We’re not really sure how dim sum people like us have never been to Swee Choon Tim Sum until a few weeks ago. But we did, and after several postponements, we finally trooped down to the dim sum restaurant in Little India on a Saturday evening.
Swee Choon serves a variety of traditional Hong Kong and Shanghai dim sum, as well as a range of Shanghainese and tze-char noodle and rice dishes. Dim sum recommendations (thank you Foursquare and Instagram) include the Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun, Xiao Long Bao and their signature Fried Mee Sua Kueh. We weren’t in the mood for the first two, but Sarah’s eyes lit up at the mention of the last dish.
This was something new for both of us! It had an interesting texture – imagine strands of beehoon “congealed” into a block and deep fried. Its edges are cripsy but the center remains moist and soft. This is a nice twist to the usual fried carrot/yam cake.
Swee Choon’s rendition of my favourite pork ribs with black bean sauce is pretty darn good and is thankfully more meat than bones.
The star of our meal, for me at least, was this chee cheong fun. This is the plain cheong fun (no fillings inside) dumped in too much sesame oil and served with two different sauces – sweet sauce and erm, the spicy version of the sweet sauce. It was so good.
The restaurant opens only in the evening and operates through the night till 6am. We think this would be a very popular supper place for late night folks unlike ourselves. The restaurant faces the busy Jalan Besar Road. If you drive, you can park at one of the small lanes perpendicular to Jalan Besar (Syed Alwi, Desker and Rowell Road; good luck with parking). The restaurant is pretty big and comprises an airconditioned area and some outdoor seating out in the back alley. We got an outdoors table right away, but there is usually a queue for the airconditioned area. Service is prompt and efficient. We got our food within 15 minutes of ordering.
Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant
191 Jalan Besar Road
6pm – 6am, closed on Tuesdays