A Halal, All-Day Dim Sum Restaurant in Ipoh (Greentown Dim Sum Cafe)November 25, 2011 | 9,738 views
BBQ Chicken Pau (RM3.60/USD1.20 for two freshly-steamed buns) – Char Siew Bao without the CHAR SIEW?! Atrocious?!!! Ridiculous??!!!!!! Not really.
Friday. I’d better limit my words for this post, else I’ll be getting all the rotten tomatoes splattered over this ogre-like mug. And a stretch of 3-days long, extended weekend for everyone!
Instead of the usual un-Halal, pork-infested reviews on this blog, let me embrace the milder, pork-free side of myself. And if you’re a Muslim reader, or have a bunch of Muslim foodie friends dying to try some Chinese dim sum, then this post is definitely for you.
Wait, even if you are one PORK-adoring fanatic, who can’t stay away from the char siew, gu lou yuk, crispy siew yoke, vinegar pig’s trotters, German pork knuckle …… you might still find this recommendation worthy of a try. I was skeptical, but the first visit proved my doubts were unfounded. Read on, and discover why ….
Notice that JAKIM’s Halal certification proudly displayed on the wall for all to see? NOT a walk in the park to get that. Seven whole months, before they were finally issued with one.
Firstly, this is not a mere pork-free, dim sum restaurant usually parked in any random hotel. Or a high class one with 5-star ratings and charges up to RM10 for a basket of mediocre dim sum.
Nor does this resemble any classic Ipoh dim sum outlets; with ladies circling the space within with trolleys filled to the brim with fresh dim sum from the kitchen, and shouts of “Har Gau! Siew Mai!” in unison.
Greentown Dim Sum Cafe opened its doors almost a year ago in Greentown Business Centre, next to Berlin’s Bier Houz. The couple who run this place is a joyful Chinese duo without prior experience in operating an F&B business. But the chef behind the scene is definitely a skillful one with an eye for meticulous details and presentation of his food.
Now … can we scream 1Malaysia already?
Sorry if the fonts look too small. But generally, the dim sum selection here was mighty impressive for an outlet this size. Priced at around RM3 – RM5 (about USD1.30) per portion.
Prawn Dumplings (the perennial favourite of mine; Har Gau) (RM4.90/USD1.50) and at the back was a basket of Blue Flower Dumplings (RM3.90/USD1.30).
Dried Prawn Dumplings (RM3.90/USD1.30) – Ham Sui Kok without the conventional bits of char siew. Did not enjoy these, but Mum was happy that these were almost like the real deal.
Lor Mai Gai (Chicken Glutinous Rice) (RM4.20/USD1.40) was merely passable, but the glutinous rice was steamed to a good balance of being moist yet without being mushy.
Fried Radish Cake (Lor Bak Gou) (RM4.20/USD1.40) that was indeed … SPICY enough to torch some tongues. But pretty good, actually. We tasted the ‘wok hei’ (burnt, smoky aroma from the high heat used in frying the ensemble) in this one.
Now … take a wild guess of what this is. It was something from the menu, yet looked nothing like what we imagined.
Greentown Dim Sum Cafe – Opens from day until night. So you can have all day dim sum, and many other dishes (including single portion rice and noodles for lunch) without worrying whether they have a break in between or not.
Now, with that also breached 500 words already. =_=
I know, very-the-articulate eh? Anyway, this cafe holds immense potential, only if they maintain the standards, the excellent service, and preferably …. reducing the long wait for the food.
Everything’s steamed and fried freshly before served, hence you can imagine the wait if the crowd is thick. When we were there, the shop was about 50% occupied, and we had to brace a 20-minutes wait for the first item to arrive. Then a couple of minutes in between each serving. A compromise for FRESHNESS, maybe?
Oh, Happy HOLIDAYS by the way. And drive safe, eat reasonably, drink with caution, etc. I’ll come up with a travel post this weekend. Promised.
GREENTOWN DIM SUM CAFE (Halal)
No 10, Persiaran Greentown 4,
Greentown Avenue, 30450 Ipoh,
Tel No : +605-255 2010, +6012-569 8876
Opens from 8am until 9pm daily. Closed on Tuesdays.
Next door to Berlin’s Bier Houz, and a few shops away from the new Chatime outlet.