Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Yat Dim Sum Yi - Medan Putra Business Centre, Bandar Menjalara, Kepong

I have some set ways when it comes to having DimSum. It is acquired after having my years of eating dim sum in Ipoh. It is also closest to fine dining 30-40 years ago.

1. It is a breakfast or brunch thing.
2. The acid test will be how they fare in using this trio of meat: pork in Siew Mai, fish in fish balls and YTF and prawn in Har Kao.
3. Dim Sum must be piping hot and pastries should be kept warm.
4. Do not go for strange concoctions. Usually disappointment.
5. Those with strong flavours should be ordered last like chicken feet.
6. Pastries should also be eaten towards the end.

Finally I found a place to have reasonably good Dim Sum near home. Here goes.

1. Air:con: Yes
2. MSG: The least so far compared to others
3. Parking: Sometimes a bit challenged as have to complete with many residents and also lots of eateries nearby.
4. Ambiance: 5/10
5. Food: 7/10
6. Peculiarities for this style: Food came piping hot even those the YTF and Woo Kok (Yam).
7. Price: 6.5/10
8. Verdict: Good to eat 1-2 times a week
9. Service: Attentive and fast

Har Kao. Generous amount of fresh, firm prawns bound together with minuscule amount of starch. The skin was thin. Passed the acid test for prawn usage.
 Yong Lieu. The fish paste was excellent. Firm and elastic. Did not breakup like those with lots of flour as substitute. The fish may not be of those really sweet type but I was glad they did not sweetened it with MSG. Passed the acid test for fish usage.
 Siew Mai. The meat was springy, meaty, well marinated and bursting with flavours. The pork did not give off that smell characteristic of a lack of freshness. Passed the acid test for pork usage.
Fish Maw Dumpling in Superior Soup. First of all the soup was excellent with anchovies as the base. Can really smell it! The ingredients was fresh. I was surprised.
 Fish Maw Dumpling to go with Ginger in Hwei Tiaw Wine. Fresh approach.
Siu Loong Pao. As good as it can get. The skin was strong enough yet not too thick. The chef has a way of tying it up at the top so that you can pick it up using the chopsticks without hassles.
Char Siew Pau. Dough was a bit too fluffy for me. I prefer those with denser dough. The marinated meat was good and went well with the carbs. 6.5/10
Phoenix Claws. Usually the taste is very salty and sweet. Glad they controlled the sweetness and saltiness.
 Steamed Spare-Ribs. Well done! Just nice, piping hot, smooth and tender meat.
Vegetarian Dim Sum. Strange concoction.
Woo Kok. The yam shined through and the BBQ pork was not able to overwhelmed the creamy taste of yam.
Address: 57,59, Jalan 1/62D, Medan Putra Business Centre, Bandar Menjalara, Kepong
Tel: 03-62761232

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