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Ho Kee Pau is a Chinese traditional bun manufacturer which has grown from a small food stall to a food and snacks chain. With 14 outlets islandwide, it sells traditional pau, dim sum, rice dumplings and other local fare.
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great dim sum
Ho Kee Pau has a variety of dim sum, and my aunt would usually buy their char siew pau back home for tomorrow morning's breakfast and for her own snack. I have to say, compared to Aster Pau, whose char siew pau is dry and not as tasty, on the other hand, Ho Kee Pau's char siew pau is plump, fragrant and delicious, and their char siew filling is generous and tasty, not at all dry. The staff are also very friendly, always serving with a smile and basically making your day much brighter.^^ Prices are also reasonable for such high quality dim sum.
I don't use to see Ho Kee Pau around until recent years when they started having booth stalls in the heartland malls. The prices cannot be more reasonable with its good array of dim sum fare. I am not a fan of pork and thus I especially like the chicken big pau with almost bursting filling of flavourful tender chicken thigh, turnips and other vegetables fillings. You have to try that! It just leaves you feeling satiated but not overly full. Some of my must-have items include the chives fritters and the prawn dumplings which are not too oily from the deep frying. Of course, on top of the delectable dim sum, the friendly staffs, mainly our local average aunties over the counters are always there smiling and packing your orders efficiently sending you off to dig into the food. Yumz!
Decent enough Chinese food at decent prices.
Ho Kee Pau sells not-too-bad dimsum at reasonable prices and I would probably even recommend getting your dimsum here than at some random coffee shop, even though you probably have to pay a little more. Their pork dumplings or 'siew mai', for example, is meaty and satisfying. At least, you get more meat in one bite than those yellow flour-like things that are the dimsum skin, or whatever you call it. All other dimsums are not to bad either, but their siew mai is the best in my opinion.
I would also recommend their big meat buns, which are also generously stuffed and served super-hot, so hot in fact I wondered on occasion if the bun would melt the plastic. The filling is flavourful, savoury, and full of meat and occasional chunks of egg. I like that you don't get too much bread in one mouthful. In fact, the worst thing about eating a Chinese meat buns, for me, is that your first bite is nothing but bread and, because there's nothing but bread in that first mouthful, the crap just sticks to the roof your mouth. Not good, really. Thankfully, at least, Ho Kee Pau's meat bun isn't one of those meat buns.
Value for money
During the school holidays, when both my brother and I are at home, to go out every day to buy breakfast and lunch is a chore, especially when one is as lazy as I am. Understanding this, my mother frequently buys ready-to-steam da bao, char siew buns and siew mai from Ho Kee, so all I have to do is steam them whenever I'm hungry.
The outer covering of their buns are soft and thick, and the fillings come in generous portions. For example, their da bao filling contains egg and juicy chunks of meat, unlike some other places which slice the meat thinly. The char siew buns are flavourful and emit a heavenly aroma when taken out of the steamer. The siew mai are my personal favourite. I dip them in the sweet chilli the shop provides, and even eating 2 or 3 is satisfying enough.
Traditional chinese style
My mother used to purchase a whole box of buns (red bean and lotus paste) for our family's breakfast. Their buns are substantially thick, and yet soft at the same time. Their fillings are really tasty - not just the sugary kind of tasty, but the kind where you can taste the skin of the red bean kind of tasty, and unlike other buns you get from coffeeshops, their fillings fill the bun to the brim! But recently, I've noticed that the buns are getting thicker at the expense of the fillings.... Nonetheless, it's still good.
I've tried their dimsum near Aljunied MRT station, and there isn't really anything special about it, in my opinion. I appreciate the interior for they seem to be replicating an 70's style coffeeshop, with tiled walls, flooring, and rotating fans.
Still, I'd go back there anytime because they seem to be serving breakfast albeit old school chinese style for the whole day - something like Wild Honey, but you know, the traditional chinese way.
Nice and filling dim sim
Ho Kee Pau is a stall selling dim sum, well not really handmade on the spot like Tiong Bahru Dim Sim, but made in factories and heated up at the stall. However, given that this is the case, their dim sum is still of quite a high quality.
The two most favourite that I like is their Big Pau and their Siew Mai.
Their big pau has a soft and fluffy feel, and it is very light when you bite into it. The meat is juicy so do be careful when you bite into it as the meat juices would flow out. The meat filling is very substantial and there is also a piece of egg in it. Once you bite into one, you would really want to bite another mouth until the whole pau disappeared. It is also tempting for me to bite into one more pau but it was really filling.
Their Siew Mai is also very nice to eat, the meat smell is not very strong and it is bouncy when you chewed into it. But do get those straight from the steamer as it taste much better when hot.
They used to have a outlet at Jurong point, but it has since disappeared and the nearest would be at IMM for me.. a bit far though.
Dimsum at affordable prices
Ho Kee Pau is one of the more well-known outlets in Singapore selling Dimsum. I have always visited their branches as their pau really make a good breakfast or quick lunch.
I would greatly recommend their char siew pau and large pau. The pau is really soft and fluffy and they are very generous with their fillings as well. The meat is tender and juicy, I repeat, juicy. Their Po Luo Pau is larger than other bakeries and is much tastier and there is more filling inside the bun. Highly recommended for all.
However, Ho Kee Pau is not very consistent with their pau quality. There was once where the skin of the pau is flaky and the filling is too salty for my liking. Nevertheless, Ho Kee Pau remains one of my favourite dimsum branch in Singapore. Do check out their flagship restaurant at Geylang as it is way better than the food they serve in these outlets.
Traditional Pau and Dim Sum
Ho Kee Pau is well-known for their traditional pau, dim sums such as siew mai and prawn dumplings, rice dumplings and local fare. I feel that their dim sums are so-so, my favourite is the rice dumplings, but it’s quite oily though.
The big pau is also my favourite; it’s tasty even if it’s not warm. The pau ‘skin’ is soft and the meat filling is fresh and when you bite, the meat will be like bursting in your mouth. However, I feel that the pau and rice dumplings are too expensive; they’re good if you enjoy them just once in a while.