Hong Kong Dim Sum
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Their famed Liu Sha Bao is frankly overpriced and overrated.
I’ve heard loads about Victor’s Kitchen, with some professing it to have “the best liu sha bao” in Singapore. They lied.
The skin of the bun was thick, and the custard had 2 big blobs of salted egg yolk that had not melted. It was just disappointing, and with a high price of $4.80 for 3 at that! What really deserves praise are their Xiao Long Baos which came in a basket of 3 at a rather steep price of $5.20. The meat was flavoured well while a fragrant broth came spurting out after the first bite.
Yes they offer good dim sum, but there are many other restaurants that are just as good, with cheaper prices! Unless I have no other choice, it’s unlikely I will go back.
Not worth the money
I've definitely visited this place before in the middle of the day because my dad, being the usual foodie that is he, just had to visit this place. Thus, he decided to make it a family trip for lunch - ooh, my goodness, glorious Dim Sum.
I still remember the day: under the sweltering hot sun, it was a good decision to sit inside the shop that was furnished with fans and an air con. Being used to having Dim Sum for a meal, my family decidedly ordered the usual that we would order from other Dim Sum places. Unfortunately, when the food came, we were visibly disappointed. Not only was the price slightly on the pricey side, the food was not up to standard.
To be honest, we never went back there again.
LIU SHA BAO is So Good!
The LIU SHA BAO is just so good! Definitely one of the 'must-try's when you visit this place. In general, the store was a little run-down and cramp for my 8-people group but the Har Gow, Chee Cheong Fun and so on were generally up to standard. We went back on another day at 8 plus but most stuff were already sold out, so I recommend that you go there a little earlier for your dim sum fix.
I don't think it is overpriced though, compared to the hype at Tim Ho Wan, Victor's Kitchen is a much better choice!
My friends have been raving about their salted egg custard bun for the longest time and telling me how they are absolutely the best. Finally, I decided to drop by and try it for myself.
Long story short, I disliked it. It was way too oily and salty. I prefer my custard buns to have a nice mix of sweet and salty. When I pry open the custard bun here, the oil immediately oozed out and it had an inconsistent texture. Maybe the batch that I had didn’t turn out as well.
Overall, it’s an average dimsum stall and I doubt I will be coming back any time soon.
Custard bun and milk tea
Victor’s Kitchen is widely raved by my schoolmates and I am already pretty slow given the fact that I only first tried their dim sum last year.
The two main dishes that are interesting to me are their liu sha bao/custard bun and their milk tea. The custard bun is a popular dish among my friends, but personally I find them to be too oily. Yes the overflowing custard and interesting texture, but still, oily. As for their milk tea, it is interestingly placed in a bowl of ice to prevent dilution. It may seem interesting for a while, but after that it becomes a hassle because when you take the cup out, it will be difficult to put it back into the bowl or it may even start to float when the ice melts. Moreover, I feel that their milk tea is too small and pricey. The place is rather cramped during lunch hours and it wasn't always open for business. I remember missing it two times last week.
Aside from these, I would still visit Victor’s Kitchen when I needed a dim sum fix nearby. After all, their dim sums are really up to standard and they also offer many other interesting ones that I have not tried.
Awesome food, service - not so much
It has been said that the specialty dish of Victor's Kitchen is their Salted Egg Custard Bun, and boy are they right! The seemingly innocent-looking bun packs some really oily yet satisfying salted egg custard which flows out the moment your teeth sink in. Eat them while they're hot! I have been to this eatery twice and both times I left fully satisfied. I absolutely love eating dimsum!
While the standard of this kitchen cannot compare to that of the kitchens in Hong Kong where the prawns in the Har Gow are juicy and succulent, the standard is better than your cliche dry Har Gow from neighbourhood hawkers.
But a word of warning to all: go early to make sure they have dimsum left for you for the queue is crazy on weekend mornings. The waitress auntie also gets a little grouchy when there's too many people so don't expect great service.
Not too bad but not the best
After hearing many mixed reviews for victor's kitchen, I finally made my way down to try it for myself. I loved their iced milk tea. It is rather costly for a small drink of that quantity, but what is special is that they do not put the ice into the cup of milk tea. Instead, the cup of iced milk tea sits on top of a bowl of ice to prevent the ice from melting and causing the drink to get diluted.
The lava salted egg bun also known as liu sha bao, which many people raved about didn't impress me much. In fact the bun was so oily that once you peel open the bun, the oil starts dripping out. However, the fillings were generous and runny but was too sweet for my liking. The rest of the dim sum dishes were not too bad but nothing too fantastic about it. In fact, I feel that the price is on a high side.
Cheap and good..
Tucked away in an 'ulu' shopping centre, not many would know about this place. However, good food never escape us Singaporeans. Many have touted this place to have excellent, if not the best custard pau.
Being a fan of custard and flowy things, I had to try it. Being there, I was the lucky one and got the last few pieces of the pau! i was glad my trip there was not wasted. Once served the pristine, white paus looked at me and begged to be eaten. I tooked one out and gingerly pierce a hole into the skin. There it was! HOT, GOLDEN LAVA. I screamed in delight and sucked it all up through the hole. Ahhhh, my life was complete. Of course, the lava was so hot, i almost burnt myself in excitement.
Remember, their liu sha pao is a must order!
Cheap and no frills, thats the way to go!
'Meh' Standard Dim Sum
Victor's Kitchen is tucked away at a corner of Sunshine Plaza, a mini shopping mall located between Bugis And Dhoby Ghaut. My friend and I were in the vicinity and decided to check the place out after rave reviews of their Liu Sha Pau (Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun) from famed Food Blog Ladyironchef. For such an inaccessible location, the experience was simply not worth the walk at all.
Impressively, business was booming and a long queue was formed despite the inconvenient location. Yet the service was not up to standards at all - the food came after a long time, the staff did not attend to you till quite some time later, and the place felt a little claustrophobic with the many people there. On to the food now - the appearance of the Bun seemed promising until I took a large bite. I am not exaggerating when I say that oil literally flowed out from the Bun. The filling was coated with a slick layer of oil, which was a tad of a turn off. Other dishes, such as Shrimp Beancurd Roll and Congee were simply average. The idea of the Milk Tea being placed in the middle of a bowl of ice was quite unique, though yet again the Milk Tea was average, simply not fragrant enough.
Overall, it was a meal that will make you go 'Okayyyyyyy...', but it won't guarantee a second visit. For Dim Sum (and especially the highly-sought after Liu Sha Pau), check out my reviews on Taste Paradise - it is still my top choice when my cravings for Dim Sum hit.
Victor's Kitchen is situated in a quiet mall unbeknownst by many. Who'd have guessed, the moment I stepped into the tiny shop, I was met with an overwhelming crowd. Needless to say, a queue was already forming.
Victor's Kitchen adopts a traditional Hong Kong dim sum eatery setting with wooden tables and stools for its customers.
Their signature dish is the custard buns. Once you sink your teeth into the bun, the sweet-tasting yellow custard oozes out of your mouth, making you want to savor the filling for longer than necessary. You can tell it is freshly made from the texture of the flour and custard. One bun is definitely not enough, trust me!
A drink that is not to be missed is their Summer Iced Tea. Strangely, their drink is submerged in a bowl of ice, instead of the usual ice accompanying the drink, preventing the iced tea from being diluted hence preserving the genuine sweetness of the drink.
The only 2 drawbacks are that the dim sum is slightly overpriced, and service is compromised. Apart from that, it definitely feels like you're indulging in the Hong Kong specialty!