瑞春 Swee Choon: Now serving lunch [Updated]
Updated on 10 Jan 2017
Growing up, I was never a fan of dim sum. It was breakfast food (a meal I usually skip), expensive (portions are so small, yet the prices are so high), and mostly made up of stuff I did not eat as a kid (chicken feet? no thanks). I carried these notions about dim sum into my 20s, after which I discovered the likes of Swee Choon and 126 (topic to be continued another day).
For many, Swee Choon requires little introduction. It was a supper place serving dim sum at affordable prices. For me, I never bothered to try it; and it was wifey who first suggests that we visit Swee Choon for dinner some 5 years ago after she found out that it was near our new place. Who knew that the suggestion will lead us to visit Swee Choon 2-3 times every month ever since.
During our latest visit in October, we found out that Swee Choon has extended their working hours to lunchtime. This means the same expansive and affordable menu is now available for lunch! Good for those working/living in the area.
What we had
The Shanghai Xiao Long Pau is a must-eat in our opinion. The pau skin is thin yet holds together nicely, and the filling is sweet and juicy. I think we never fail to order this at every visit.
The Chee Choong Fun is pretty standard-fare but you won’t go wrong with it. Just make sure the waiter/waitress pours in ample sauce when they serve it; we find that it is more shiok when the pieces are soaked-through with the sauce.
The Baked BBQ Pork Pastry is another perennial favourite of ours. The BBQ pork filling compliments the pastry skin very well.
The Steamed Chicken with Egg was something new that I tried this time. I was expecting steamed egg but it was closer to steam chicken dunked in egg drop soup. I must say that it was good from the first taste, and the stock used was very sweet and aromatic.
The Shrimps Fried Rice is not award-winning, but is good enough for filling up the stomach when the dim sum is not enough. I find that it is great for pairing with the steamed chicken with egg or steamed pork ribs. Also worthy of note is the hae bee hiam chilli that is served as condiment. For us, it added a layer of spice and sweetness that compelled us to finish every grain of rice on the plate.
The Onion Pancake is quite good, but the name is poorly translated from 瑞春招牌手撕饼. Instead of onion, it is closer to a scallion-flavoured roti prata. A dish of chilli oil is provided as a dip for the pancake. The wifey likes the dip, while I find that the pancake is equally good, with or without dipping.
Overall, Swee Choon still does not disappoint after 5 years of eating there. We are still trying out items in the menu, which speaks volume about the number of items that they have available. It is a great thing that they are now open for lunch.
[Update] One more round… and more…
We visited Swee Choon for dinner again recently. We had some of the usual dishes, as well as some new ones. (actually, their menu is so extensive that I don’t think we have tried everything yet)
What we had
The Law Mai Kai here is one of the better ones I have had. The rice is flavourful and the meat is moist. I’m not a big fan of the xiang gu though (I let wifey eat that part of the law mai kai).
The Yam Fritter is a fave of wifey. The filling has ample amount of minced meat mixed into the yam – the result is quite rich and savory. Also, each fritter is rather big IMO, hence this dish can be rather heavy.
The Deep Fried Chive Roll is another dish that we order quite often. We suspect the chive+meat filling used here also used for the Chive Pork Dumpling, but the 2 dishes are nice in their own ways. For the chive roll, the crispy skin pairs very well with the soft, meaty filling. Even though it is slightly oily, the small portion always leaves us wanting more.
The Sliced Duck In Spring Onion Pastry is a new item on the menu. I don’t remember much of it as it was our first time trying it – just that it was good (I think they used a slice of smoked duck inside each of these) but the portion was too small.
And, lastly, some Pu Er to wash everything down. (eat dim sum, so must drink chinese tea right?)
Address: 185/187/189/191 Jalan Besar Singapore 208882
Access: 10-minute walk from Farrer Park MRT station