decent dimsum at the serangoon country club. the weekend is almost here! – and if, like me, you’re planning gluttony to an unconscionable degree, dimsum is a great way to go. I’ve done a short post on this place before, but I managed to lug the camera along and disrupt everyone’s eating this time – so I thought it’s well worth sharing.
this place is gratifyingly near me, and so a good option for a lazy weekend brunch. it’s decent-to-above-average food at reasonable prices, and a great place for large family meals.
objectively speaking, this place might not nearly be so popular with my family if not for the fact that we live but walking distance away. the paradise chains have polished menus with more expertly executed dimsum, so this place doesn’t win out in quality – but it does have that old-school yumcha – literally tea-drinking – charm that so invokes nostalgia and memories of family meals.
not to say the food isn’t decent though – it’s perfect satisfying. it’s just more homely than you’d get at the other lauded dumsum places.
what’s good here, you ask? we like the stirfried glutinous rice (which isn’t a common dish), and their fried beancurd-skin wrapped prawns are good too. they have a good rendition of the liushabao – though the skin can sometimes be a little tougher than I’d like – always with rich, flowing custard.
it’s a decent spread of dimsum, and they also have an à la carte menu with lots of cantonese restaurant classics.
the wait staff are primarily old aunties – they bring a special character to dining here. I live in constant awe (and fear, somewhat) of these old ladies – they rearrange the dishes on your table, they make very forceful suggestions when you’re ordering – almost doing it for you; but they are also the sweetest and most hardworking waitresses you can get.
decent food, good prices – and a pretty boisterous atmosphere, which is likely the result of having far too many cantonese families dining at a single place. we’re noisy people. so, very good for families and if you have kids, and pretty much a foregone conclusion if you live nearby.
Yum Cha Garden
Serangoon Garden Country Club
22 Kensington Park Road
tel +65 6343 1717
$$: one-fifty-ish for five