A few weeks ago, a friend brought me to Pan Pacific Singapore to try Hai Tien Lo’s weekday dim sum buffet.
It’s priced at S$56++ per adult and requires a minimum of two diners. The full menu can be viewed here.
The menu begins with soup. There are four to choose from, and each diner is limited to one choice.
Between the two of us, we picked Braised Shredded Abalone with Crab Meat in Thick Broth, and Double-Boiled Soup of the Day (which was old cucumber pork rib soup).
Here are the dim sum selections that we tried. These can be ordered unlimited.
Overall, the dim sum items were finely made. For me, those that stood out were baked barbequed pork pastry (char siew puff), steamed Teochew dumplings, and steamed shrimp dumplings (har gow). The rest were quite forgettable.
Then we came to the “Specialty” section, where each table could only order 3 dishes. We tried the Roast Duck, Wasabi Mayo Prawns, and Diced Grouper Fish with Pine Mushrooms.
For the price they were charging, I thought they could be more generous and let each table order a maximum of 5 dishes instead of just 3.
There are 4 dessert items to choose from; each diner can order two. So we tried all four:
- Chilled Cream of Mango Sago with Pomelo;
- Almond Cream with Lotus Seed;
- Double-boiled White Fungus with Osmanthus; and
- Maltose Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Sesame Paste coated with Ground Nuts
Our unanimous favourite was the refreshingly clear white fungus with osmanthus sweet soup. The chilled mango sago was pretty good too.
But the best dessert has to be the bean curd with bird’s nest. Lightly chilled and mildly sweet, the bean curd was ultra silky and topped with a generous amount of concentrated bird nest.
Hai Tien Lo
Pan Pacific Singapore
7 Raffles Boulevard,
Tel: +65 6826 8240
Lunch: 11:30 to 14:30
Dinner: 18:30 to 22:30