Taking advantage of everyone in the family getting up early, we decided to head over to 'Crown Jewel' for a Dim Sum brunch. I have heard good things mentioned about Dim Sum at this place but never had a chance to give it a try.
Arriving at 10.40am, I was pleasantly surprised that their early bird special was in forced, even on a statutory holiday!
A popular trend among almost all Dim Sum places nowadays, is that, there is no sure thing to the products one order! Patrons are very often confronted with products having both 'up' and 'down' quality. If the number of 'ups' exceeded that of the 'downs', then the battle is won and the dining experience rated a success!
Thankfully, of the 16+ variety of dishes we ordered today, less than a handful were rated as sub-par.....either slightly overcooked or bland and lacking in complexity. Hence, overall, our experience was more than positive!
The five of us had the following:
- Steamed Shrimp dumpling ' Har Gow '
- Steamed Cheung Fun rice noodle rolls with Prawns & BBQ Pork
- Steamed Honey comb Tripe with Turnips in Chui-Hau Sauce
- Steamed tripe with garlic on bed of rice vermicelli.
- Fried Squid Tentacles in spiced salt
- Steamed baby octopus in curry sauce
- Fried Taro Croquettes
- Fried Spring rolls with celery & minced pork
- Peanut, Dried Tile fish and Pork Ribs Rice Congee
- Steamed ' Lor Mai Gai ' ( lotus leave wrapped flavored sticky rice )
- 'Best Bun under the sky' - Baked Pineapple buns with BBQ Pork
- Fried stuffed peppers with minced shrimp paste
- Honey dew melon and custard puff dessert
Apart from the slightly over-steamed, super-sized Har Gow ( nicely seasoned and crunchy prawn filling though! Skyview's version is still my favorite ), the under seasoned Rice Congee ( Skyview's congee offerings are more flavorful due to their addition of dried scallops for the base ) and the slightly bland Honey comb Tripe. Overall, every dish we ordered were nicely crafted and tasty. Stand outs have to be the Baked Pineapple/BBQ Pork Bun.....not too sweet, very generous filling. So good and sooo cheap!! The super-buttery, croissant like Honey Dew & Custard puff! Aromatic, crispy/flaky and delicious. ( one of the better tasing Chinese desserts around ). Others worthy of mention were the Taro Croquettes, Spring Rolls and the crispy Squid tentacles.
Indeed, a nice and enjoyable family 'chow' outing!