It’s been a long time since I last had my dose of dim sum, the dainty, bite-sized Chinese food that is usually taken during breakfast. Well, times have changed now, and many restaurants are offering dim sum from morning til night, providing a constant supply to satisfy one’s cravings should it occur any time of the day. And so fate had it that we were at Jade Pot Dim Sum Restaurant one day to satisfy our dim sum craving during lunch. Located along a busy road, I was glad to know that this restaurant is a whole bungalow on its own, with a compound for free car park.
Dim Sum menu
Once we’re seated, we’re given a 2-page menu printed on a piece of laminated cardboard, with pictures of the dim sum available. A piece of order chit was provided as well, for us to tick the items desired. I liked their ordering system since it’s easy, straightforward and ensures dim sum are prepared only upon order.
We went a little overboard with the ordering, placing a tick next to almost half the items on the menu. Steamers upon steamers of dim sum were served after about 10 minutes of waiting. Well to make life easy, I’m going to rate the dim sum from Good to Mediocre to Poor, according to my humble opinion.
I LOVED the Pan-fried Radish Cake! This was served piping hot with extremely crispy edges and a soft interior. Be careful not to burn your tongue with this. The trick is to cut and split it into quarters, letting them cool down for a while, before dipping it into chilli sauce and sinking your teeth into the crispy exterior. The good news is, it’s not even very oily. My favourite pick from the restaurant.
Pan-Fried Radish Cake (RM4.80)
The Siew Mai or Pork Dumplings came in rather sizable portion, with each piece large enough to require at least 2 bites. It was packed with a mixture of pork and shrimp meat, making it a savoury yet succulent package. My only gripe was that they could have been steamed a little too long, as the discoloured tobiko showed.
Siew Mai / Pork dumplings (RM6.80)
I have always been a fan of ribs, especially pork ribs. So when I saw Fried Spare Ribs with Fermented Beancurd on the menu, I just couldn’t resist from ordering a portion. This was also served fresh from the kitchen, burning hot and so fragrant! The taste of fermented beancurd was apparent, as well as the juiciness of the pork meat. Yum!
Fried Spare Ribs with Fermented Beancurd (RM8.80)
We ordered a plate of Oyster Sauce Choy Sum to balance out our meat- and cholesterol-laden meal. Thankfully, the vegetables were young and tender, with a generous amount of oyster sauce on top. This was as good as boiled vegetables can be.
Oyster Sauce Choy Sum (RM6.80)
The Jade Pot Egg Tarts were not the best I’ve had but they’re decent enough. Flaky pastry and warm egg custard, they hit all the right spots.
Jade Pot Egg Tarts (RM4.80)
Now for some items which I thought needed improvement, starting with Har Kow or Prawn Dumpling. Although the size of the dumpling was above average with a generous amount of prawns within, the skin of the dumpling left much to be desired. Almost half the dumplings had their skin stuck to the steamer, making it tear easily while spilling the contents out. Messy! The skin was soft and borderline mushy, so I did not bother eating it. I hope they’ll improve on this since the fillings were generous and good. Would be a pity if they didn’t.
Har Kow / Prawn dumplings
After the success of the pan-fried radish cake, I ordered the Stir-Fried Radish Cake, with high hopes. Alas, these were a little disappointing as they turned out to be lack of ‘wok hei’ or the heat of wok, and quite honestly, a little bland. Also, notice that the amount of bean sprouts on the plate was significantly higher than radish cakes.
Stir Fried Radish Cake (RM5.80)
Char Siu Pao / BBQ Pork Bun is my default order in any dim sum restaurant, hence I have pretty high standards for it. These were sadly below par, since I found the filling of BBQ pork to be populated with fatty bits of meat. I would really prefer chunkier and leaner meat in those fluffy buns.
Char Siu Pao / BBQ Pork Bun (RM4.80)
Fatty bits of meat
When I saw cheese in the Prawn and Cheese Roll, I told myself I simply had to try this! These were pretty decent, although the amount of cheese used could be more generous. But I have to say their prawns were really succulent!
Prawn and Cheese Roll (RM5.80)
Chee Cheong Fun, or Rice Noodle Roll is another specialty in dim sum restaurants. As opposed to some chee cheong fun which might not have fillings inside, this one had at least a small prawn in each piece. No worries about missing out!
Fresh Prawn Rice Noodle Roll (RM5.80)
Chinese Herbal Jelly or Guai Lin Ko was not too bad, it had the intense flavour that was heightened with the addition of syrup on top. The syrup provided a nice and sweet beginning but once the jelly started to digest, there’s a slight bitter aftertaste, just how it should be.
Guai Lin Ko / Chinese Herbal Jelly (RM2.80)
Now I seldom classify food as poor, but the following dim sum dishes were just better left alone. The Steamed Beancurd Roll, for example, was clearly a case of over-steamed or overcooked. I’d like the beancurd roll to at least retain a slightly chewy bite to it after being steamed but these came out all soft and soggy.
Steamed Beancurd Roll (RM5.80)
The Cantonese Bamboo Rice was a variation of the ‘loh mai kai’ with a different shape. Even though they had the contents of a typical loh mai kai (mushroom, chinese sausage, chicken), the rice was a disappointment. We found the rice to be pretty hard especially on the outer layer. Almost as if it was left out in the open for long, causing the outer layer to be dry and hardened.
Cantonese Bamboo Rice (RM4.80)
The Dan Dan noodles looked pretty appealing on the menu, but what came was a small bowl of plain noodles with slightly spicy and savoury soup and nothing else.
Dan Dan Noodles (RM4.80)
Steamed Chicken Feet was way too soft and overloaded with salt and pepper. The taste was a tad overwhelming for me to handle.
Steamed Chicken Feet (RM4.80)
Last but not least, the Steamed Pork Spare Ribs was a huge disappointment. They were bland, overly soft, had more bones than meat and were overcooked.
Steamed Pork Spare Ribs (RM5.80)
While there were certainly some hits and misses with this dim sum restaurant, I’d have to give it plus points for the spacious and comfortable dining environment that is also rather quiet. This would be what I have in mind for a weekend breakfast session where I’d like to sit back and relax with free flow of hot Chinese tea and nibble on my food, instead of being stared by customers for hogging the table for too long.
Dining environment at Jade Pot
Jade Pot Dim Sum & Steamboat Restaurant
Jade Pot Dim Sum & Steamboat Restaurant (opposite Pearl International Hotel)
No. 413, Batu 5,
Jalan Kelang Lama,
58000 Kuala Lumpur,
Tel No: +603-7987 9918
Opening Hours: Daily (11:00 am – 3:00 pm & 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm)