Yan Ting feels like dim sum heaven to me, in Singapore, at least. It is, in my opinion, that it’s on par with my other favourite dim sum joint, Royal China at Raffles Hotel, with the former being a little more grandiose in terms of ambience and ingredients. My other favourite dim sum joint is Wah Lok at Carlton Hotel which serves equally good dim sum choices.
Prices at Yan Ting are definitely a little higher when compared with some other outlets, but the quality of the ingredients speak for themselves. The overall feel of the restaurant too, is a notch up of the rest. Coming from Perth, I must add that even dim sum at Yan Ting seems cheap when compared to the Chinese restaurants here. Affordability is relative, no?
Steamed Barbecued Pork Bun ‘Char Siew Bao’ – S$5++ for 3 pieces
Fluffy is definitely the right descriptive word, as used in the menu. They were light, soft and filled with chunky bits of barbecued pork.
Hong Kong Style Pan-seared Radish Cake – S$5++ for 3 pieces
I like how you can taste the natural sweetness of radish in the radish cake.
Steamed Crystal Lobster Dumpling – S$16.80++ per portion
One of the more pricey items on the dim-sum menu, the lobster dumpling was good, but not out-of-this-world mind blowing.
Crispy Beancurd with Spinach – S$4.50++ for 3 pieces
Deep-fried anything spells comfort backwards, ye?
Oven-baked Barbecued ‘Char Siew’ Pastry – S$5.40++ for 3 pieces
This, I liked. The buttery crust paired well with the barbecued pork. Indulgence.
Steamed Crystal Shrimp Dumplings ‘Har Kao’ – S$6++ for 4 pieces
My traditional yard stick of a dim sum joint. The Har Gao was good; with a thin skin and distinct flavours of shrimp in the filling.
Steamed Shanghai Pork Dumpling ‘Xiao Long Bao’ – S$4++ per piece
My opinion? Stick with the ones from Din Tai Fung instead.
Steamed Pork and Shrimp Dumplings ‘ Siew Mai’ – S$6++ for 4 pieces
Steamed ‘Cheong Fun’ Rice Roll – S$10++ per portion
You get to choose from having your cheong fun rolled with either, Kai Lan, Shrimps, Scallops, or Barbecued Pork.
Steamed Chicken Claws with Black Bean Sauce – S$5 per portion
Too sweet for my liking, and lacking that hint of spiciness.
Pork and Century Egg Congee – S$9++
Steamed Salted Egg Yolk Bun – S$5++ for 3 pieces
Very much prefer the ones from Royal China.
Steamed Teochew style Dumplings with Pork and Peanuts – S$4.50++ for 3 pieces
With the benefit of hindsight, both of us were thinking we shouldn’t have ordered this. They didn’t quite augur well with us.
A word of caution, reservations are definitely a must!
29 Tanglin Road
The St Regis
Tel: +65 6506 6888