Dimsum @ Yan Palace

Howdy, dear friends! It wasn’t my intention to go AWOL for so long. Here’s what happened to me: Got really busy, then got really sick, and then really busy again.

Three Sundays ago, Rick and I had a double-date with Keropokman and his babe (and my old schoolmate), Momo. It was Momo who suggested dimsum brunch at a very old-school Cantonese establishment — Yan Palace Restaurant.

yan palace siew mai

Steamed Pork Dumplings "Siew Mai", S$3.20

We kicked started our meal with the pre-requisite siew mai. Meaty and bouncy — it was rustic but good.

Deep Fried Yam Balls with Lychee

Deep Fried Yam Balls with Lychee, S$3.20

Curiosity got the better of me. Yam puff with lychee? We all agreed it sounded much more interesting than it tasted.

Baked BBQ Pork Pastry

Baked BBQ Pork Pastry, S$3.20

With its thick crust, the char siew puff didn’t look promising. Surprisingly, the pastry was buttery and rather melt-in-the-mouth. Definitely not as stellar as Crystal Jade’s version, but I’d order this again.

Steamed Chicken Claws in Spicy Sauce

Steamed Chicken Claws in Spicy Sauce, S$2.60

I didn’t touch the chicken feet. Not very nice, according to Keropokman and Momo, who are THE chicken feet experts.

Steamed Dumplings "Teochew" Style

Steamed Dumplings "Teochew" Style, S$2.60

Filled mostly with veggies, these were pretty refreshing.

Steamed "Cheong Fun" with Prawn

Steamed "Cheong Fun" with Prawn, S$3.60

The rice flour rolls were rather thick but sufficiently soft, with a single big prawn in each roll.

Deep Fried Prawn Dumpling, S$3.60

Except for siew mai and har kow (which come in fours), dimsum items always come in threes. I wonder why?

Anyway, the wait staff at Yan Palace thoughtfully cut all trio dimsum items into halves so all four of us could have a go.

Steamed Prawn Dumpling "Har Kow", S$3.60

The har kow — though petite in size — boasted fresh, bouncy prawn and sufficiently thin, resilient skin.

Deep Fried Banana & Prawn Rolls, S$3.60

Momo and I both love banana and prawn rolls. Not many places do this well, but this was a very good rendition. Would definitely order this again if we return.

Deep Fried Pumpkin Pastry with Oatmeal, S$2.60

Another interesting-sounding item. Couldn’t detect where the oatmeal part was. The crispy skin was slightly chewy (probably glutinous rice flour dough).

Pan Fried Carrot Cake, S$3.20

Radish cake = too dense and not enough flavor. Will skip this next time.

Steamed Spare Ribs in Black Bean Sauce, $3.20

Well-executed, but nothing wow about the steamed spare ribs.

For old-school, decent quality, and affordable dimsum, Yan Palace fits the bill nicely. The dimsum is not say the refined type, but I was impressed with the freshness of the ingredients, particularly the prawns.

Out of around 30 items on the dimsum menu, we ordered 12. The bill, including tea and taxes, came up to a very affordable S$50.55 for 4 people.

By the way, good luck if you’re coming here for Sunday breakfast/lunch. Expect full capacity, with lengthy queues at the door to boot. Apparently, Yan Palace remains a popular Sunday dimsum destination for large families and groups.

Yan Palace Restaurant
Blk 531 Upper Cross Street
#01-49 Hong Lim Complex
Singapore 050531
Tel: 65-6222 2516

URL: http://yanpalace.com.sg

Mon – Sat: 11am – 2.15pm
Sun & public holidays: 10am – 2.15am
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10pm daily