Ben and Dar were looking around Nex for a place to have a light supper before heading home and decided on having some dim sum from Ho Kee, located at the basement level of the shopping mall. Ben and Dar had previously stopped by to buy fried shrimp dumplings for takeaway but has never ate at the cafe itself.
We ordered a Loy Mai Kai ($1.80) and two Prawn dumplings ($1.30 each). The glutinous rice chicken tastes different from the usual version served at coffee shops that Ben and Dar likes but it was still quite decent. The prawn dumplings were choked with ingredients, including chunks of prawn, meat and a subtle taste of coriander.
We certainly wouldn’t mind stopping by for the prawn dumplings whenever we need a snack! According to Ben, there’s a Ho Kee cafe near Aljunied MRT too - maybe we should try there another time!
Ho Kee Pau 和记包
23 Serangoon Central
Opening hours: 9.30 am to 10.30 pm daily
Ben decided to bring Dar and mummy to this cheap and good dimsum place located at level 1 of Sunshine Plaza. It was a Saturday afternoon and it was really packed!
Disclaimer: Do not expect standards of the likes of Imperial, Wah Lok, Royal China etc.
Wala Wala Porridge 艇仔粥. The porridge here was too watery and bland. A far cry from Imperial’s standard.
Yu Tiao Chang Fen. Both Dar and mummy liked this rendition as it was different from the usual charsiew or prawnie version.
Crispy Golden Prawn Rolls 脆虾腐皮卷.
Crispy Shrimp Dumpling 沙律明虾角. The dumplings were really filled with succulent prawns, and fried to perfection. We ordered two plates, tells you how good they were!
One of their must-orders Scallop and Sausage Carrot Cake with XO Sauce. A tad different from the usual carrot cake, Dar loves this dish! Soaked in soy sauce, the carrot cake was really tender and mushy!
Ben’s all time fave Golden Egg Yolk Lava Bun. Filled with runny custard, this little thing will explode in your mouth with golden custard goodness! If you have not tried this, you have really missed out on the good stuff!
Victor’s King Prawn Dumpling and Siew Mai. Of course, how can we not have the three treasures of dim sum - har kau, siew mai, char siew pau? The char siew pau really paled in comparison to its Golden Egg Yolk Lava Pau.
Chicken and Sausage in Glutinous Rice. When the dish first arrived, we thought it looked really plain. But you will be amazed at how the glutinous rice had absorbed the fragrance of the lotus leaf!
HK Summer Iced Milk Tea. A unique way of serving the milk tea to keep it cold so that the drink will not be diluted. The tea tastes quite thick and authentic, similar to the 丝袜奶茶 that we had at Hong Kong (:
While many complain incessantly about the poor level of customer service, I reckon it’s often hard to get the best of both worlds - cheap prices and good customer service. Of course, if you’re willing to pay more, you can always head down to Ben’s favourite Wah Lok or Royal China. Otherwise, you can consider Victor’s Kitchen.
91 Bencoolen Street
#01-21 Sunshine Plaza
Opening hours: 10.30am to 8pm