When you really fancy authentic Chinese food, there aren’t that many Halal Options in Singapore especially for people like me who love it but cant find an alternative to the ones only in extremely busy tea houses which hold many other sights and smells that might put me off my food. Yes I am a reluctant foodie. One that likes food that doesn’t smell too strong or doesn’t contain graphic images of fish heads or octopus tentacles. So basically my options are limited by authenticity, halal certification and a clean atmosphere.
And after searching high and low, I found a hidden gem in Singapore called “The DIM SUM Place”. Situated on the corner of North Bridge Road and packed with customers at all hours, we suggest you call them or go online to make a reservation.
And here is what I have to say about the food and why this place is so popular.
CRYSTAL SHRIMP DUMPLINGS
Well you can’t go for Dim Sum and not have dumplings. As excited as I was to try out this best seller, I have to say as tasty as they were, they certainly aren’t the best ones I have had in Singapore. They are too big to pop into your mouth at once and the shrimp and vegetables are minced into this big fat lump. Only if they were smaller and the filling was lighter they would have been just perfect.
SWEET AND SPICY CHICKEN
This was delicious. Just the right amount of sweetness with a spicy kick without being over powering. The chicken was tender inside and crispy outside. The presentation was spot on and it looked mouthwatering good. Must try!
BROCCOLI AND CARROTS
Steamed to perfection and tossed in a flavourful sauce made this the perfect crunchy side dish. Or a palette cleanser in between dishes.
SALTED FISH SKIN
Before you assume I tried this, let me be honest. A fellow customer seated on a table very close to mine had ordered this dish I would not order in a million years and described it as “the best Salted Fish Skin ever!” So its crispy, it’s fried and it’s full of protein and Omega 3 so it’s healthy too. He really enjoyed it so it it’s your thing, go for it.
SHREDDED CHICKEN NOODLES
Just as the name suggests, these were noodles topped with shredded chicken, Served with condiments to add spice and Soy sauce to your liking along with a mushroom and a small side of greens. If you want to eat here and opt for a safe yet filling dish, this is for you.
VERMICELLI ROLL WITH SHRIMP
It was a pleasant surprise as we cautiously dug our chopsticks in to try this dish. It was delicious.
The vermicelli wrap was light and the shrimp was cooked to perfection. The dish was placed on Soy sauce and topped with spring onions which made it hearty, filling and flavourful dish. It comes with several other fillings options too like mixed seafood, fried prawns or roasted duck.
STEAMED CHICKEN SIEW MAI WITH SHRIMPS
This open-faced dumpling is stuffed with steamed minced chicken and shrimps, it’s not only mouthwatering to look at, it’s hearty, flavourful comfort food! Highly recommend it.
From fresh Juices to soft drinks to local iced teas, there is a wide variety of thirst quenching drinks on the menu.
All in all, it’s a nice, clean place to eat. There were friends hanging out, couples enjoying a quiet meal as well as families with children. There is ample seating inside and outside and the staff is friendly. We will keep going back for more and we suggest you try it out.
791 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198759
Tel : 65 6655 8787 (for reservations)
Falak Amaar Khan is a member of Team FUCHSIA, heading the Fashion section in her capacity as a fashion designer, stylist and choreographer. As a writer, Falak covers fashion, community and entertainment. This super busy mother of two is working towards supporting a cause through her work. She would also love to integrate more into the Singaporean community, and explore the island in a more realistic manner.
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