Restoran Jin Xuan Hong Kong

BEST FOR DIM SUM

Expatriate Lifestyle - - Eats -

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

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