Sunday 10 February 2013

Victor's Kitchen – Hong Kong Dim Sum the Hong Kong Way

If you ever wonder how traditional Dim Sum is in Hong Kong? Victor is the a good place to gauge your expectations. This place served HK style Dim Sum with the HK attitude and atmosphere. It is no fuss, long queue, cramp, back to back seating and table sharing. Service is minimum, but the food is excellent on a good day. The Chef / Owner, Victor is Dim Sum Chef from HK that decided to open up his own place. So if you are looking for a Dim Sum place like in East Ocean, Tung Lok, Peach Garden or Crystal Jade Kitchen, then this might not be the place for you.

So what is the rules of engagement: 1) Queue and find a seat; 2) Get the order sheets and fill in your orders; 3) Place your order on the counter and make payment; 4) Eat your food and chop chop get out, if you take your own sweet time, you can feel the stares behind your back from the people queueing :)

Food Menu

Drink Menu

So how is the food? A few things that you should not miss here: Golden Egg Yolk Lava Bun (Custard Bun / Jing Sha Nai Wang Bao), Victor's King Prawn Dumpling (Har Gao), Yutiao Cheong Fun; and Chicken and Sausage in Glutinous Rice (Lo Mai Kei).

The Golden Egg Yolk Lava Bun come straight from the steamer. The bao is soft texture, when it is perfectly steam, the salted egg custard will be oozing out from the centre of the bun when you tear the bun. Nice combination between the salty and sweet flavour, Super Yummyy!!!!

Golden Egg Yolk Lava Bun (Custard Bun / Jing Sha Nai Wang Bao)

Oozing Custard
Next the Yutiao Cheong Fun, a nice crispy texture of the fried Yutiao wrapped with Cheong Fun swimming on light soya sauce mix. The cheong fun is slightly on the thicker side compare to common cheong fun, but it is to my preference. The Lo Ma Kei is fragrant, soft and moist. A little sticky as you expect in glutinous rice.

Yutiao Cheong Fun

Lo Ma Kei

We are a bit disappointed that they run out of their Har Gao this time around, but we order stuff such as: Tasty Queen Siew Mai – slightly on the tough side, the filling is very compact; not the Siew Mai that I prefer.  

Tasty Queen Siew Mai

Fresh Chicken w/ Wolfberry Fruit and Rosey Wine Steam Rice – Chicken are tender and moist, but can't taste the rosey wine. Slightly bland, and need to add the soya sauce to give more flavour to the dish.

Fresh Chicken w/ Wolfberry Fruit and Rosey Wine Steam Rice

Scallop, Sausage Carrot cake with XO Sauce – The carrot cake taste is smooth but a bit bland. You can't really taste the the scallops and the sausage. After we are finished, we realised that we did not order  the XO Sauce, no wonder it is bland.

Scallop, Sausage Carrot Cake with XO Sauce

Rosey Wine Yummy Char Siew Bun – The bao is soft and moist, goes well with the fragrant and sweet char siew. Good but not great.

Rosey Wine Yummy Char Siew Bao

For drinks, the H.K. Summer Ice Tea is a must try. They place the ice on the outside of the cup to chill down the drink. This to ensure the melting ice does not effect the texture and smoothness of the tea. Yummyyy, authentic HK Milk Tea.

H.K. Summer Ice Tea

Overall, if it is not a busy day, Victor's serve quite satisfactory HK Dim Sum. However, there are times when they are too busy or miss the timing to take it out from the steamer and causing their food quality standard to drop. Don't expect restaurant standard, but if you want a real deal of how HK commoners eat, you can give this place a try.

Food & Drink: 6.5/10
(but 8.5/10 for the Custard bun and HK Summer Ice Tea)
Value: 7/10
Service: N/A
Ambiance: N/A

Victor's Kitchen
91 Bencoolen Street
#01-49, Sunshine Plaza
Singapore 189652

Tel: 9838 1761
Op Hours: Tue – Sun, 10.30 – 20.00

PS: Psssttttt!!! This is a common sight of the tables in Victors. But not to worry, the boss will come out and give the helper a scolding to clear the table. Just soak up the atmosphere and you be the judge!!

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