What’s Your Ultimate Dim Sum Experience? (Clan Dim Sum Restaurant @ Sri Petaling)May 24, 2013 | 12,728 views
Gone were the days when we used to see old ladies pushing trolleys and carts filled with piping fresh dim sum from the kitchen; shouting on top of their lungs …”Har Gau! Siew Mai! Char Siew Bao! Lor Mai Gai!”.
It’s no secret that I love dim sum. Could be the love for communal dining; seated at a round table where everyone’s eyeing for the same basket of dainty morsels, all the while chatting away in a loud yet not obnoxious fashion (every single soul around you is doing the same) and at times, vultures standing behind you wondering aloud when are you going to stop ordering platefuls of food.
It’s the experience. Of gathering a group of 3’s (since most dim sum come in triplets) or hoarding an entire table with food for photography sake or plain gluttony. Of waking up during the wee hours of the morning just so you can taste the freshest Har Gau or Char Siew Bao, instead of cold/reheated items. And how eating dim sum brought back extremely fond memories of breakfast at the old Foh San with my late grandpa.
The story continues with an early breakfast last weekend at Clan Dim Sum Restaurant @ Seri Petaling; famed for their Chicken Nest Bun (Gai Woh Bao). Read on for more ramblings on dim sum and life.
So common now to see bottled chili sauce and heaven-forbids …. sweet/tomato sauce as condiments.
If you ask me for a place to have the finest dim sum in Klang Valley (Kuala Lumpur/Selangor), I won’t be able to tell you. Yes, there are several outlets housed in 5 stars hotels and malls that charge you double or triple the price you would fork out for an equally delicious feast albeit in a warmer and admittedly, less comfortable environment.
Last week, I had the best of both worlds, literally. Started Sunday off with a meticulously-planned outing to Clan Dim Sum Restaurant @ Seri Petaling; the one renowned for their Gai Woh Bao aka Chicken Nest Bun. But more on the food later.
At Clan Dim Sum, it’s not uncommon to see a foreign worker rambling off dim sum names without stammering over the syllabus. Yes, occasionally, there are items that look nothing like what they mean (or trying to explain), but it’s more of an unnatural sight to see actual Chinese working at the premise. Go figure.
Then followed by a dim sum lunch at Oriental Pavilion @ Jaya 33 on Monday, a forgettable display of dim sum for lunch at the buffet spread at Swissotel Stamford in Singapore for the next two days, and culminating in a dim sum lunch (again) at The Han Room @ The Gardens yesterday.
All in all, though it might sound like an overkill, the actual succession of dim sum feasts were not.
Don’t ask me to compare the experiences; as aside from Oriental Pavilion vs The Han Room (where both are under the same Oriental group anyway), the rest ain’t apple to apple comparison.
Gai Woh Bao (Chicken Nest Bun) – Pillowy soft dough in a shape of a ‘nest’ stuffed with glutinous rice, chicken, chopped char siew, mushrooms and caramelized onions within.
Come back to Earth, Motormouth please. This is a review.
Okay. Let’s focus on Clan Dim Sum in Seri Petaling.
I remember I have visited the vicinity for food quite a couple of times before. Yet (correct me if I’m wrong) aside from dim sum outlets, there ain’t anymore interesting eateries worthy of a shoutout. There was this healthy-eating cafe named Calorie or something, and then we had a forgettable Taiwanese meal once and durian pancakes at Capri Desserts.
Nothing too fancy or reworked into disastrous fusion items, Clan Dim Sum emphasizes on freshness of the ingredients and well … no holds-barred dim sum.
I have tasted Clan Dim Sum’s Gai Woh Bao a couple of times. Mum used to have colleagues bringing back for her in dozens (no joke) and she would distribute to relatives and friends. And at least half a dozen left in the fridge.
By the way, you CAN purchase the unsteamed version for take-away, and kept in fridge for at least a week or so.
But I was not a fan. Maybe the freezing portion took away the freshness. And the liquid oozing from within became gooey and a tad salty after a while.
However, ordering one straight from the kitchen of Clan Dim Sum and digging in while it’s hot proved to be a wiser choice. The glutinous rice within was moist from the sauce infused with the sweetness of the onions, and chunky bits of char siew. The soft dough in a shape of a nest was a fitting accompaniment to soak up the gravy and provided a pleasant contrast to the savoury fillings.
If you have to order only ONE item here, don’t waste your calories on the others …. go for a Gai Woh Bao for yourself.
Not to splash cold water/throw a blanket disapproval over the other dim sum here, as there were decent tries in the steamed and fried items. But then again, I fail to recall anything within the realm of an eye-opening experience like in the case of the Gai Woh Bao.
Still miss the Lor Bak Gou (Pan fried radish cake), Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun and egg tarts from Ipoh. Seriously.
CLAN DIM SUM RESTAURANT (non-Halal)
No 140, Jalan Radin Anum 1,
Bandar Baru Sri Petaling,
57000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel No : +6019-382 5455
Come early, before 9am for a seat on weekends. They are opened throughout the day until late at night; 2am or so I believe.
Google Map, GPS – 3.066912,101.690793