I love dim sum, as you might be able to tell from this blog so far – a variety of tasty bite-sized morsels of meaty, juicy, crispy or even sweet treats – you name it. And across my many enjoyable experiences of this wonderful Chinese invention, there is one restaurant chain in Singapore that I would like to highlight.
And that is the Imperial Treasure Group. So far, I’ve been to their outlets in Tampines, Great World City, ION Orchard and 111 Somerset for both dim sum and regular Chinese fare, and none have really disappointed me yet. In addition to great dim sum, they also do a mean roast duck, delicious soya sauce chicken, as well as other quality various stir fry dishes and Chinese noodle dishes.
For the dim sum, what really stood out for me was their Char Siew Sou – which I hardly ever order at restaurants because I don’t usually fancy it, as those I had tried before had crust that was too thick and cakey and meat that was not very flavourful – but the one at Imperial Treasure, oh my. It was good stuff. After biting into a light flakey crust bursting with generous and rich tasting char siew chunks inside, I was a convert.
The other dim sum delights (pictures above and below) like the Har Gao (Steamed Prawn Dumplings), Steamed Mushroom Dumplings and Scallop or Prawn Cheong Fun (Rice Rolls) also fared pretty well – I particularly like the scallop rice rolls, with their juicy filling of scallop, smooth rice roll wrapping and lightly salty soy sauce.
The Mushroom Dumplings are really chock full of earthy mushrooms in a thin crystal skin – I’d say it might not be not for everyone though, as the mushroom taste is pretty strong. The Har Gaos were good quality but pretty standard – one thing good was that the skin was pretty thin, allowing the sweet and juicy prawns to shine.
The Fried Carrot Cake was also quite delicious, fried to a tender crisp on the outside but still tender and soft on the inside. The Deep Fried Prawn Dumplings though rather delectable and exquisite, unfortunately lacked the plump and juicy filling that I usually prefer this dish to have. For the steamed Liu Sa Paus (salted egg yolk custard buns), it is a bit hard for me to comment as I’ve usually had them somewhat cold or slightly overcooked (as I requested for it to be left on the steamer to be kept hot) as I must have it only at the end of the meal and my companion prefers it to be served with everything else – but from what I remember, it seemed like it had the potential to be really bursting with warm and smooth liquid and flavour.
Was also rather glad that they provided chilli that was the really rich, fried deep red sambal type, instead of the processed slightly sweet light red type (though I do think the latter can be quite nice too).
For the stir fried dishes, some I’ve tried at the ION branch were the Chicken in Claypot in Clam Sauce (excellent), Kung Po Chicken (quite good), Steamed Fish with Lily Bulbs (excellent – the fish was so smooth and well executed), Seasonal Vegetable with Three Types of Egg (again excellent – the light broth sauce from the eggs was tasty yet not too rich or overpowering), Deep Fried Prawns with Lemon Sauce (not too bad). The roast meats there were rather delicious as well – especially the really tasty and juicy duck!
We also tried a rather interesting noodle dish at the Great World City branch – Flat Egg Noodles (Mee Pok) with Shimeji Mushrooms and Truffle Oil – which was wonderfully truffle-infused without being overpowering, and complemented the light and earthy taste of the mushrooms and the egg-y flat noodles. I really liked it. And they also have some other unique noodle medleys as well.
Their Chinese tea is also enjoyable and goes fabulously with the dim sum – my favourite one to have at Imperial Treasure is Ju-Pu – Chrysanthemum mixed with Pu-er. As for service, it is pretty standard really; although one time when we went to the Great World City branch, some of the wait staff had somehow managed to mess up one or two orders, resulting in some food delays and minor displeasure. But that was the only lapse and it was still tolerable, so I’d definitely go back for the high quality, delicious and reasonably priced food.
And it’s apparently not just me who likes this chain – Imperial Treasure outlets seem to almost always have queues during mealtimes – so I’d suggest you call in advance for seats if you wish to pay them a visit!
I also heard that the Marina Bay Sands branch has a really nice ambience and great food, so going to check that out next.
Imperial Treasure Cantonese Cuisine
1 Kim Seng Promenade
#02-06 Great World City
Tel: 6681 6424
Imperial Treasure Nan Bei Restaurant
10 Tampines Central 1
#02-04 Tampines 1
Tel: 6484 3323 I
mperial Treasure Noodle & Congee House
2 Orchard Turn
#B3-17 ION Orchard
Tel: 6509 8283
Imperial Treasure Steamboat Restaurant
111 Somerset Road
#02-21/22/23 TripleOne Somerset
Tel: 6732 8231