Being known to have multiple concepts serving different forms of Chinese fare, Treasures Yi Dian Xin is the newest concept launched by Imperial Treasure situated at the heart of Orchard Road.
Treasures Yi Dian Xin takes over the former spot that was occupied by Big O Cafe, offering patrons an all-day dimsum concept for the menu of Treasures Yi Dian Xin is mainly focused on dimsum. Some of the menu items (especially the most basic options) are being carried over from the menu of other Imperial Treasure dining concepts around, though there are quite a number of items that are exclusive to Treasures Yi Dian Xin. Apart from dimsum, one can also expect carbs on the menu such as congee and noodles while meat-lovers would be glad to know that the menu also carries a section dedicated to roasted meat, offering their signature homemade roasted duck amongst other meats such as crispy roast pork and steamed chicken.
While most of the dishes from the roasted meats section are pretty typical of other Hong Kong/Dimsum joints, the Sliced Charcoal Grilled Pork Collar stood out the most for it is not a typical offering in a Chinese casual dining restaurant. Coming served like a typical Char Siew dish, the grilled pork collar comes coated in a familiar, but in a much lighter tasting glaze as opposed to the usual Char Siew. It hints lightly of honey, but the meat was fatty and tender with a good bite which is pretty unlike a jiggly piece of fatty char siew. A pretty interesting dish and worth a try for meat lovers out there who usually prefers fatty meat with a bite.
Moving on to the dimsum, the Steamed Salted Egg Yolk Black Custard Bun is exclusive to Treasures Yi Dian Xin and also replaces the usual white-coloured bun version that is being served in other Imperial Treasures dining concepts for the menu of this particular concept. While I must say that it pretty much hits my expectations of Imperial Treasure’s usual Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun which always strikes a good balance between sweetness and savoury flavours and with a bun that is a tad thick for my own liking, the entire bun felt in no way different than the white-coloured bun versions served at their other concepts. At $3.60++ for two, I would probably head to any Imperial Treasure dining concept which serves the usual Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun where it comes at $4.20++ for 3, given the only difference seemed to be more on the aesthetics anyway.
Another dish that is new on the menu for Treasures Yi Dian Xin is the Steamed Crispy Rice Roll with Shrimp. This is pretty reminiscent to one of my favourite dishes served at Legendary Hong Kong where a crispy prawn roll comes wrapped within Chee Cheong Fun doused in light soy sauce. The Chee Cheong Fun was executed to perfection; just of the right thickness while still able to soak in the savoury flavours of the soy sauce, and is all slurpy and smooth. Inside, the fried prawn roll delivers that crispiness as promised with coriander leaves included for an added dimension of flavour within. The light soy sauce may not seem enough initially when it is served on the side, but adds just enough flavour when poured onto the Chee Cheong Fun. If I had to nitpick, it probably would be better for the Chee Cheong Fun to be cut in smaller slices so one could have them in a single mouthful. We were told to pour in the light soy sauce only when we are ready to eat, for the Chee Cheong Fun might get too salty if it gets soaked in light soy sauce for too long.
Stuffed Prawn in Crispy Wrap with Wasabi in Mayonnaise Dip seems to be a new dish that is only served at Treasures Yi Dian Xin as well. While the wraps are crispy and well stuffed with fresh prawns, there was only an elusive hint of wasabi running through each piece which barely hits the point before the numbing sensation starts to kick off. We were also wondering if they had missed out the mayonnaise dip when they served it to us; we did not receive any mayonnaise dip on the side nor it seemed to be inside the wraps at all.
The Steamed BBQ Pork Bun is one of the few dishes that regular Imperial Treasure patrons would find very familiar. The Char Siew fillings come in small chunks while coated in a sweet honey glaze yet carrying a subtly savoury flavour, it comes all in a bun that is all fluffy and pillowy soft with the right moistness. These come at $3.20 for two at Treasures Yi Dian Xin by Imperial Treasure, but this is priced at $3.50 for 3 at the other Imperial Treasure dining concepts.
We thought that the Steamed Prawn Dumpling “Har Gow” is one of the better dishes we have had here. Fresh, plump prawns in a translucent skin, the skin was of the right thickness without being all clumpy and sticking to one another, giving it just an ample chew to get into the prawns within.
A usual favourite that we would order in dimsum restaurant, the Pan Fried Carrot Cake is pretty decent. Coming with a crusty exterior, it compliments the soft interior that comes with bits of Chinese lupcheong for a tinge of savoury flavour. Unlike other carrot cakes which usually comes with a fibrous interior, the carrot cake here comes with thick strips of radish within for a little bite.
Another classic dimsum, the Steamed Pork Dumpling “Siew Mai” is executed rather well here. It comes slightly smaller-sized than the ones served at other dimsum restaurants, but it sure does pack a good meaty bite without traces of fatty meat that makes it too chewy.
Decided to get something sweet for dessert and went for the Mango Custard Mochi. While the insides of the mochi are filled with sweet and tangy mango custard, the exterior of the Mochi might not appeal to all; soft to the bite, it does come clean to eat without being sticky and ending up all over the teeth, but it felt as though it was missing that tension that makes it a mochi. Probably something that may appeal to some, but not necessarily to all.
Treasures Yi Dian Xin by Imperial Treasure is a good attempt by the Imperial Treasure group for an all-day dimsum concept especially with a strategic location along the shopping belt of Orchard Road to attract taitais looking for a good tea-time eat after an afternoon of shopping. Food quality is pretty much on par with the other Imperial Treasures dining concepts, though we particularly are not fans of the smaller portions with a higher price tag. Service here also seems a little haphazard with little care done to the dishes when transported around; most of our dimsum came to the table with the items placed all on a single side on the edge of the steamer which made the already small dimsum appear even more visually smaller which is something they should look into given the standard of other Imperial Treasure dining concepts. I guess I would not be rushing to return to Treasures Yi Dian Xin personally, and perhaps would prefer dining at other Imperial Treasure dining concepts for their dimsum especially for the items that we have ordered, but this could be a convenient spot to get a dimsum fix with your folks within town if you must try the items that are exclusive to this particular dining concept of theirs.
Treasures Yi Dian Xin by Imperial Treasure
290 Orchard Road
Web Page: http://www.imperialtreasure.com/en/treasures-yi-dian-xin
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