Hong Kong Dim Sum 香港点心 @ New Century Food Paradise

I had dim sum for supper twice recently. My Indonesian friend was in town (night flight) and I brought him to 126 Eating House (揾到食) but although the food was good as usual, the street lighting was not cooperative. This was before my trip to Bangkok.

Tom Yum flavoured Siu Mai.

Tom Yum flavoured Siu Mai.

Deep-fried Fish Maw with Thai chilli sauce.

Deep-fried Fish Maw with Thai chilli sauce.

Claypot Duck Porridge. Very satifying and will come back for this.

Claypot Duck Porridge. Very satifying and will come back for this.

Forget about ordering the stuffed crab dishes. The Taro Prawn did not impress also. I liked the Duck Porridge (best) and Tom Yum Siu Mai. Click here for other delectable dishes from 126 Eating House (揾到食).

Even though I said forget about ordering the stuffed crab items earlier, Dim Sum (點心) cannot really disappoint anyone as there are many varieties to choose from and by the same principle, not all items will please. Different restaurants and eateries have different signature dim sum items and you just have to commit that to your memory what and where to order when you dine out. We are truly blessed to have many good dim sum restaurants as well as street dim sum in food courts and shophouses with some operating 24 hours even, in Singapore. I have eaten at quite a few places (from fine dining to street eateries) and still there are plenty of places I have not tried. I will never tire of eating dim sum because every now and then, new creations will appear. My only fear is that you may become sick of seeing dim sum posts 😉

Upon my my return, I had another round of dim sum with my buddies, May and Ross (btw, he doesn’t eat dim sum) at New Century Paradise Food Court. There are two dim sum operators there. The one I have eaten before was closed for the night and so I ordered from this one.

Looking at the display made me happy already.

Looking at the display made me happy already.

I asked the lady if they sold Pitan Mai which is siu mai with century egg. Nope, they don't. This is supposedly a new creation sold by someone else and I have yet to track that hawker down.

I asked the lady if they sold Pitan Mai which is siu mai with century egg. Nope, they don’t. This is supposedly a new creation sold by someone else and I have yet to track that hawker down.

皮蛋瘦肉 or Century Egg Egg & Pork Congee. The crispy crackers on the porridge added some crunch which quickly soften in the warmth of the porridge. Even when limp, they provided some texture to the gruel. I loved this one, the crispy crackers were titillating my taste buds. The sapid lean pork was tender too.

皮蛋瘦肉 or Century Egg Egg & Pork Congee.
The crispy crackers on the porridge added some crunch which quickly soften in the warmth of the porridge. Even when limp, they provided some texture to the gruel. I loved this one, the crispy crackers were titillating my taste buds. The sapid lean pork was tender too.

This is Chinese version of Carrot Cake. There's no carrots, only raddish (we called white carrot). Topped with bitty pieces of scrumptious minced meat, mushrooms, dried shrimps and spring onions. The cake was dense (old school) but not hard or overly dry. It was a refreshing change from the softer version we get from finer restaurants.

This is Chinese version of Carrot Cake. There’s no carrots, only raddish (we called white carrot). Topped with bitty pieces of scrumptious minced meat, mushrooms, dried shrimps and spring onions. The cake was dense (old school) but not hard or overly dry. It was a refreshing change from the softer version we get from finer restaurants.

Not for the faint-of-heart!  Chicken Feet dish renamed to Phoenix Claws. For the uninitiated, this dish of chicken feet may look horrendous but this stall's gummy claws were yummy!

Not for the faint-of-heart! Chicken Feet dish renamed to Phoenix Claws. For the uninitiated, this dish of chicken feet may look horrendous but this stall’s gummy claws were yummy!

Green chives and meat in translucent dough skin. Typical Teochew? Yes and delectable too!

Green chives and meat in translucent dough skin. Typical Teochew? Yes and delectable too!

腐竹券 or translated to Steamed Bean Curd Roll, is something I will order every time I have dim sum. I like soy bean and its by-products. The meat roll was quite tight, slightly firm but better solid than loose don't you think?

腐竹券 or translated to Steamed Bean Curd Roll, is something I will order every time I have dim sum. I like soy bean and its by-products. The meat roll was quite tight, slightly firm but better solid than loose don’t you think?

Quail eggs have rejuvenating properties according to TCM and I will eat them whenever there's a chance. Not many stalls (esp the Yong Tau Foo vendors) sell these now, substituting with the cost effective with hen eggs instead. This a just a different rendition of siew mai - pork, mushroom and quail egg in wanton skin.

Quail eggs have rejuvenating properties according to TCM and I will eat them whenever there’s a chance. Not many stalls (esp the Yong Tau Foo vendors) sell these now, substituting with the cost effective with hen eggs instead. This a just a different rendition of siew mai – pork, mushroom and quail egg in wanton skin.

