Yay! My gramps are here in Singapore and staying for 6 months before going back to Canada. My second aunt’s based in Shanghai, and she’s also back for a short holiday. We were still missing my uncle’s family though, which was either in Hong Kong or Shen Zhen. My extended family’s all over in different countries!
Only my mom and my family are permanently rooted in Singapore. I’m not complaining, because it takes a lot of courage to just move countries. I’m pretty much satisfied here, although sometimes I wish for a closer relationship with my grandparents and aunts/uncles. They migrated while I was a child and we didn’t exactly got to bond. But they are all really nice people!
Anyway, we met up on Christmas to have lunch at East Ocean restaurant at Shaw in Orchard, and the Dim Sum really blew me away! Everything was so mouth-watering and delicious. Nicest Dim Sum I’ve ever tasted!
Sorry for the low quality photos, as I had forgotten to bring my camera!
There was a long queue outside the restaurant and we waited for about half an hr before getting seated. This was despite having made reservations, because everyone else there had also made reservations! It was totally packed.
Waitresses would go around tables and calling out the names of the dim sum that they are carrying, and then place down the small bamboo baskets if people desired them. I’ve never been to Hong Kong, and this kind of hectic, active promotion of Dim Sum from table to table was a new experience for me.
Almond prawn ball. Very fragrant and crispy!
The restaurant serves little cups of strong Tieguanyin tea before and after the meal to sort of clear our palate.
The custard baos (buns) are heavenly! Innocently they may sit in their baskets, but once you bite into them, the golden custard oozes out in a perfect combination of sweet and saltiness. Salty due to salted egg yolk in the custard, hence it wasn’t too sweet. I ate 2. Oh my mama!
This place is good for families to have lunch and dinners, but beware of the long queue! That said, the wait was totally worth it.
East Ocean Teochew Restaurant
1 Scotts Road #02-18 Shaw Centre