“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"
"What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"
"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said.”
― A.A. Milne
once in two months or so, Ken and i indulge ourselves over breakfast with some dim sum goodness. there's this dim sum house just 10 minutes away from where we live, and i thought perhaps i'll start a little breakfast series with it. a dim sum house series -- because there's a whole lot of them where we are and it is one of our favorite indulgence. sipping hot tea in the morning, with fresh, piping hot dim sum of our choosing :)
it was Sunday and we woke a little late, just in time for brunch. dim sum is often a weekend rituals for families, and we were lucky that we did not have to wait around for tables this time around.
(photo via my instagram)
i did forget to take a picture of the restaurant itself, though they recently relocated from their previous location and moved to a smaller space, and it seems they're still in the middle of trying to beautify the place a little. we sat at a table at the porch, with enough morning sunshine to bask in. made our order and waited for just a few minutes before the food are served. they used to bring the dim sum push-carts around and let us choose anything we want from the carts, but this time we had to order from the menu.
'lo mai gai' is one of my favorite dish, it's steamed glutinous rice with chicken, slices of chinese sausage and shiitake mushrooms. this one did not disappoint. couldn't resist the steamed pork bun (char siew bao), i love the black char siew filling, it was cooked they way i like it. the red chili stuffed with fish paste was a rather good appetizer. generous fillings!
one cannot have dim sum and not have some 'siew mai' -- pork dumplings with a dash of fish roe as toppings. a good dim sum house is judged based on their siew mai, i suppose. these were satisfactory, though smaller in size to what we're used to.
steamed glutinous rice, wrapped with lotus leaf. filled with roasted pork, salted egg yolk, dried shrimps and mushroom. it is a special dish, though we got a little disappointed -- the steamed rice was a little dry. i hope we'll find better ones soon, i've never actually tasted this dish before! Ken told me the outstanding ones are usually meticulously prepared, so not all dim sum houses serve these. i imagine it would be so yummy, especially that it's wrapped with lotus leaf, the aroma is irresistible.
overall, the dim sums here are pretty decent for the price we paid, if not a little overpriced -- each dish was a little expensive compared to other places we've been to. though i do love the steamed pork bun and Ken loves their homemade steamed fish balls. also, the prawns in their 'chee cheong fun' (rice noodle roll) are exceptionally fresh! we were so stuffed and made our way home, skipping lunch and had a late dinner. a good Sunday indeed :)
location: Yuan Garden Dim Sum House, Jalan SS2/24, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.