Dim Sum Lunch at Imperial Treasure Nan Bei Restaurant (Ngee Ann City)
I haven’t been blogging about dim sum lately because the boy does not enjoy dim sum as much. He says those tiny little siew mai cannot fill up his stomach and it will cost a bomb if he wants a full meal. So when Girlfriend M’s birthday arrives, I took the opportunity to give her a dim sum treat and to satisfy my dim sum craving!
Imperial Treasure Nan Bei is probably one of the busiest dim sum place where you can see queues almost every moment and the staffs walk around in lightning speed. I guess they will get more busy because they are recently awarded 49th position in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant award ceremony.
Our lunch started with a plate of Roasted Pork ($9) with super crispy skin. The meat has more lean meat which is suitable for ladies!
For variety, we ordered a mixture of steamed and deep fried dim sum dishes. Imperial Treasure Nan Bei’s rendition of Baked BBQ Pork Pastry ($3.90) is flaky and buttery with some honey glaze on the surface. The savoury filling wrapped with sweet pork filling complements each other well.
Baked Chicken and Mushroom Pastry ($3.90) is very well done too. It may look like a normal chicken pie, but when you bite onto it, the pastry crumbles right away and you can taste the buttery flavour in the pastry. It has the right texture with generous amount of fillings. We also had Steamed Prawn Dumpling “Ha Kau” ($4.80) and Steamed Pork Dumpling “Siew Mai”($4.80).
Century egg with lean meat congee ($7.20) is super smooth.
Deep fried prawn dumpling with salad dressing ($4.80) has crispy and thin skin with chunks of prawns in it. But I feel abit too expensive.
We also had Steamed Rice Roll with Shrimps ($5.50) with superior soy sauce.
Actually it is really not easy to do dim sum well. I don’t have very high expectations on dim sum but at least my custard bun must flow. I am so happy when I peeled open the Steamed Custard Bun ($3.90) here. As you can see, the salted egg and melted custard ooze out. Take a big bite, the thick filling with steaming hot bun is pure indulgence!
Shanghai Steamed Pork Dumpling ($4.80) aka Xiao Long Bao is not in my must-order dim sum list but the girlfriend loves it, so we ordered. The skin did not break easily and each dumpling has very flavourful soup.
We usually have red bean pancake as dessert but as you can see, we had too much dim sum, so we decided to try something smaller. I was very glad that we ordered their Red Bean Paste Souffle Egg White Ball ($4.80). It was a long wait because the souffle will deflate if it is out for a long time. But it was definitely worth it. One bite into the souffle, you can taste the soft and puffy egg texture with generous amount of red bean and banana fillings. When I come back again, I will order it (don’t worry, this is in their menu).
The dim sum here is really not bad. It was too crowded during dim sum. The staff are too busy running around and they did not key in our orders correctly. We were supposed to have a few more dim sum dishes but it did not came. But it is alright, we were already filling to the brim after eating all the above. I hope to be back to try their ala carte dishes and barbecued meats.
Imperial Treasure Nan Bei Restaurant (Ngee Ann City)
Address: 391 Orchard Road, #05-12/13/14 Ngee Ann City
Tel: 6681 6425
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