And so the hunt for dim sum here in Singapore continues…..This time, 37 storeys above ground at Hai Tien Lo, Pan Pacific Hotel.
The views from the restaurant of the Bay area are rather excellent, coupled with their better-than-average dim sum, Hai Tien Lo is definitely one for the keeps (Especially if Royal China is full and unable to accomodate your reservation.)
Fresh flowers; (Likely cymbidium)
A breath of fresh air these days where restaurants tend to have fake flowers on the tables.
Your personal selection of condiments to accompany the meal – Plain ole’ chili sauce, Cut Green Chili, Fried Chili with Dried Prawns and (I wonder if there was Dried Scallops in the mix)
Xiao Long Bao
Unfortunately, these failed to excite. The skin was far too thick for my liking and the filling was not as moist as those found in Din Tai Fung!
The Steamed shrimp dumpling, affectionately called har gau was excellent – Fresh Prawns and the addition of Chinese celery made this a winner.
The skin was neither too thick nor too thin – kudos to the restaurant!
Braised Chicken Feet with a Black Bean sauce
Again, the braised chicken feet at Hai Ten Lo fell prey to being braised in too sweet a sauce.
Other than that, the feet were plump-ish.
The steamed pork dumplings aka siew mais were full of pork (and its flavour along the way). Although, the topping of fish roe didn’t quite add any third dimensional flavour and would not have been sorely missed if it was absent. Granted, it did make the dish more visually appealing!
Skip this. I was hoping to order a Steamed Rice Roll stuffed with Prawns or even Char Siew, but realized upon looking at the menu, that they served no such dish at Hai Tien Lo.
The rice roll just seemed too thick for me and tasted a little plain for me.
Ending off the lunch, we each ordered a Gui Lin Gao dessert to share.
Out of the many that I’ve had, Hai Tien Lo’s gui lin gao tastes a lot more herbal and a lot softer than the others.
The accompanying rock melon and dragon fruit cubes alleviated the bitterness of the dessert. Of course, you can always add honey but I prefer mine, au naturel.
Hai Tien Lo
37th Floor, Pan Pacific Hotel
7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square
Tel: (65) 6826-8240}