Swee Choon Dim Sum

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Great value dim sum
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
2.5
Service 
 
2.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
3.5
No frills dim sum, with long history, great taste and served hot. Expect to queue up to 40-45 minutes during peak hours. Great spot for local taste dim sum, this place is popular amongst locals and tourists. Expect a crowded lively vibe around here as settings cater for big groups.

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Average Spent Per Person:
12
Best Part:
Spring roll
Branch Location:
Balestier
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Cool dim sum you won’t find elsewhere
Overall Score 
 
3.5
Swee Choon has really unique dishes that you cannot find at any other dim sum restaurant, and they don’t charge you a bomb for it either. They are also open throughout the night, and is a favourite haunt of clubbers for 4am suppers.

Their most unique dish is the Fried Mee Sua. The thin vermicelli soaked with braised sauce and fried to crisp creates fireworks in your mouth. Their Egg White Puff w/Red Bean & Banana makes for a delicious dessert as well.

The queue at the restaurant can get pretty crazy around supper time, and the old shophouse where it is located does not help things with its narrow corridors. Leave your number on their iPad at the front, and they will notify you when you have a seat.
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THE go-to Dim Sum place
(Updated: September 07, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
5.0
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.5
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Swee Choon has built a solid reputation for itself over the years, and it still upholds the same or even better standard today. It's really "swee" right from the location, to the service, and ultimately the food.

The dishes I liked best has got to be the signature Custard Pau and Xiao Long Bao. The delicious blend of salty-sweet custard paste inside the custard pau has a very flavourful taste, which lasts right up till the aftertaste to get you yearning for more. If you want to have a taste for yourself, it won't be surprising if you call for seconds, or even thirds. The Xiao Long Bao was exceptional as well; the minced meat in the bao was nicely marinated, and had the springiness that you'd expect from a good Xiao Long Bao. Oh and not forgetting the soup encased in the bao, it is really heavenly!

One thing that led me to rate the overall value as 3.5/5 is the price of the food. Due to the reputation that Swee Choon Dim Sum has earned, it was natural that higher prices followed. After eating about 7 dishes, the total bill amounted to about 60-odd dollars - certainly pricey for the food. Also, the service staff weren't very friendly, and merely served the food and quietly took our order without staying to chat. While it's important for the food to be good, equally as important is that the service is welcoming.

All in all, Swee Choon is a great place to get your supper fix. But do not expect stellar service nor extremely good ambience.

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Average Spent Per Person:
20
Best Part:
Custard Pau, Xiao Long Bao
Branch Location:
Serangoon
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Swee place for dimsum
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
1.5
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
My to-go place for palatable dimsum, I used to be put off by the meandering queues. However, my subsequent visits made it relatively easy for me to secure a seat. The trick, if you haven't discovered, is to ask to be seated at the back alley. This works especially when you're only dining with a plus one. Nonetheless, quick seating comes with a price - sacrificing the ambience, not that there was any to begin with. The back alley saw some rats, lizards and other bugs scurrying around, which can be rather cringe-worthy. If you're really desperate, try asking for a back alley seat!

For me though, I would say it's worth it; just ignore the bugs. They're usually at a corner so avoid the corners and make yourself seated in a more open, centralised area and you should be fine! This aside, food wise, it's great for the price. Their xiao long baos fare decently enough, much to my surprise. Pork is fresh, because believe me - I've tasted stale meat in XLBs before and that's not a pleasant feeling. Chee cheong fun is rather subpar to me, with the chee cheong fun being overly oily.

Some of my friends though, have commented that they enjoyed it, so it may boil down to personal preference. Other dimsum like carrot cake was pretty alright, nothing to shout out but it certainly wasn't bad. Their porridge was pretty okay too, not too dilute, yet rather flavourful. I would definitely be back when the xiao long bao cravings call!

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Best Part:
XLBs
Branch Location:
Jalan Besar
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Almost iconic
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Seriously, Swee Choon is the to-go place for all your midnight dimsum fixes. It doesn't serve the best dimsum, but it definitely has the most affordable option for dimsum at midnight.

Their quintessential dimsum dishes such as the hargau and siewmai are good, so there's nothing much for me to nitpick about. The meesua kueh is commendable though, especially when it's first served. The crispiness of the exterior juxtaposed with the softness of the meesua is something I still remember even though I haven't had that in a while. But please order this to share. It's quite filling especially when you probably have so many other dimsum dishes. The eggy horfun also sweetens the deal for me. I love my horfun with lots of eggy gravy, and this one does it decently well. Like I said, it's not the best but definitely one of the better ones. And who can forget their custard buns? The custard lava is not as "gao" or "thick" as I'd like it to be sometimes, but I think that it's good enough, especially when you're quite stuffed with other food.

I think this place is almost iconic. Just look at the snaking queues and you'll know. It's not the most convenient place to get to but it's not stopping people. Thankfully they've expanded to the shop space beside their original and they've got a pretty quick turnover rate, which makes queuing a lot more bearable.

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Average Spent Per Person:
20
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Everybody Loves Swee Choon
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.5
Overall Score 
 
3.5
Over the years, Swee Choon has become synonymous with dim sum in Singapore. Perhaps it's because it has been a part of the Singapore food scene for 40 years or because it manages to stay relevant by appealing to a young crowd, always up for some dim sum in the wee hours of the morning after a night of clubbing. Either way, everyone knows about Swee Choon and everyone knows that its THE place for affordable yet yummy dim sum.

