Choon Ming Bao Dian 春茗手工包点

The title of this post and name of the shop is a little misleading. Whilst we had cze char here, we also had dim sum to go along while waiting for dinner. The name of the shop is Choon Ming Bao Dian (the dim sum we had). The cze char we had was also from the same shop but I do not know if they (dim sum and cze char) belong to the same owner.

Adrian, Yap and I would meet every now and then for dinner. Adrian had wanted some Peranakan food so I suggested Baba Blues at 8 Jalan Gelenggang, Singapore 578190. We arrived there at about 7.30pm. The restaurant seemed dim and lacked diners. Someone was fixing the lightings in the main dining hall. I alighted Yap’s car and went to enquire if the place was open for business. A young man told me the restaurant was undergoing a minor revamp and therefore the kitchen was closed. He said they’d updated on their facebook page which I did not think to check before coming.

The young man recommended a cze char place just round the corner, next to Giant (supermarket), when I asked what and where’s nice to eat since I’m in the neighbourhood. We found a parking space and went in search for Giant and the recommended cze char. The cze char place had no name, we were to look for Chew Chor Meng or better known as Zhou Chuming 周初明, a Singaporean television actor’s face in the shop’s poster.

Found the cze char shop with the actor's face.

Found the cze char shop with the actor’s face.

Chew Chor Meng or better known as Zhou Chuming 周初明, is a Singaporean television actor.

Chew Chor Meng or better known as Zhou Chuming 周初明, is a Singaporean television actor.

Special promotions menu. We took the S$29.90 set for 2-3 persons which came with curry fish head.

Special promotions menu.
We took the S$29.90 set for 2-3 persons which came with curry fish head.

There were 3 dishes on the promotional menu so we added a couple more dishes.

There were 3 dishes on the promotional menu so we added a couple more dishes.

While waiting for the food, we browsed the dim sum steamer at the cashier's corner and picked another 3 items. I was pretty excited to see the pitan mai which I had wanted to eat, the one I mentioned on my most recent dim sum post.

While waiting for the food, we browsed the dim sum steamer at the cashier’s corner and picked another 3 items. I was pretty excited to see the pitan mai which I had wanted to eat, the one I mentioned on my most recent dim sum post.

Shrimp & Pork Wanton.

Shrimp & Pork Wanton.

The Shrimp & Pork Wanton came in a set of two and Adrian graciously let Yap and I have them saying he did not like prawns.

The Shrimp & Pork Wanton came in a set of two and Adrian graciously let Yap and I have them saying he did not like prawns.

Whole shrimp wrapped with ground pork meat and wanton skin.

Whole shrimp wrapped with ground pork meat and wanton skin.

Pitan Mai or Century Egg Siew Mai. I have been searching high and low for this. Alas!

Pitan Mai or Century Egg Siew Mai.
I have been searching high and low for this. Alas!

Century Egg 皮蛋 is the black coloured egg also known as 100-year, 1000-year egg. It is preserved duck or chicken egg and the rumoured method of preservation is soaking it in horse' urine for 100 days.

Century Egg 皮蛋 is the black coloured egg also known as 100-year, 1000-year egg. It is preserved duck or chicken egg and the rumoured method of preservation is soaking it in horse’ urine for 100 days.

This was the star of the meal but we were a little disappointed. The taste was ordinary but Adrian felt the fish wasn't too fresh "lor kor". I felt it was overcooked rather than not fresh.

This was the star of the meal but we were a little disappointed. The taste was ordinary but Adrian felt the fish wasn’t too fresh “lor kor”. I felt it was overcooked rather than not fresh.

Egg Fu Yong.

Egg Fu Yong.

The omelette with shrimps, mushrooms, onions and chillies were done very well. I liked this.

The omelette with shrimps, mushrooms, onions and chillies were done very well. I liked this.

Kailan or Kale with Oyster Sauce. The picture showed a "cleaner" stir-fry with ribbons of oyster sauce on them. We would prefer that than this which had been doused with starchy gravy.

Kailan or Kale with Oyster Sauce.
The picture showed a “cleaner” stir-fry with ribbons of oyster sauce on them.
We would prefer that than this which had been doused with starchy gravy.

3 Cups Chicken 三杯鸡 supposedly a Taiwanese dish was highly recommended by the lady who took our order when we said we wanted a meat dish. We did not finish this. I am not one who waste so that actually spoke a lot. I found the dish to be too sweet. Adrian thought the chicken to be tough.

3 Cups Chicken 三杯鸡 supposedly a Taiwanese dish was highly recommended by the lady who took our order when we said we wanted a meat dish.
We did not finish this.
I am not one who waste so that actually spoke a lot.
I found the dish to be too sweet. Adrian thought the chicken to be tough.

The boys enjoying their dinner albeit a little hiccup on taste and order. The Thai style Tofu we ordered did not turn up.

The boys enjoying their dinner albeit a little hiccup on taste and order.
The Thai style Tofu we ordered did not turn up.

I'm just happy to be able to catch up with them over a meal.

I’m just happy to be able to catch up with them over a meal.

Choon Ming Bao Dian at Jalan Leban.

Choon Ming Bao Dian at Jalan Leban.
Total cost of our dinner and dim sum – S$45.

Cze char was reasonably priced and portioned. Taste could be fine tuned (there’s msg in the food). The set meal came with barley drinks. However, it would not be a place we would travel specifically to eat. That said, I think the dim sum was quite good for local shophouse standard. And I would buy their dim sum any time. Their famous dinosaur bao was sold out when we were there and that is something I definitely want to try. I hear it’s the size of an A5 sheet.

*Choon Ming Bao Dian is local dim sum shop started by Sarah Tan, a Malaysian lady, with a big heart. She takes care of orphans and under-privileged young parents, by employing them to work in her kitchens. She also provides temporary shelter for the homeless, including foreign workers and unwed teenage mothers and takes care of their meals. To date, she has about 13 bun stalls around the island, mostly in Ang Mo Kio and Yishun area. Read more of her story here. Click here for their facebook page.

Thank you Mdm Sarah Tan. I am in awe whenever I chance upon foreigners who come to Singapore, set up shop and help just about anybody they can. Of course, I am also grateful for our local heroes. These are angels!

Choon Ming Bao Dian 春茗手工包点
(Jalan Leban – this was where we had dinner)
14 Jalan Kuras
Sembawang Hill Estates,
Singapore 577728.
Tel:+65 6553 0806.

Rating for cze char: 6/10
Rating for dim sum: 7.5/10

Choon Ming Bao Dian 春茗手工包点
Retail and Wholesale.
Address: Blk 443, #01-1259,
Ang Mo Kio Ave 10,
Singapore 560443.
Tel: +65 90685537 (H/P – Jiang Yan)

Happy lending a helping hand 😀

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4 Responses to “Choon Ming Bao Dian 春茗手工包点”
  1. Lignum Draco says:

    It looks good, but too bad the taste didn’t match.

  2. Laura Lynn says:

    Sounds like Sarah Tan has a big heart like you do! Pics, as usual, so wonderful. Even enjoyed 1000 yr old egg pic which, if rumour is true, is enough to make me scream! It couldn’t be true, right? Especially liked the shot of the curry fish head, like a monster from the deeps! (Such big teeth)

    • Sam Han says:

      Hehehe, thanks Laura, you’re the kind one. And I think maybe the horse urine was true once upon a time. The fish head, lol… it’ll be one dish you will have to eat if we ever dine together. Be forewarned, hahaha…

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