I really had to get out of the house! After locking myself in the room, staring at the monitor, furiously and vigorously typing away on the keyboard, slipping the pages of my textbook, and scratching my head to figure out a way to answer the assignment, I seriously needed fresh air and the sun. So, last Sunday despite the unfinished assignment, I tagged along with my friends for a dim sum lunch at Shark Fin House, located at Lt. Bourke Street in Chinatown. Ivy from Precious Pea did recommend me to try the food there. Of course, I shouldn't miss this opportunity.
Shark Fin House is very well-known among the Asians, and it's claimed to be the best yum cha place in the city. When me and my friends reached the restaurant at 11am, there was already a loooooonnnngggg queue outside. So,I thought: "The food must be really good."
Don't expect to eat in peace during lunch time. It's a busy bustling place with three floors which gets very packed at yum cha. Luckily, my friend made a reservation. Otherwise, we would be lining up with the crowd outside.
I liked the chopsticks. They were classy.
We started off with Phoenix Talons (凤爪). They were actually chicken feet! My friends loved them but I was disgusted with the appearance and just thinking about what could those feet have stepped on (you know what I mean...) before the chicken were slaughtered made me feel sick. But, I did try a tiny piece after being persuaded by Lynn. It was tender and nicely marinated with black bean sauce. But, that's it for that day.
I forgot what's the name for these cute buns. They were like pineapple buns with char siew filling. The outer layer was crispy with tangy lemon and a tinge of custard flavours. Although the filling was good, I could barely taste anything because there was too little.
Century Egg Porridge. Both Hui Jen and Jeffery had this and they liked it.
Char Siew. This dish was served cold and it wasn't as tasty as I expected. Slightly bland and insipidly marinated.
Then, came the steamed items:
Siew Mai. There were good stuff! The juice from the pork filling oozed out instantly when I sank my teeth into the succulent meat.
Prawn Dumplings. Delicate dumplings with whole fresh, huge prawns beautifully wrapped in almost translucent starch skin. It's a must order!
I have no idea what these were called. They had the same filling as the Siew Mai, except that they were wrapped in wantan-like skin. Tasted normal to me.
Baked Scallops with Cheese. Fresh scallops baked with tiny prawns and minced pork with melted cheese on top.
Fried Calamari. I'm not a big fan of this rubbery-like seafood. Again, with the power of my friends' persuasion, I reluctantly bit into one of these ghastly looking tentacles. Surprisingly, it wasn't as bad as I thought. It not only tasted delicious, but also I didn't feel like eating rubber. I found myself eating more of these later on *Giggle*
Sweet Cream Buns. 3 cute little steamed buns with milk custard filling. Absolutely gorgeous and heavenly good!
Look at the bright orangey filling.
Egg Tarts. They were so tiny that you can just pop the whole thing into your mouth. They tasted average, nothing to shout about.
Jeffery was raving about the Durian Tarts. The sound of the 'D' word made my face twisted into an expression of repulsiveness. I HATE durians! I know...You may think I'm stupid to dislike the king of fruits in Malaysia. I had tried to like it but it just didn't work out. When these lovely tarts were placed in front of me, its strong nauseating smell rushed through my nostrils and I nearly puked. And again, my friends convinced to try just a small piece. Trying my best not to breath, I took a bite. Eww! The taste! The smell! I just couldn't take it! I put the rest back on the plate and washed it down with lotsa tea and another egg tart to cover the taste on my taste buds. No more durians! Anyway, durian lovers would love these because the filling are made of real durian flesh.
Although we were so stuffed when approaching the end of the meal, we couldn't help but wanting to try this Mango Pudding. I must say that the taste was great! Very mangoey but the texture wasn't smooth and creamy enough to melt in your mouth.
Overall, I think the food was ok and the portions were quite small compared to the other restaurant I went, not as good as I expected. The long queue was a wrong impression to show that it's the best because I've tasted better ones and the service was bad. The food arrived slow and the wait staff forgot our orders. Maybe my expectation just gets higher and higher. Guess I will have to keep looking for a better one.