Swee Choon has long been a hot supper spot for locals within the Jalan Besar area, for it is a convenient spot that only opens at night that serves pretty affordable yet satisfying dim sum.
They had started out quite small but had recently expanded out, which now includes both an indoor seating area that is fitted with aircon and an open-air shop space. Menu variety is huge, ranging from dimsum to La Mian and desserts.
(Swee Choon Mee Sua Kueh)
One of Swee Choon’s specialty would be their Swee Choon Mee Sua Kueh, which is pretty unique to themselves. This felt pretty similar to our rectangular Carrot Cake, as the crust was the same; only difference being topped with crispy fried Mee Sua on the top. Inside, it was filled with springy vermicelli that felt as though it was steamed, which gave a contrast in texture. This seemed better when it was hot, so have it immediately when it comes to the table.
(Steamed Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun)
Another to-try dish at Swee Choon, the Steamed Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun was just explosive goodness, as the thick salted egg yolk custard bursts out of the bun with just a bite. The lava was more sweet than salty, but still was pretty satisfying. A definite must-order at Swee Choon!
(Layer Pancake with Egg and Meat Floss)
It was not my idea to order the Layer Pancake with Egg and Meat Floss, so I really have to thank the one who sneakily added this item to the menu for it became one of my favourite dishes of the night. The Layer Pancake was something like minchiang kueh, and the combination of savoury meat floss and crunchy, refreshing cucumber just went so well together.
(Egg White Puff with Red Bean & Banana)
Although it was not aesthetically pleasing, the Egg White Puff with Red Bean & Banana was also pretty impressive as the puff despite being fried, was light and fluffy and well complimented with the sweetness of the red bean paste and fragrance of bananas; definitely one dish I would order again if I visit Swee Choon.
(Pan Fried Pork Dumpling)
Pan Fried Pork Dumplings were decent as it was stuffed generously with pork and savoury broth that leaks out when bitten.
Fried Dumplings were also decent; fresh prawns in golden-brown pockets which we crispy and well-filled inside.
(Portuguese Egg Tarts)
We felt that their widely-raved Portuguese Egg Tarts was a bit underwhelming however. While the egg curd was sweet and smooth, and the pastry was light and flaky, the lukewarm temperature it was served to us gave no justice to the dish. We could only wish for it being served warmer.
The Siew Mai was also a bit unimpressive. It lacked wow-factor and felt pretty flat, but it is worth noting that their version comes plain with pork unlike dim sum places these days that includes prawns in their variants.
There had been a lot of speak about Swee Choon; whether it is worth going or overhyped. We reached Swee Choon early and went in to sit without having to queue, and the food came rather fast without too long a wait, which we felt was rather fair as the food was satisfying. Honestly though, we would not see ourselves braving the queue for it though, especially if it is over 30 minutes to 45 minutes because the quality of its food just does not really justify for that long a wait. For those who are interested but afraid of being disappointed, try reaching Swee Choon when they open their shutters or before 7pm; that is when the queue would start to form up.
Swee Choon Dim Sum Restaurant
191 Jalan Besar Road
Web Page: http://www.sweechoon.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Swee-Choon-Dim-Sum-Restaurant/207160642628011