Magic of Dim Sum in the Morning & 4 Million Now!January 15, 2012 | 17,490 views
“Lau Sar Bao” (Flowing Golden Custard Bun) – Rich, golden hue infused with goodness (or sin, depending on how you look at it) of salted egg yolk; encased in a pillowy soft bun. The runny fillings would need some tight maneuvering in case you’re sharing a piece with another.
Now, I have never been really engrossed/enamoured by dim sum in KL. No, I don’t mean that the dim sum in restaurants parked in 5 star hotels; charging upwards of RM10+ per basket are not up to par (in fact, I rarely go to these places for dim sum anyway). And no, in case you think that I’m a biased supporter of Foh San @ Ipoh, you’re wrong too.
Aside from one dim sum unknown (to the younger generations anyway) in SS2 named Loong Seng, which was reasonably memorable, the other experiences were either horrible, or best forgotten. And let’s forget about Hong Kee ……
But then came the Jin Xuan experience. I was fairly skeptical. Dim sum restaurants charging slight premium for the environment, churning out basket after basket, plates after plates of generic dim sum from the kitchen? Been there, done that.
Tray load of dim sum for choosing; still a good option to be able to see what you’re ordering, in my opinion.
But colleagues (who are locals) kept showering praises on Jin Xuan; one outlet in Damansara Jaya, and another in Uptown (Damansara Utama). There are two more that I have heard of; one in Puchong while another’s in Kuchai Lama. And then we tried that other one in PJ Old Town once. Not sure if there are more. And we were supposed to arrive before 9am on a Saturday morning to grab a table! WHAT?!
Read on to see if I am a convert. Or vice versa.
Okay, so we relented. We gathered at Jin Xuan at an unGodly hour of 8.00am I believe. This WAS a Saturday, remember? The one in Damansara Jaya was temporarily closed, because of a breakdown. To which we drove a short distance over to the DU’s branch.
Good thing about eating at Jin Xuan? They have FREE valet parking. Or maybe I should rephrase that …. valet ILLEGAL parking, or DOUBLE parking’s more like it. Still, they got the job done on busy weekdays I suppose.
Har Gau (Prawn Dumplings), Siew Mai (Pork Dumplings), Char Siew Bao (BBQ pork Bun) and Lor Mai Gai (Glutinous Rice with chicken, mushrooms and waxed sausages)
Crispy Yam Puff (Woo Kok), Prawn Rolls with mayonnaise, Baked Char Siew Bun, and Fried Radish Cake (Lor Bak Gou)
Ordering was a cinch. They give this HUGE two pages menu (back-to-back), one side with steamed items and another with fried and baked ones. You grab an order chit, and go crazy with the doodling.
Prices hover at around RM4.00 per portion (slightly more expensive than your usual dim sum stalls), but everything was generally above average. Best was the Lao Sar Bao; or Flowing Custard Bun. I tried this TWICE at two different outlets before, and the salty-sweet cream was absolutely delicious. Seriously.
Although bear in mind that there were times when they overcooked the buns and the custard hardened, according to a friend and one of the reviews I read.
A sweet and sour pork + shrimp rolls with ham. I forgot the actual name, but this was good, like a funkier version of Ipoh’s ‘suin jook quen’ (sweet and sour beancurd rolls)
“Sang Chau Lor Mai Fan” (fried glutinous rice) was good at the Damansara Utama branch, but not at the one in PJ Old Town.
Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun (Steamed Rice Noodle Rolls with Mixed Shrimps and Cubed Char Siew)
In fact, I enjoyed most of the selection at Jin Xuan …. to a point that I started to wonder; how did they maintain the standards after going the commercialized route? Maybe, true fanatics of authentic dim sum based in KL/Selangor may argue otherwise, much like how I don’t recommend Yee Hup or Lou Wong to out-of-towners, Jin Xuan passed the acid test a few times now. I must have been there for about 5 times over the last two months.
Come at 10am, and you’ll be sun tanning with the hungry crowd. Or worse ….. standing guard like how the good folks at Foh San would.
Yeah, so there were missed and forgettables here and there … the yam puff and seaweed rolls for example. The spare ribs were not too magnificent either; at about RM2 per piece! But on the whole, the dim sum experience at Jin Xuan got the thumbs up. Even the HK Chee Cheong Fun was satisfactory, and the sambal was a good complement.
Oh … since they open from morning until night, this would be a really good spot for in-between snackings. We had dinner at the Damansara Jaya and PJ Old Town branches, without the crowd but with less items on the trays. Not to lament, since I don’t mind having the same old classics (Char Siew Bao, Lor Mai Gai, Har Gao and Siew Mai) again and again.
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JIN XUAN HONG KONG DIM SUM (Damansara Utama/Uptown)
63 & 65, Jalan SS21/60,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
JIN XUAN HONG KONG DIM SUM (Damansara Jaya)
59, 61, 63, Jalan SS22/19,
47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia