeking somewhere nice for dim sum. Come on a weekday if you want to avoid the weekends family crowd. It does get a bit irritating when the babies start crying.
Raffles Hotel #03-09
1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673
Tel: +65 6338 3363