Lei Garden – Dim Sum Delights

8 03 2011

A dim sum lunch is perfect for a birthday meal! After all, dim sum (点心) literally means “touching the heart”, which is what a birthday meal is all about…feeling the love, care and concern, if only for a day a year…

So my friends got this investment book called The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham (Warren Buffett’s shifu), which might help in inculcating the skills required to sell risky structured products to unsavvy investors in the future…and with food, guess that makes 2 of my life’s passion.

Lei Garden is only a short walk over from SMU, and it’s really nice to be able to soak in Chijmes’s chill-out ambience during a school day.

We started the meal with some Rainbow Egg & Shredded Pork Congee ($5.80). It was very decent with a nice smooth texture.

I have had better so I didn’t really think too much of the Deep Fried Taro Dumpling with Minced Chicken ($4.30), nor the Pan Fried Carrot Cake.

The Steamed Cheong Fan with Char Siew was awesome! While thicker than most dim sum joints, the skin of the cheong fan was unbelievably smooth.

What I found most abysmal was the Xiao Long Pao. The skin was awfully dry, over steamed perhaps?

Had ambivalent feelings about the Steamed Custard Bun with Salted Egg Yolk ($3.80). On one hand, I liked the unique chocolate twirls on the bun, but the custard filling was a bit of a let down. Firstly, there wasn’t enough custard to have the oozing effect when I peeled it open, secondly there was a lack of the distinct taste of salted egg yolk.

As for the Har Kow ($4.80) and Siew Mai ($4.30), I thought they were just decent enough.

The Char Siew Pao ($4.80) was just average, much lacking in fillings.

For desserts, I ordered some Tang Yuan (Rice Dumpling), a Mango Pudding with Dragon Fruit and a Gui Ling Gao (Herbal Jelly) to share. Nothing particularly memorable though.

Food does taste better with good company. I truly enjoyed my delightful dim sum lunch there though next time, its probably going to be Wah Lok or Royal China. (Can’t believe I still haven’t got down to trying them yet!)

Bon Appetit!




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