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February 7, 2011

Yuen Garden Dim Sum House @ SS2

Dim sum is often a weekend ritual for families. For me, I go for dim sum anytime I feel like having it. Weekends are usually a no-no, as I cannot stand waiting for tables/people waiting by my table just for some siew mai and har kau. This of course, does not apply to dim sum at hotels and higher-end restaurants — I only wish my wallet is as huge as my appetite.

rif and I chanced upon Yuen Garden Dim Sum House when we initially planned to try another restaurant a few doors away. That restaurant was closedso we decided to have dim sum instead. Yuen wasn’t very crowded that weekend and I reckon it’s because a lot of people were still out of town.

Once seated, the staff came around with pushcarts of steamed and fried dim sum items and we chose what we wanted. The siew mai although decent, were clumped together and rather small in size.

I was not very pleased with the har kau as they were poorly made. One of the dumpling’s skin was broken and they were miniscule — a kid could finish a piece in a single bite. The prawns were decent, but not the freshest I’ve eaten.

The spicy prawn dumplings would have been delicious, if it weren’t for the slightly chewy skin. They were probably left outside for too long, hence the outcome.

The prawn roll was freshly fried, boasting a crunchy exterior and a succulent prawn paste filling. This went well with a dip of mayonnaise.

The same couldn’t be said about the stuffed brinjal. Presentation was pathetic; the brinjal pieces were literally plonked on a plate and carelessly topped with brown gravy. This tasted bland and I was utterly disappointed.

Another letdown was the char siew pao. The char siew filling was unevenly distributed and it leaked from the bottom of the pao during the steaming process. There was about 3cm of pao skin on top and 2mm of pao skin at the bottom. The filling was poorly seasoned, so the “old char siew” taste was quite pronounced.

Poorly made

I almost laughed at the sight of the fried carrot cake — it looked like fried beansprouts to me. I counted six pieces of carrot cake cubes, bits of egg, garlic and scallion. The rest were beansprouts. This was oily and a tad salty.

Fried carrot cake, or fried beansprouts?

There are certain things I cannot and will not tolerate when it comes to dining out. That includes poor service and hidden charges. At Yuen Dim Sum, it was the hidden charges. Our lunch cost RM34.70, but we were charged RM39.90 (extra 15%). When I asked what this 15% was for, the staff said it was their “CNY charges”.

Spot the extra charge!


That’s total bullshit to me. How can a restaurant open for business during CNY and charge their customers 15% extra for that? There was no notice on the wall informing customers of the additional 15% charge. Many of them were pissed off and I felt the same way. It may only be RM5.20, but to me, it was daylight robbery. I wonder how do these people sleep at night…

Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 5.5/10
Food: 4/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: The food was below average and the restaurant’s sneaky way of including the 15% extra charge eradicated any intention of revisiting for me.

No. 58 & 58-1,
Jalan SS2/24,
47300 Petaling Jaya
03 7873 5655
Business Hours: 6am-11pm

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8 Responses

  1. CUMI & CIKI

    Great shots woman. the food looks delicious! Gong Xi Fa Chai! Happy New Year to you and family:)

  2. Fui

    Yes, couldn't agree with u more on their food! Imagine paying extra for the food and yet it SUCKS!!!! I had the char siew pau on saturday morning and like what u mention, there's this taste of an old char siew! I wonder how can the shop be so crowded over the weekend, does it mean that there's no better dim sum avail at SS2?? But they can always go to Sea Park, or Tmn Megah or even D'sara for more decent dim sum!!

  3. "Joe" who is constantly craving

    thats sneaky but if they specifically mention on the walls, u had the choice not to sit down i guess.. aust is the same, we have public holiday surcharge, like 2 bucks extra per pax.

    after eating aust huge pieces of dim sum, i actually long for normal sized ones like the pictures!

  4. marcky

    I would have outright refused to pay the 15% and demand that they adjust the bill, just to create difficulty and see how they are gonna force me. It's illegal without any signage or notice anywhere, so they can't even be nasty back by calling the cops. Then I'd just walk off if they refused.

    Yes, I'm really nasty.

  5. Sean

    yikes! a few places in puchong were also charging an extra fee, but i figured it was sorta OK, since they have to pay their staff overtime to work during the holidays. and we were just grateful that they were open anyway, heheh :D

  6. KY

    been to this place once, food wasn't at all impressive, stopped going since.

    extra charge is just urgh

  7. Bangsar-bAbE

    KY – Yeah, the extra charge ruined my mood for the day. >_<

    Sean – LOL, you're too nice la…

    Marcky – You should be my bodyguard! ;)

    Joe – I want huge dim sum…let's trade. Hahaha…

    Fui – I'm sticking to my regular places in future. No more Yuen!

    Cumi & Ciki – Happy CNY to you too!

  8. Jason S. Ganesan

    I just ate here, and the food is great. Clearly you have no idea what you’re talking about. Idiot.

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