Most people know about Zi Yean’s Cze Char, but you may not know that since they moved to their new premises a year ago, they have started offering Dim Sum and La Mian. Dim Sum is an excellent way for the whole family to enjoy a Sunday brunch together which is why I am always on the lookout for good and affordable Dim Sum Places.
Another unique dish is the pork and salted fish rice. The pork and salted fish is very nice, but I found that there was not enough flavour in the rice as it is just plain steamed rice. 3/5
Siew Mai and Har Kow as standard Dim Sum fare. These are all quite good. Each cost $2.50 for a basket of 3. 3.5/5 for most of the dumplings. Personally, when it comes to the various steamed dumplings, they all taste quite similar to me after you put the Hae Bee Hiam or chilli sauce on. Some would say I just don’t know how to appreciate Dim Sum.
Another interesting item is the Gou Bu Li (Dog don’t care) Pao, aka Tianjin Meat Pao. Quite nice and certainly something very different from your standard pork pau. The Gou Bu Li has plenty of shredded onions in it. $2.50 for plate of 3. 3.75/5 I tried to give you a view of a half eaten Siew Mai. You can probably just make out the prawn sticking out.
Lao Ban Niang, Ms Angela Chia with Head Hong Kong Chef Wu (on her right) and the La Mian Chef. Those of you who are familiar with the history of Zi Yean would know that it was previously owned by Ms Angela and her partner who subsequently retired when they moved to the new premises.ConclusionYet another place for affordable and tasty Dim Sum. Zi Yean is divided into an aircon restaurant and a non-aircon coffeeshop. Both serve the same food, but there are several items that are exclusive to the restaurant. If you dine at the restaurant, you will be charged the standard taxes although the prices of food remain the same. Eating at the non-aircon area is good value since there are no extra taxes. The La Mian is exceptional value for money and a MUST try, so you might just want to pop in for a quick working lunch or, if you have to entertain, book a table on the aircon side.4/5 Good Dim Sum, Great La Mian, Affordable Prices!