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Halal dim sum, anyone?

Many have commented that Foh San in Ipoh is overrated. I’ve tried the old Foh San as well as the new (and larger) outlet just a few months ago. A friend told me about this new dim sum place called Greentown Dim Sum Café in Greentown Avenue that is halal and supposedly tastier than Foh San and Ming Court.

Three-layer tea and iced white coffee

Despite being the first customers that morning, we had to wait for approximately 15-20 minutes for our dim sum as everything is freshly prepared. The menu comprised more than 30 types of dim sum, noodle and rice dishes – dim sum are priced from RM3.20 onwards. My three-layer tea could have been thicker and more ‘kao’, but rif’s iced white coffee was aromatic and pretty good.

Fried radish cake

The fried radish cake (RM4.20) had crisp edges with a light wok hei flavour. This came with a load of crunchy beansprouts and a good dose of chili. If you’re not too keen on your carrot cake being spicy, ask for the chef to tone down the heat.

Crisp edges

BBQ chicken pau

Barbeque chicken pau (RM3.60) was decent, but hardly memorable. I thought the minced filling was too lean and lacking in fat. The pau however was fluffy yet had a good bite. Disappointing was the har kao/prawn dumpling (RM4.60). The translucent skin was too thick and broke easily.

Minced chicken

Skip the har kau

Chicken siew mai

While the prawn dumpling was a letdown, the chicken siew mai (RM3.60) tasted quite good. I didn’t feel like I was missing out on the pork. We also enjoyed the spinach dumpling (RM3.80) – the green translucent skin was adequately thick with a light flavour from the spinach.

Spinach dumpling

Kau chow dumpling

The kau chow dumpling (RM3.90) was just alright in my opinion. My mother in-law however, found them quite tasty. We also ordered the hive yam puff (RM4.60) and prosperity chicken balls (RM5.20); the latter didn’t look anything like chicken balls. Looks aside, the chicken balls were tasty and went well with the brown sauce provided. I found the yam puff just alright – the filling could have been more moist, but that’s a personal preference.

Yam puff

Chicken ball?

Tasty filling

Steamed beancurd roll

The steamed beancurd roll (RM3.40) took ages to arrive and it wasn’t anything to shout about. Portion was miniscule too. I did enjoy the fried shang mee (RM6.20), similar to the wat tan hor but with a crispier texture.

Tiny portion

Fried shang mee

On a whole, I still prefer Foh San (however overrated) to Greentown. That said, it is a good option for those who want to enjoy halal dim sum. Note that they have a JAKIM halal certificate.

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Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 6/10 (halal)
Verdict: A few misses, but the dim sum was decent in general.

Greentown Dim Sum Cafe
No 10, Persiaran Greentown 4,
Greentown Avenue,
30450 Ipoh.
Tel:05-255 2010, 012-569 8876
Business hours: 8am-9pm (closed Tuesdays)

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Sean June 5, 2012 - 1:03 pm

gosh, it’s been nearly a decade since i last managed to have dim sum in ipoh, during a trip with some former varsity mates. but i guess there’s not too much rush to return _ i suspect that if i live to be 60, ipoh will still be a hub for dim sum! :D

Bangsar Babe June 5, 2012 - 1:59 pm

I think so too. Can’t imagine Ipoh without dim sum! ;)

Simple Person June 6, 2012 - 12:45 am

Well still got tauge chicken hor fun….
N ipoh tambun pomelo…

Bangsar Babe June 6, 2012 - 9:00 am

Yup! Don’t remind me la…my next trip to Ipoh is in 2-3 months only. :(

The Yum List June 5, 2012 - 2:47 pm

I love the fresh bean sprouts in Ipoh. They seem to be fatter and juicier than elsewhere. I keep hearing the reason is the water.

Bangsar Babe June 5, 2012 - 3:06 pm

Yes, it’s definitely the water. Even the hor fun here is silky smooth! :)

Simple Person June 6, 2012 - 12:47 am

That why Ipoh famous of pretty girls…
Coz of the mountain water… Well bangsar girls also pretty too lol…

Bangsar Babe June 6, 2012 - 8:59 am

Hahaha!! Yeah, Ipoh girls are pretty. During pageants, I’m most concerned about them. And Penang girls. :P

Simple Person June 6, 2012 - 12:47 am

Y halal dim sum? Any Muslim customer?

Bangsar Babe June 6, 2012 - 8:58 am

I think got…Muslim people also like to eat Chinese food ma. I’ll be bringing some of my Malay friends here on our next trip to Ipoh. Hehe

Huai Bin June 6, 2012 - 4:50 am

I usually eat at Foh San and it’s the place everyone goes, it’s always packed so a new dim sum place to explore and eat would be nice. Cheers for the recommendation! :)

Bangsar Babe June 6, 2012 - 8:58 am

No prob! :)


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