This was also another place recommended by a friend to us. Little did we know that this place is ‘Dim Sum by Day, Steamboat by Night’. How interesting.
Located at SS4 facing the LDP, one cannot miss this eatery, thanks to the huge signboard in front of the shop. Both gNOMes were also impressed with their word play (if you read it top to bottom, left to right, it shows dim sum and steamboat),
Love the rustic ambiance they came up with. Washed out planks painted with various shades of colors, blue walls and grey beams. The combination of those colors are rather peculiar yet fascinating. Their tables have embedded steamboat stoves in the middle which serve great purpose during dinner time.
Chen Nian Pu Er Tea (RM6) with minimum 2 pax. Teas are always a must for dim sums, be it your good old favourite chinese tea, Pu Er tea or Oolong tea. Adds points to the experience.
Stir Fried Radish Cake (RM6.80). Cubed radish cakes fried with plenty of bean sprouts, spring onions and eggs. A rather safe choice and standard fare to order. The radish cake was tasty and not too oily. The chunks were big and not too sticky as well. Overall, this was a good starter to have.
Creamy Egg Yolk Bun (RM4.80 for 2 pieces). Chef’s recommendation. Yes we all know why. The egg yolk filing was fragrant yet with a little hint of saltiness. The filing is sure to flow out if one tears it into half, so get a plate ready to avoid any messy affair. Then, wipe the plate clean with the remaining bun bits. Just only one ‘complaint’ : We could do with more filling 😛
Mini Lotus Paste Bun (RM3.20 for 3 pieces). This is everything one would expect from lotus paste. The right amount of sweetness (this filling is generally present in mooncakes) in bite size makes the gNOMes happy.
Barbequed Pork Bun (RM3.60 for 2 pieces). Char Siew bun is another standard must-have in every dim sum meal. This one in particular was decent, however the bun to filling ratio left much to be desired.
Fresh Prawn Dumpling/Har Gau (RM6). This basket of Har Gau was gNOMe 2’s brother’s favourite dim sum among all. The prawns were fresh, wrapped with chives. Dipped it with the Kampung Koh Chilli Sauce or the sweet black sauce for a complete package.
Siu Mai with Shrimp (RM5). The cornerstone of every dim sum meal. The Siu Mais were surprisingly yummy, given the fact that many dim sum shops out their often neglect their Siu Mai standards. The Siu Mais were actually pretty loaded with minced meat and shrimp bits with a thin layer of skin, making them palatable when coupled with the Kampung Koh Chilli Sauce. If the chefs can get the most basic dim sum right, you know you won’t be too disappointed.
Pork Ribs With Yam (RM4.50). Another lip-smacking dim sum spread. We actually ordered this 3 times, just because we can’t get enough of it after finishing one after another! Cooked together with black beans, the ribs are steamed until soft, and the essence oozing out with a blanket of yam pieces underneath. So palatable until we wiped the plate clean 😀
Minced Beef Ball (RM6). The minced beef was actually a good alternative to the normal fish ball. Dipped in Kampung Koh Chilli Sauce, one could swear that there is a hint of “tomyam-like” flavoring there!
Deep Fried Avacado with Kataifi (RM5.50). All of us were actually pretty reluctant to order this, and boy, were we wrong! The avocados have been mashed into pulps, and then deep fried. For you gNOMers, kataifi (pronounced kuh-tuh-EE-fee) is a type of filo pastry that is widely used in Greek and Mediterranean desserts. Most dessert chefs use kataifi to add the wow factor to savory dishes. We were taken aback by this delicious pastry fusion dim sum. Crunchy and very fragrant.
Deep Fried Bacon Spring Roll (RM5). 1 word is enough. BACON. What more do you need to know?? 😀 Aside from that, the crispy shell around it was fragrant, at the same time not stealing the thunder nor taking any taste away from the bacon.
Pan Fried Shanghai Meat Dumpling (RM5). Can’t always be perfect, can we? If there was a weakness, it had to be this one. The meat dumpling was fairly lacking in taste, in stark contrast to it’s other siblings here. Despite having the advantage of a winning combination of vinegar + ginger as a dip, somehow the ginger wasn’t spicy enough, neither did the dip complement the dumplings.
Verdict : Overall this is a good place to have breakfast should one want a simple meal of dim sum in the morning, or afternoon. Try some of the more uncommon flavors there, you might be pleasantly surprised. We hear the steamboat is even more well-received. The gNOMes shall be back again at night for sure!
How to get there :
Address : 19, SS4D/2, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Contact Number : +603-7887 4557
Opening Hours : Tuesdays to Sundays. 0930 hours till 1430 hours.