Weekends are for dim sums and I LOVE dim sums. My family always go to any of the Oriental Group restaurants for dim sum (Oriental Pavilion, Ming Room etc...) but recently their standards have dropped drastically. So I've been in search of better alternatives. •
Lai Ching Yuen is one of the few hotels which offer pork dim sums, an is apparently "an old favourite" of many. It was really disappointing. The Xiao Long Bao's skin was thick and lack of soup. My grandma who eats char siu bao every day (literally) says theirs was just thick layers of skin and little fillings. The sauce in the char siu bao was too thick and sweet. •
You can also see in the third picture how oily the Lao sha bao is. It doesn't even flow smoothly - there were grainy bits of overcooked and improperly mixed egg bits in it. The fried carrot cake were flavourful, but no wok hei and soggy. The weirdest thing is that their sweet black sauce that you get with dim sum is immensely salty.
And their service is horrendous, even if compared to a hawker stall. From booking on the phone to actual dining, their tones and treatments were unfriendly, loud and aloof. One of the older waitress (but not old, like 30?) shouted impatiently across the room at a younger waitress to get tea and cutleries. I didn't know if I were in a really bad hawker stall or Grand Millenium hotel. All in all, for the high price you're paying, you'd be better off in Oriental group or even Jin Xuan/ Ful Lai.
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