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Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant Revisited @ Jalan Basar

I love Swee Choon - the price, speed of service and decent tasting dimsum. Of course one cannot be expecting the same quality as high end restaurants, this is good for that mid night cheap eat and dress down night.

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Reservations are possible now except I was not expecting a table without aircon. Bummer - seems that queueing gets you an air conditioned table. Check off your orders in the order cheat, hand it over to any of the enthusiastic servers and dinner is served in less than 10 minutes. Great only if time is essence but not the best when not all dining companions are present.

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One crunchy appetizer, we all seemed to like it.

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Char Siew Pau ($2)

Similar to Tiong Bahru Pau's version, the dark saucy char siew in the fluffy bun gets my vote for yum.

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Siew Mai ($1.80)

Har Kow ($2.40)

Not much of an impression of these two except they arrived in such puny metal plates, it was almost laughable.

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Chicken Feet



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Steamed Salted Egg Custard Bun ($3.90)

Cheap and good these are, molten and not too watery. 


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Rice Roll with Char Siew ($3.20)

I could have over ordered on this - smooth rice roll sheets stuffed with char siew and drizzled with soy suace. If not, just head for their plain chee cheong funs, still yummy.

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Carrot Cake ($2.20)

I found this overfried and had too thick a skin.

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Swee Choon Mee Sua Kueh ($2.20)

This is a must order and a specialty of Swee Choon. I prefer this to carrot cake though it is equally deep fried. Two dishes in one, noodle and kueh!

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Baked BBQ Pork Pastry ($2.60)

Between the pau and pastry, the former worked better for me because I am partial towards pau. However, the char siew sou fans were rejoicing.

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Beancurd Roll in Oyster Sauce ($3.20)

Perpetual favourite.

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Sichuan Chilli Oil Wanton La Mian (6.50)

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Time and again I forget their noodle dishes are sub par, noodles come coagulated in a sticky bunch. The dumplings are delicious though, just the right amount of spice.

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Steamed Shanghai Xiao Long Bao ($4.30)

There were no 18 folds or aggressive marketing done for this humble dumpling but it definitely had the full works going for a tasty little blob!

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Red Bean Pancake ($4.80)

Nothing fanciful, just red bean in fried pancake.

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I was majorly surprised with their egg tarts, this was more of a portugese egg tart with the filo pastry. Slurp!

This time round I made it a point to check out their main dishes as well.

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Sweet and Sour Pork ($8)

Reasonably priced and portioned, this had more fat than meat unfortunately.

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Poached Spinach with Golden and Silver Eggs ($8)

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Sambal Kang Kong ($8)

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Dry and unlike Din Tai Fung's overpriced yet juicy pork chops. 

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Shrimp Hor Fun in Creay Egg Sauce ($6)

A tad too oily but otherwise delicious.

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This is worth a try I say, fried egg rice just the way DTF does it and at a fraction too! 

The spread fed 6 of us more than sufficiently, to the extent that we were definitely stuffed. Still one of the most affordable dimsum places around! I would caution against ordering too many fried dishes as they fill you up considerably.

Swee Choon Tim Sum
183-191 Jalan Besar

A foodie born to eat, shop and travel. Forced to work.

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