It’s the Raya LONGGGGG weekend! :DD
I must say I’m loving it, for it meant a weekend of smooth traffic (it can’t beat the double celebrations of CNY and Raya though – that’s when the town is almost deserted!), long runs, food-hunts and backlog clearance of blog updates!
Other than burgers and cakes, I have recently embarked on a dim sum gorging spree. Over this long break, I have a place in Kepong in mind. And just last week I was in Jinjang Utara, popping morsels of absolute delicious homemade dim sum into my mouth.
This outlet, with neither a signboard or a name, seems to be a family run business. 2 elderly folks and 2 young uns moved about taking and delivering orders, efficient and quiet. Located on the busy street where a nearby morning market is, its non-descriptive shop only added to its mystery.
There isn’t a menu, and just like the olden days, you take your pick from the steamers they bought around to every table.
The piece de resistance here is the Tai Pau – translated to “BIG PAU“. It’s big alright, and delightfully bursting out of its dough with meat, meat and more meat!
My good friend Chan, who very kindly woke up at 6.00am on a Sunday to bring me here said the Tai Pau is usually sold out by 10am so it’s best to come early if you want to grab one. The other items would still be available so for late risers, no fret as you can still get your dim sum fix! 😀
Tai Pau: Pork, chicken, egg, mushroom and turnips!
It was worth every calorie! It was that delicious!
Another fair gauge of good dim sum for me is the Char Siew Pau (BBQ Pork Bun). This one had a good ratio of meat to fat and wasn’t overly drowned in gravy.
Then it’s the siew mai, har kow (meat dumplings, prawn dumplings), chook (congee) and chee cheong fun (rice rolls).
I would highly recommend the congee here. Lovely and smooth, I suspect there was dried cuttlefish added as I detected subtle nuances of its flavour in the gruel. Well, whatever it was, it certainly made the congee much more flavourful and fragrant!
The siew mai (meat dumpling) was plump and meaty. Though ‘old-school‘ tend to be fatty, the dim sum here was surprisingly balanced and acceptable even to my fussy standards. I’m officially a fan! 🙂
Steamed Rice rolls (Chee Cheong Fun) made in-house.
See the unfurled rolls? It’s smooth and slides down the throat, unlike the starchy ones that breaks into pieces easily. Even the soy sauce used was of quality, just nicely sweet and salty. The accompanying chili paste is fresh with a nice spicy kick.
I know I have said this place is “old-school” aka traditional. However, that doesn’t mean boring. There are surprises such as this dumpling with prawn + meat paste encasing BBQ pork.
The outer part of the ball is a special mix of prawn and meat paste, very tasty on its own and made even better with the char siew filling.
As usual I avoided the fried items but I couldn’t resist this – Deep Fried Ham Yue Pork!
Crisp and fragrant, do remember to grab a plate when you’re here!
Seriously, this rather obscure and unknown outlet, without a name even; serves one of the most delightful dim sum I have ever had. I don’t proclaim to be a dim sum expert, but for the category of old-school, nostalgic, house-made dim sum (NON-HOTELS dim sum), this is one I would highly recommend, another being the one in Pudu area – Tuck Cheong.
The Jinjang Market is right opposite. After my dim sum session, I took a stroll in the market and packed home freshly boiled soya bean (my favourite!) and a box of glorious siew yok (roast pork belly). More on that in another post.
All in all, it was a good Sunday morning! 🙂
Dim Sum – Jalan Jinjang Indah – (on the main road where the turning into Jalan Jinjang Utara 5, 6,7,8 are), Jinjang Utara.
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