The top spot for "yum cha" in Singapore had always been changing - from Happy Valley & Tropicana in the 70s, to Tsui Hang Village then Tung Lok (in Liang Court) & Lei Garden in the 80s, then Crystal Jade in much of the 90s & 2000s.
Lately, "dim sum" aficionados had been turning their attention to the Imperial Treasure Group - set up by Alfred Leung who, together with his brothers Vincent & Jimmy, used to manage Tsui Hang Village in the Asia Hotel before setting up the first Crystal Jade restaurant in Cairnhill Hotel. Alfred parted ways with the Crystal Jade Group (currently headed by his brother-in-law) to set up the rival Imperial Treasure Group of restaurants.
It does seem that the quality of dim sum at Imperial Treasure now surpasses those at Crystal Jade.
New Year's Day lunch for us today was at Imperial Treasure's flagship restaurant in Great World City. Dim sum items we ordered included:
- Har-gau (shrimp dumplings)
- Siu-mai (pork-shrimp dumplings)
- Steamed cha-siu bao
- Baked cha-siu sou
- Steamed taro cake
- Stewed pig's trotters in black vinegar & ginger
- Century egg and pork porridge
- Stir-fried carrot cake with XO sauce
- Seafood hor-fun (flat rice noodles)
- Siu yoke (Roast pork) and cha-siu (BBQ caramelised pork)
- Century egg & pickled ginger
- Sweet waterchestnut jelly pudding
Fabulous dim sum of the highest quality! Need to book ahead though - the crowd to get in can be quite intimidating.
Imperial Treasure Restaurant
1 Kim Seng Promenade
#02-06 Great World City
Tel: +65 6732 2232