Nostalgic dim sum at Man Fu Yuan, Intercontinental Singapore

Exquisite Hong Kong-style dimsum has always been a strength of Man Fu Yuan’s, one of Singapore’s most acclaimed fine-dining Cantonese restaurants. Ever since NEA lifted the suspension of the restaurant’s operations after a food poisoning episode last December, Man Fu Yuan has tightened their supervisory regime and hygiene practices. When we visited the restaurant for a media lunch preview on a weekday, it was as busy as before. Clearly they have bounced back from this unfortunate incident.

I’ve long been a fan of Man Fu Yuan’s authentic and exquisite dimsum. To add on to their usual repertoire, Man Fu Yuan will be serving nostalgic 1950s dimsum created by veteran dimsum chef Simon Poon.

We started our meal with this luxurious double-boiled seafood dumpling in superior stock.

Double-boiled Assorted Seafood Dumpling in Superior Stock, $13.80 per person

Double-boiled Assorted Seafood Dumpling in Superior Stock, $13.80 per person

Simmered for hours to extract the goodness of chicken, the clear stock is light but robust and nourishing all at once.

Inside the dumpling is a bundle of sea treasures.

Inside the dumpling is a bundle of sea treasures.

The dumpling is bursting with finely cubed abalone, dried scallop, sea cucumber and sea whelk. There’s also an abundance of collagen jelly cubes. Edible collagen! Imagine the wonders it’ll do to your skin!

Minced pork dumpling with quail egg, S$6.80 for three pieces

Minced Pork Dumpling with Quail Egg (Siew Mai), S$6.80 for three pieces

The bouncy siew mai has a traditional touch that can hardly be found elsewhere these days: quail egg within the dumpling.

Bean Curd Skin Roll with Shrimps in Oyster Sauce, $6.80 for three pieces

Bean Curd Skin Roll with Shrimps in Oyster Sauce, $6.80 for three pieces

The beancurd skin roll is filled with a mixture of springy minced pork and prawn. The beancurd skin soaks up the tasty gravy, so every bite is an explosion of juicy yumminess.

Phoenix Feet with X.O. Sauce, $5.20 per serving

Phoenix Feet with X.O. Sauce, $5.20 per serving

Didn’t try the chicken feet, but it sure looks tantalizing.

Lotus Root Cake with Minced Pork & Shrimp, $5.20 for three pieces

Lotus Root Cake with Minced Pork & Shrimp, $5.20 for three pieces

This is also another traditional item hardly found now. Slices of crunchy sweet lotus root topped with minced pork and prawns are pan-fried till golden brown.

Glutinous Rice Dumpling Traditional Style, $5.20 for three pieces

Glutinous Rice Dumpling Traditional Style, $5.20 for three pieces

Ah, hum soi kok has always been my must-eat dimsum item in Man Fu Yuan. Not many restaurants serve this now, but it’s a truly classic Hong Kong dimsum item. And Man Fu Yuan’s version is outstanding.

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Inside the hum soi kok.

The golden brown exterior is delicately crisp, while the sweet glutinous rice dough is alluringly chewy on the inside. Together with the moist and savoury filling of preserved radish, mushroom and chicken, this hum soi kok is simply irresistible!

Spring Roll with Shredded Chicken & Century Egg, $6.80 for three pieces

Spring Roll with Shredded Chicken & Century Egg, $6.80 for three pieces

Another unusual but nostalgic dimsum, this spring roll has been given a modern makeover with the use of Vietnamese net spring roll wrappers and seaweed strips. The combination of chicken and century egg is certainly intriguing.

Custard Ball with Sweet Potato, $6.80 for three pieces

Custard Ball with Sweet Potato, $6.80 for three pieces

This is a new creation: mashed Japanese sweet potato filled with warm, molten sweet-salty custard. It’s a must-try!

Portuguese Egg Tart, $5.20 for three pieces

Portuguese Egg Tart, $5.20 for three pieces

To pay homage to his Macau roots, Chef Poon has also introduced the Portuguese Egg Tart with rich crème brûlée textured custard encased in a flaky, buttery pastry shell. The tart case is beautifully airy and melt-in-the-mouth.

Glutinous Rice Served with Preserved Meat & Premium Sausages, $88 per serving

Glutinous Rice Served with Preserved Meat & Premium Sausages, $88 per serving

According to their press release: There will also be a weekly showcase of special off-menu items such as sumptuous glutinous rice steamed to perfection in a large bamboo steamer, enhanced by premium Chinese sausages, specially blended sauce, with a generous sprinkling of toasted peanuts and lard for added flavour.

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Nostalgic server

Just like in the 50s, staff will be serving traditional style dim sum on trays hung around their neck.

The new dim sum selections will be available in the daily la carte menu.

They are also part of the Weekend Dim Sum Buffet Brunch priced at $88++ per adult and $58++ per child (aged from four to 12),  and available on weekends and public holidays between 11.45 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

Diners may choose from over 60 sumptuous dishes from the Weekend Dim Sum Buffet Brunch including Double-boiled Bird’s Nest with Chinese Ham in Superior Stock, Baked Egg Tart with Hashima and Braised Baby Abalone and Sea Cucumber with Brown Sauce.

The traditional-style dimsum from yesteryear will be available from now till end May 2013.

Prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Man Fu Yuan
InterContinental Singapore
80 Middle Road
Singapore 188966
Tel: +65 6825 1062
URL: http://www.intercontinental.com/singapore

Open daily:
Lunch: 11.45am to 3.30pm (last order 2.30pm)
Dinner: 6.30pm to 10.30pm (last order 10pm)

Many thanks to Man Fu Yuan and InterContinental Singapore for the invitation.

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