Xiao Chen Homemade Bao Dian – $1.90 Dim Sum in Kopitiam
Everybody loves dim sum, and siew mai is usually the favourite. Now you can get decent siew mai for $1.90 at Xiao Chen Homemade Bao Dian! Started a few months ago by a Malaysian cook, Xiao Chen Homemade Bao Dian serves cheap and decent dim sum at a coffeeshop in Geylang Bahru. My group of makan kakis visited the stall in early April to try it.
To be honest, I never like to have dim sum in kopitiam because many stalls use commercially-made stuff that is bought from factories. I had a chat with the boss and he comes to the stall before 6am to prepare and makes the dim sum from scratch daily. The hard work put in to make these dim sum – it’s really not a job that everyone can do for years. I am sure there are many other kopitiam dim sum that holds that passion too.
Most of the dim sum items are priced at $1.90 including siew mai, har kau, crab meat dumpling, pork ribs, chicken feet etc. For good results, the boss uses fresh meat to make his dim sum. That makes most of his dim sum different. Other staples include chee cheong fun ($2), braised pork bao ($1.30), big pau ($1.60), coffee pau ($0.80), golden sands pau ($1). We didn’t get to try any pau that day, so we probably got to head back and do it again.
While you are there, don’t forget to walk over to Geylang Bahru Market & Food Centre nearby to have a plate of Guan Hin Carrot Cake.
Xiao Chen Homemade Bao Dian
Address: Blk 68 Kallang Bahru, Singapore 330068
Opening Hours: 7am to 8pm, closed on alternate Wednesdays
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