Dim Sum @Mandarin

Yesterday we had a lovely dim sum lunch at Mandarin restaurant with my ex-flatmate whom we hadn’t seen in months. Mandarin is by far the best Chinese restaurant in town and serves a decent dim sum menu. Lunch was followed by a nice walk across town doing some shopping (and burning calories!).

We then made a visit to her newly bought flat to hang out for the rest of the afternoon. I plied her for specifics of her furnishings for when I eventually do get a place of my own. Who knew doors could be shaved? All in all, a relaxing and enjoyable day.

Tarn Tart (Egg Custard Tarts)

Back home, the same shop which sells siew pau also sells these egg custard tarts and I would often be quite conflicted over which to eat. So I usually ate both. These tarts had flaky pastry and quite soft custard. The ones I have at home are usually made of shortcrust pastry and have a firmer custard filling. Both versions are delicious all the same!

Yam Croquettes

These had a lovely flaky crust and a tasty yam flavour and weren’t greasy at all but I think it could have done with more chicken and onion filling.

Siu Mai (Pork and Prawn Dumplings)

Pretty standard, these are the basic dumplings in any dim sum menu.

Har Gow (Prawn Dumplings)

Thin and translucent skin to these dumplings which were filled with juicy bursty prawns. Yum!

Kai Kiok (Chicken Feet in Black Bean Sauce)

I never quite got to liking chicken feet. All those little bones in the feet! However the boyfriend said they were good. End of story.

Whelks in Spicy Bean Sauce

One of my favourite dishes to order, these were just nicely chewy and not tough, steamed in a salty bean sauce.

Deep Fried Spring Rolls

Very light and crisp, the chef clearly has a knack with the deep fryer. Apart from the nice mushroom bits in the filling however, this wasn’t anything to shout about.

Har Mai Cheong Fun (Dried Prawns Rice Rolls)

These rolls were generously filled with dried prawns and spring onions and doused in soy sauce. Delicious! We also had another version filled with minced beef flavoured with chinese wine which was also good, but this one has to be my favourite dish.

Char Siu Pau (Steamed Pork Buns)

Pillowy soft buns filled with barbecued pork which were another hit.

Check out Mandarin’s website. They do great dishes for dinner as well, and my favourite is the monk fish and seasonal vegetables.

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