My personal favourites to order at Swee Choon are their liu sha pao, red bean pancake, prawn and banana fritter (weird combination but strangely delicious) and the pork floss crepes. Other standard orders for most dim sum restaurants are their har gao, siew mai, char siew paos and xiao long paos. My advice would be to watch what you order because even though the individual portions seem affordable, we ended up ordering $60 worth of food for just 2 people, so please do keep track.

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Average Spent Per Person:
30
Best Part:
Liu Sha Bao
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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A great place for gatherings over cheap and good dimsum
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
You usually associate Dim sum for breakfast/brunch/lunch, but here in Swee Choon, they are only available for dinner/supper! And this is probably the only place i'm willing to have supper at.

Whenever people ask me, "Where can I have good and cheap dim sum?", the first place that pops up in my head would definitely be Swee Choon.

They have a wide variety of selection but some of the must-orders include:

- LIU SHA PAUS - on Instagram, probably 2/3 of the pictures geo-tagged in Swee Choon would be tagged with #liushaporn as this is one of their highly recommended items! This, is a must-try. You can satisfy your LSB craving here for a lower price tag rather than going to high-end restaurants like Imperial Treasure or Royal China :) Plus it flows EVERY. SINGLE. TIME! Nothing upsets me more than a liu sha pau that doesn't flow

- Mee Sua Kueh - Who knew your ordinary mee sua can be pan fried into blocks of irresistible goodness?! This is something that is exclusive in Swee Choon and found on every table there. Crispy edges and a soft interior with a tinge of saltiness, i'm sold.

- Spring Onion Pancake, Siew Mai, XLBs, Pork Floss Pancakes

Located near Farrer Park MRT and Mustafa, this somewhat dodgy eatery attracts a huge crowd every single day and night (they are opened from 6pm - 6am). Be ready to queue for at least half an hour, especially if you are in a big group! They have a queue number system and service is pretty efficient, and you can pick your orders while waiting to save time.

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Yes
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Delicious and affordable dim sum
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
2.5
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Many of my friends recommended me SWEE CHOON and I did not try it until a few months ago, and am glad to say that the experience was great.

They sell a wide variety of dim sum and some of my favorites are the custard bun (where the custard really flows out :) ), har gao (prawn dumpling), xiao long bao and char siew bao. Beside these popular dishes I also tried their fried dishes like, dou sa guo bin (fried red bean paste) and a fried banana dish which are both new and delicious to me. The thing I like most is their wide varieties of dishes. From buns to porridge to desserts, you will sure find many to your liking!

The only thing down side is the queue. Sadly, you might need to queue esp during peak seasons but I think it is worth the wait!
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night dim sum, oh the irony
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
I had a sudden craving for dim sum one night and I knew I had to satisfy that craving. The only problem was that I wouldn't be free in the day time for the next few days and dim sum restaurants stop selling dim sum by 5pm (usually). I am not going to wait a few days to satisfy my dimsum craving! Hence, I decided to look up the internet and imagine my delight when I saw that Swee Choon Dim Sum Restaurant opens at night! I called up my best friend and asked him to go there with me the next day. (He told me he's been there before! How could he have not told me...)

We had to wait for a while before we were ushered to our table (there were about 3 customers before us). A note to people who are going there for the first time, don't order too much at one go! You can always order again if you're not full enough. The service is quite fast.

We ordered the egg tarts, yam balls, mee sua kueh, char siew sou, salted egg yolk custard bun, some floss pancake thing and few more items which I can't remember. The egg tarts weren't fantastic, I've tried better ones. The yam balls were a bit too oily for my liking and the custard buns were a disappointment. I had expected the custard to flow out but it was kind of solidified in the bun. The taste of the egg yolk wasn't strong enough either. The char siew sou and mee sua kueh are my favourites. The char siew sou is the best that I have tried islandwide: crispy, fragrant and sweet. It was my first time eating mee sua kueh and it didn't taste oily (even though I'm sure it is) and it was so unique!

Oh take into consideration that the average amount spent was the amount for stuffing to the point of wanting to puke!

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Average Spent Per Person:
14
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Fairly reasonable prices but long waiting time
(Updated: May 07, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
3.5
I didn't know this place existed until 2 weeks ago!

My friend, who was having a craving for 'dim sum' at that point of time, suggested this "Swee Choon place" which she told me is quite famous as it was ever featured on TV before.
We walked for quite a bit and reached there around evening time with a growling stomach. As it was quite packed, we had to wait for more than 20 minutes just to get a table. (We were actually given a choice of a non-conditioned seating area for reduced waiting time, but we decided on an air-conditioned space as the weather was hot. So, if you are feeling hungry to a large extent, you'll have to bear with the waiting time that varies!

While making use of the long waiting time, the staff handed us a menu for us to choose and "tick" our orders. The illustrations on the menu were enough to make us salivate!
When we eventually got an empty table, I was impressed by their speed of serving the dishes. There wasn't really a long wait before all our orders were served.

I simply love their steamed egg chicken - but the portion was seriously small! The steamed egg itself was very salty, but there was just something about it that made me wanted it more. (I was actually concerned if there was alot of added MSG that would make me thirsty, but I didn't face the issue, fortunately.)

Some of the other few dishes we tried were the yolk bun, steamed dumplings and crunchy floss rolls which we felt were not too bad. (Best to be eaten while its hot)

The prices were considered fairly reasonable for the quality, and will be able to satisfy your craving if you prefer going for something light. I would consider going back again, but hopefully there won't be a long waiting time!

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Yes
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