And so we had a family lunch to celebrate father-in-law’s birthday. We had dimsum at old-school Cantonese restaurant Yan Palace.
Didn’t realize that it’d already been 4 years since our last visit. Am happy to report that the quality of the dimsum is consistent with what we had previously (thumbs up for consistency!). Although prices seem to be slightly higher, overall, prices are still very reasonable and good value.
I found that the best items are the prawn items. Crunchy, sweet and succulent, the prawns in the dimsum were exceedingly fresh and plump. They were still bouncy and juicy even when eaten 3 hours later (we packed some food home cos there were leftovers)!
Besides the items above, we also ordered:
- steamed chicken feet
- glutinous rice
- steamed prawn dumplings (har gow)
- pork & century egg congee
- steamed rice rolls (cheong fun) with prawn
Next time, I’d probably skip the uninspiring XO radish cake, dense yam cake, and soggy glutinous rice.
These mini egg tarts were addictive! They aren’t the flaky pastry kind, but rather the buttery shortcrust pastry type.
Because we were celebrating my father-in-law’s birthday, we also had “longevity peach” buns 寿桃. These were soft and fluffy, filled with smooth and not overly sweet lotus paste.
Chinese Hokkien and Teochew birthdays are also marked by eating mee sua 面线. These fried noodles were slightly on the oily side.
For most of the dimsum items, we had double portions. There were altogether 9 of us, including 3 children. The total bill came up to about S$150 (on average about S$25 per adult, even less if you count the kids). We thought that was pretty value for money considering the quantity and quality of food.
Like I said before, the dimsum at Yan Palace isn’t the exquisite kind. But if you’re looking for fresh and decent quality dimsum at affordable prices, Yan Palace fits the bill nicely.
Blk 531 Upper Cross Street
#01-49 Hong Lim Complex
Tel: +65 6222 2516
Mondays to Saturdays : 11:00am – 2:15pm
Sundays & Public Holidays : 10:00 am – 2:15pm
Dinner – Daily : 6:30pm – 10:00pm