海鲜饺 or Seafood Dumpling. The pinkish orange colour of the prawns were provocative so I'm sold! Had to order one of these. Shrimp meat was firm.

海鲜饺 or Seafood Dumpling. The pinkish orange colour of the prawns were provocative so I’m sold! Had to order one of these. Shrimp meat was firm.

It was past midnight when we came. The food court was busy. The lighting inside was better so I took my pictures here before moving out to “al fresco” dining where my friends preferred.

This is my friend who was very kind to “shift” the food to another table for good lighting so I could take pictures of the food (lesson learnt from the earlier meal at 126 Eatery). Thank you, Ross!

Enjoying my cooled dim sum after photo-taking.

Enjoying my cooled dim sum after photo-taking.

I hope you enjoy Dim Sum as much as I do.

I hope you enjoy Dim Sum as much as I do.

You will say yes to at least a couple of items here.

You will say yes to at least a couple of items here.

Total bill - S$21.20, not inclusive of drinks.

Total bill – S$21.20, not inclusive of drinks.

Hong Kong Dim Sum at New Century Food Paradise.

Hong Kong Dim Sum at New Century Food Paradise.

New Century Food Paradise  新世纪美食坊 (24hrs food court, but not all stalls are open).
(also known as Lavender Food Square or even Eminent Food Centre).
Address: 380 Jalan Besar,
Singapore 209000.

Check out my other posts on Dim Sum by clicking on the titles below:
Yum Cha (Chinatown) Restaurant 飲茶酒楼
CHINESE TAPAS, ANYONE?
YUM CHA IS CHINESE BRUNCH – 點心

Happy eating 😀

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16 Responses to “Hong Kong Dim Sum 香港点心 @ New Century Food Paradise”
  1. The Mouse says:

    So if your friend doesn’t eat dim sum, what did he eat?

    • Sam Han says:

      Dim sum not his kind of food besides they already had dinner and were accompanying me. His girlfriend ate some but he just had drinks. I think ladies have bigger appetite as we grow older, hahaha

  2. Lignum Draco says:

    $21 for all that? My bill at that place would probably be $50, if I could fit it all in. 🙂 Dim sum is always an enjoyable meal.

  3. It’s about Dim Sum Time.

  4. BG says:

    Had it for brunch yesterday. Indeed very tasty dim sum. The food court is clean and airy (maybe it was off-peak hours and raining).

    Ate 7 plates (for 2 pax), $23.50. The har kow was good, better than TIm Ho Wan (over rated place).

    • Sam Han says:

      Hi BG, thanks for the feedback 😀 I have been wanting to go to Tim Ho Wan but they always have a long queue. I heard from many friends that only their porlo bao is good and the rest ordinary. i like the liu sar bao from Vincent’s kitchen and french toasts from Cafe de Hong Kong, have you tried them?

      • BG says:

        Hi Sam, Tim Ho Wan has a branch in Toa Payoh Central (HDB Hub) ERA Building. As usual there is always a queue but it moves rather fast. I tried their char siew polo pau, it is unique but taste wise is average. But their desert Osmanthus cake (cold) is really good, you must order it if you are there. Before I forget, TIm Ho Wan is as noisy as fish market, so be prepare to just eat and go somewhere else for coffee & chit-chat.

        Vincent’s Kitchen, not try yet, it is in my queue. My next eating out is fish head steamboat in Whampoa that you have posted.

        Cafe de Hong Kong, I had a bad experience there a few years ago, will never step in again.

      • Sam Han says:

        Hi BG,
        Makansutra is organising a makan session this month at Wampoa Keng so if you’re going, do find out from the restaurant which day in case there’s no seat available or make reservations in advance

        What happened to Cafe de Hong Kong? My friends were suggesting we go there for my blog celebration (1st anniversary) coming up soon. Perhaps, I could give the boss, Francis, a feedback if I go there?

  5. BG says:

    Hi Sam,

    On your advice, the visit to Whampoa Keng is pushed back to Dec. I went to buffet dinner at Marriot Cafe instead. The food is above average (and also its buffet price), fresh & tasty oysters. They keeping on replenshing the crayfish, prawn, crab and oyster (unlike a well known seafood buffet retaurant place in MBS).

    I better stop responding in this thread, it has veered off the main topic.

    • Sam Han says:

      Haha, you can chat in the new posts where I check more often 😀 Wan Hao (dinner a la carte) was good the last time I visited but I am not too sure if they are consistent as I read a lot of bad reviews. If you visit Marriot often, get their F&B discount card – it’s really worth it as my friend has one and whenever we dine it’s 50% off for two and a 33% off for 3 pax (4 ppl 25% off) you get me 😀

      Thanks for your feed back, it really helps me a lot as I am also rediscovering Singapore’s food scene having only come back this year after 10 years absence!

  6. shivani says:

    Hi recently lavender street hawker centre closed down . Do you have any idea pf where they have shifted to or if they have any phone number ?

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