Treasures Yi Dian Xin by the prestigious Imperial Treasure group of Chinese restaurants in Singapore is a fairly new restaurant in the basement of Paragon shopping centre on Orchard Road that serves a variety of Hong Kong cuisine including all day dim sum, congee (Chinese porridge), rice dumplings, meat and noodle dishes.
I went there for lunch last Sunday to try some of their dim sum and was surprised to find that quite a number of tables were already occupied even though we arrived early at just after 11am. This place is popular!
We ordered six different types of dim sum including the Stuffed Prawn in Crispy Wrap with Wasabi in Mayonnaise Dip, Baked Snow Crust BBQ Pork Bun, Steamed Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaf, Pan Fried Carrot Cake, Steamed Salted Egg Yolk Black Custard Bun and Deep Fried Porcupine Bun with Red Bean Paste. The dim sum here comes mostly in sets of two pieces rather than the usual three but the dishes that we ordered were actually filling enough for the two of us.
The food came out very quickly, all at around the same time and we started off first with the Stuffed Prawn in Crispy Wrap with Wasabi in Mayonnaise Dip. It was deliciously fresh, light and crispy and generously stuffed with juicy prawns. The mayonnaise dip didn’t have much of a wasabi kick to it but it was still nice and went well with the prawns in the crispy wrap.
I’d wanted to try the Baked Snow Crust BBQ Pork Bun since I really like the ones in Tim Ho Wan and although they’re no where near as good, they were tasty nonetheless. The bun itself was soft and doughy with a crumbly sugar crust (they are exactly like Japanese melon pan) and the barbecued pork inside was nice but a little dry and could have done with more sauce.
The Pan Fried Carrot Cake was melt in the mouth good, slightly crispy on the outside with bits of Chinese sausage within and went nicely with the spicy chilli oil provided on the table.
The Steamed Glutinous Rice was flavourful, the rice was pleasantly soft and sticky with small pieces of pork, mushrooms, shrimp and a little bit of salted egg yolk in the middle.
Photos of the Steamed Salted Egg Yolk Black Custard Bun have been circulating social media like crazy so it was something I was looking forward to trying especially since salted egg yolk is all the rage right now. The black and gold bun is indeed striking and the colour is really just for aesthetic purposes as it has no flavour and tastes like a regular steamed bun although maybe a little dry. The salted egg yolk filling was good though, a perfect balance of salty and sweet.
Another dish that is an Instagram favourite are the Deep Fried Porcupine Buns with Red Bean Paste. These cute little buns were deep fried so they were perfectly golden brown with crispy spikes and the red bean paste filling was smooth and not too sweet.
Overall the dim sum at Treasures Yi Dian Xin was good, the service was very efficient and polite and although tables are so close where you’re practically having a meal with the people next to you (I still haven’t got used to this in Singapore), the food comes out so quickly that you’ll be in and out of there in no time. I will definitely be back to try some of their other dim sum and dishes!
Treasures Yi Dian Xin By Imperial Treasure (Paragon branch)
Address: 290 Orchard Road, Paragon #B1-08, Singapore 238859
Tel: 6262 3662
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 11am – 10pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10.30am – 10pm
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