I’ve always known of the existence of this really good restaurant that serves awesome dim sum at Raffles Hotel but never had the chance to give it a try.
Both the friend and I both had a severe dim sum craving that weekend and we just had to pay a visit to dim sum establishment; Granted it was a toss up between Wah Lok at Carlton and Royal China at Raffles, but I am glad that we chose Royal China.
Now that I have tried it, Royal China is easily THE restaurant for dim sum now!
A simple, but nonetheless tasty Lean Meat and Century Egg congee to the start the meal. Warms the stomach, no?
Both of us are quite the fans of Century Eggs, so this was quite good for us!
The tossing of the crispy crackers added some texture to the otherwise boring congee!
I quite liked the Steamed layer cake with salted egg yolk custard!
It was light and somewhat refreshing. A word of caution though, this has to be eaten while hot!
This was what we came for, the Steamed Bun with Fresh Mango and Salted Egg Yolk ($4++ for three).
Easily the Pièce de résistance if you will. Prior to visiting Royal China, I read so many rave reviews of the custard buns that I knew I had to try them! I’m glad I did.
Tear open (or bite into, if that is your preference) the soft exterior and what is revealed within, is a yellowish, almost golden, molten filling. A winning combination of savoury salted egg yolk and sweetness of the fresh mango – this was easily the best dish for that afternoon!
The rice rolls (chee cheong fun) stuffed with prawns were commendable.
The skin was thin and the prawns were nothing short of fresh!
I’m glad that the friend enjoys her Braised Chicken Feet/Claws (S$3.60++) as much as I do.
Unfortunately, Royal China’s rendition was far too sweet and this isn’t coming from me alone! Perhaps, if it were slightly more spicy, this would have made this a good dish – The spicyness helping to cut through the sweetness of the sauce.
I like the small one-bite sized siew mai(s) or steamed pork dumplings.
The meat, was not so finely minced that you sometimes find in some restaurants and they were seasoned perfectly – not too salty.
Har Gau (S$4.80++) my must order at a dim sum restaurant. In my very honest and humble opinion, any self-proclaimed dim sum restaurant should be able to churn out decent, if not excellent har gau.
Royal China did not disappoint. The skin was of the right thickness – able to hold the filling without breaking and the prawns had that bite to them, which I like.
The friend loved the yam balls. I was, well, rather neutral about them.
The braised ribs were satisfactory – it was a little tough, which was rather surprising.
The meal at Royal China provided for more hits than misses; I’ll gladly return again soon!
1 Beach Road
Raffles Hotel #03-09
Tel: +65 6338 3363
Mon to Sat
12pm – 3pm (Lunch)
6pm – 10.30pm (Dinner)
Sun and PH
11am – 3pm (Lunch)
6pm – 10.30pm (Dinner, only Sunday)