Restoran Jin Xuan Hong Kong
BEST FOR DIM SUM
I’ve wanted to clear up the ambiguity surrounding the terms ‘yum cha’ and ‘dim sum’ ever since I found out they are interchangeably used to colloquially mean “let’s eat dim sum” in Melbourne. Simply put, ‘yum cha’ means ‘drink tea’ and ‘dim sum’ refers to a specific type of food. However, in Malaysia, ‘yum cha’ just means “let’s go have a drink or eat”, so if you want dim sum it’s best to specify “let’s go have dim sum”.
Now that that’s cleared up, let me introduce my all-time favourite dim sum destination: Jin Xuan. Originating from Hong Kong, these dim sum experts are a hot favourite with locals and now have six branches throughout KL and PJ. They might vary slightly in their offerings – noodle dishes are only available at the Puchong branch – but if you go to a Jin Xuan outlet and don’t order the dim sum, you’re missing out.
My go-to choice is always the Damansara Jaya branch, where the dumplings are churned out fresh and piping hot. They’re renowned for their flaky, melt-in-your-mouth egg custard tarts, but I can also enthusiastically recommend the flavourful steamed spare ribs, steamed pork-and-prawn siu mai, baked roast pork ( char siew) buns and fried beancurd and shrimp rolls. Thinking about it makes me want to head there now!
Dishes worth trying that don’t come in the traditional threes include the chee cheong fun (steamed rice rolls). Pick the mixed option for a combination of shrimp and barbecue pork! Also try the chai tau kueh (fried turnip cake) with beansprouts and spring onion; the crispy-chewy wu kok (fried yam pastry) with a char siew heart; and the steamed golden liu sha bao (flowing sand bun) where the ‘flowing sand’ is actually salted egg yolk, but bite a small hole in it fir st so you don’t accidentally burn your tongue.
Saturdays are the best times to go as the turnover is high, ensuring everything is made fresh – however, come early (before 8am) or be prepared to wait as lines can be long on the weekends. It’s worth it though – your taste buds will thank me later. KARIN CHAN
63G-65G, Jalan SS21/60, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Tel: 03-7729 8881 www.jinxuan.com.my