Swee Choon Dim Sum

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Worth the walk
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5.0
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5.0
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4.5
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4.5
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5.0
Three things to take note of when going to Swee Choon:
1. Be prepared to walk a lot, my friends and I have tried walking from Bugis, Farrer Park and Little India and it is quite a distance from all directions.
2. Go with at least 3 other people, with similar tastes in food to you if possible.
3. Get there early or be prepared to queue! Good thing is that their turnover rate is really fast so you shouldn't have to wait too long for a seat, 20 minutes should be enough time to get a table.

The best thing about Swee Choon is of course, the much raved about liu sha bao. Piping hot buns that let out a fragrant waft of steam when you break it apart, the golden molten custard trickling out slowly. I'm salivating just thinking about it. The siew mai and carrot cakes are also my favourites, the siew mai is meaty and the skin is just the right thickness, while the carrot cake is not too floury or oily.

Swee Choon opens till late, so it is an ideal supper spot, whether you want to rejuvenate yourself after a night of partying or if you just want to grab a couple of friends and stave off your midnight hunger pangs.

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Best Part:
The liu sha bao
Branch Location:
Farrer Park
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Heartwarming food and heartwarming service
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4.5
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
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4.5
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4.5
Like most other reviewers, I went down to Swee Choon for the food. I had heard so much about their liu sha baos (buns oozing with salted egg yolk custard), and all their dim sums in general. And those expectations were met! I would say that Swee Choon's food standard is higher than most other dim sum restaurants at the same price range - they offer a wide variety of choice, and for the confused and fickle they mark their bestsellers clearly on the menu so order those if you would like a safe choice. They were all delicious!

What surprised me the most, though, was the service provided. The team of servers are made up of many middle aged aunties and uncles, and they are just the sweetest waiters you could ask for. While they did not have time to stop and chat much during the bustling restaurant hours, they did their job in a very maternal (but efficient!) fashion, teaching us how to order, wash tea cups, and even bringing extra plates for us when they saw we needed an extra spare dish.

For example, when I sat down at the table, the waiter saw that the sun was in my eyes (just a little bit!) and rolled out the canvas roof to block the rays. That gesture was really sweet and I appreciated that very much! This sort of homely service is unexpected at such a large, busy establishment and I would say it provided a nice touch to the overall experience.

All in all, my experience here was very positive and I can see why it has been such a favourite local spot for so long.

Tips:

#1 Timing is key.

Swee Choon does not allow reservations, but is a very popular restaurant, so go at the right timings to avoid queuing. The turnover rate is high, and service is generally fast, but avoid timings like 6.15pm when the restaurant has just opened and people have just started to eat. Either go earlier (before 6pm) to grab an airconditioned place, or late as a post clubbing meal.

#2 Try their desserts.

While it is a more uncommon order, try the coconut dessert - it is a pudding served in the whole coconut itself and is deliciously fragrant and creamy. Their orh nee (yam paste) was also a pleasant surprise - it was thick without being cloyingly sweet. And the waiter told me they make it fresh in the kitchen, so that always gets extra points.

#3 Come in a group to share.

This tip applies to most dim sum restaurants. With a large group, you can taste more of the restaurant's menu offerings, and discover more favourites! And if you don't particularly favour a dish, the rest of your group members can mop it up, saving you the extra calories.

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Average Spent Per Person:
20
Best Part:
Food and Service
Branch Location:
Jalan Besar
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Perfect after a night out
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5.0
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5.0
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3.5
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Swee Choon is one of those places that is so epic to visit at 4 in the morning when you're totally high on life and still a little bit drunk from your night out clubbing.

It totally helps that the food here tastes incredible, okay maybe it's just the fact that after dancing for 3 hours straight anything would taste amazing. But still! I can't say I've ever had a bad experience at Swee Choon. Their Custard Buns are like little orange drops of sunshine. And the pricing here is awesome, its super cheap, the aunties and uncles are really nice and extra extra bonus points because you can always find plenty of cabs right outside!

I could sing praises of Swee Choon forever. Next time you're out on a crazy ladies' night and you get the munchies, forget about McDonalds, come to Swee Choon instead.

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Best Part:
Everything
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Come satisfy your Dim-Sum cravings!
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5.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Score 
 
5.0
Swee Choon, a must go place if you were to dream of dim sum in the middle of the night. Opened from 6pm to late morning, many people often get together at Swee Choon to satisfy their late night dim sum cravings. Located in middle of Lavender and Farrer Park, Swee Choon is not the most accessible place. In fact it’s quite often that first timers get lost trying to locate the place without GPS. Despite of its secluded location, long queues could still be seen outside the place. As expected, one of the people in those queues would be me.

With a poly clinic-liked system where you have to take a number before heading in, you were also given a menu and an A3 order sheet for you to record your orders while waiting. Do remember to tell the person if you like to sit outside, at the back or inside where it’s air-conditioned. For smaller groups, it’s easier and faster to get a table, while for bigger groups, you can practically wait forever.

Some dishes which are permanently on my order sheet would be their yolk filling Custard Buns, extremely soft and petite fried bean curd, unique Mee Sua Cake and Har Gow. Other than their economically priced dim-sums, there are also main course like fried rice and Hor Fans if you feel exceptionally hungry that day.

Overall, I would say Swee Choon is a MUST-GO place for starving owls and people craving for dim-sum.

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Best Part:
Rocket-paced service!
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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My favorite meet-up place for supper!
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4.5
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
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3.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Score 
 
4.5
I love food. Swe Choon Dim Sum is definitely one of my favorite go-to places. It is located just round the corner of Mustafa. You can always go there for a quick look after eating. They open till the wee hours past midnight and is perfect for anyone to get a late night snack or supper just like me. My 2 favorite dishes there has got to be the Fried Red Bean Pancake and Chicken Feet. The chicken feet tastes so succulent and delicious, a perfect mix of sweetness and spiciness. Food prices are reasonable, each serving costing about 1-4$. Another plus point to this eatery, would be their waiters. Everytime I go there, their waiters are on-task and serve quickly. This is definitely a recommended place for good tasting late night meals.

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Average Spent Per Person:
14
Best Part:
Red Bean Pancake, Chicken feet
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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A Supper Place for the Night Owls
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4.5
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.5
It used to be difficult to find a place which serves nice dim sums. I usually cannot wake up early for dim sum breakfasts and therefore, when I first discovered Swee Choon Dim Sum, I was ecstatic! It is opened overnight which makes it perfect for night owls like me.

It is pretty pocket-friendly so long as you go with a number of people. With more company, you can order more varieties of dim sum to share. Some of my favourite dishes at Swee Choon include the Beancurd Prawn Roll (favourite!), Har Kow, Portugese Egg Tarts, Fried Golden Toufu and Steamed Chicken with Egg. I only go there for their dim sum, so for their mains, it'll be up to you to decide!

Most nights, it gets extremely crowded and you might find yourself having to wait outside for a while, but if you get there after 1am or so, the crowd usually simmers down and there will be plenty of seats both in the air-conditioned area and outside for you to choose from.
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