Home Food ReviewsCuisineChinese Yun Lai Dim Sum, SS15 Subang Jaya

Nothing like a good dim sum meal on a leisurely weekend! :)

Originally from Johor, Yun Lai specializes in making pau before venturing into the dim sum business. They opened their first outlet in SS15 Subang Jaya a few months ago, selling dim sum, noodles, specialty dishes and of course, pau.



Char siew pau and red ban pau

I got to sample a few of their bestselling pau – red bean, lotus, salted egg custard and char siew – all delicious and worth trying. Brought my in-laws there the following week and they too, enjoyed the pau.


Char siew filling


They grind their own red bean in-house, so it’s smooth and aromatic.


Lotus seed filling

The pau is made using bread flour and the various fillings are made in-house to ensure quality control. While the red bean pau remains a popular choice, I highly recommend the salted egg yolk custard/royal golden bun (RM3.80). The latter is cooked over low heat until the custard mixture becomes thick and buttery – very delicious!


Royal golden bun


Rich, golden centre!

What I like about the pau at Yun Lai is how generous they are with the filling; each bite in hearty and flavourful. For the price, I find them pretty good value for money.


Har kau


Siew mai

Dim sum here is pretty decent, with a few misses here and there. I really enjoyed the prawn dumpling (RM5) as the skin was translucent and adequately thin, while the prawns were juicy and sweet. Siew mai (RM4.80) didn’t fare as well, but the special siew mai (RM4.80) was quite good.


Special siew mai


Chee cheong fun

Chee cheong fun here is prepared Johor style – I tried the char siew and prawns version (RM5 per portion), and preferred the latter. Herbal chicken (RM4.80) was good stuff, made with Chinese rice wine and herbs. I polished off the chicken and drank the broth till the last drop.


Herbal chicken


Vinegar pork

Another bestseller here is the vinegar pork (RM5), which I found tasty, despite not being a fan. The pork was braised till the meat is tender and the fat melts in the mouth, in a stew that was tangy, spicy, sweet and savoury.


Lotus leaf rice


Whole salted egg yolk

Less stellar was the lotus leaf rice (RM4.80). The rice lacked flavour and wasn’t as moist as I expected it to be, partly because they used chicken breast instead of the thigh.


Dry dumpling noodles

Try the dumpling noodles, also made in-house with no kan sui (alkaline water) added in. The noodles were tossed in gravy with lard oil and crunchy pork lard, and served with sui kow. On a second visit, the noodles lacked flavour but this was quickly rectified when I relayed the problem to the staff.


Deep-fried shrimp roll

Deep-fried shrimp roll (RM5) was noteworthy – the beancurd skin was thin and crisp, while the prawn filling was flavourful from the 5-spice seasoning. The century egg meat porridge was made using pork broth and lean minced pork. Not fantastic, but definitely one that would comfort me during rainy days.


Century egg meat porridge


Egg tart (RM3.80 for 2)


Baked char siew pau (RM3.80 for 2)


Deep Fried Yam Char Siew (RM5)

Dim sum isn’t complete if I don’t have fried food items. I went crazy with the honey baked char siew pau, siew pau, yam puff and egg tart. The egg tarts weren’t up to my standard as the pastry base was thick and heavy, while the custard centre was too hard.


Honey Baked Char Siew Su (RM3.80 for 2)


Generous filling

Overall, I find the food quite decent and reasonably priced. I like that the place opens till 5pm, so I can sleep in on a weekend and still go for dim sum. :)

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Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 6.5/10
Food: 7/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Good dim sum that doesn’t dent the wallet.

P1170858Yun Lai Dim Sum
7, Jalan SS 15/4E,
SS15, 47500,
Subang Jaya
Tel: 012-722 5575
Business hours: Mon to Fri, 7am – 4pm. Sat, Sun & Public Holidays, 7am – 5pm.
*closed alternate Mondays

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KY January 15, 2014 - 6:45 pm

now I feel like having pau for breakfast tomorrow.

Bangsar Babe January 16, 2014 - 12:21 am

Hahahaha you and me both. :)

Sally January 18, 2014 - 2:10 pm

Where do you think the dim sup from? Is it frozen or there make it from the kitchen at the back?

Bangsar Babe January 18, 2014 - 7:26 pm

I believe it’s made from the kitchen. You will need to call the shop to inquire further.

heng April 13, 2014 - 3:17 pm

That’s right!. They made from the kitchen. That’s why every body has to be patient of waiting during peak hours.

daisy May 3, 2014 - 12:04 pm

We did not eat any pau, but ordered other steamed dim sum. Good Lord, the quality is barely at par, let alone be termed ‘nice’! First and last visit. if you really wanna have dim sum in Subang area, Tai Thong and G-I-Tang do serve somethinng decent.

wong yoong tet May 14, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Totally agreed with daisy. The dim sum was nothing to shout about, though the tau-sar pau was quite decent.

I Ching July 13, 2014 - 7:37 am

Quite memorable. First time I have left dim sum on the plate.

sidw July 18, 2014 - 1:57 am

hey im coming to Malaysia in august and will be staying in subang what food should i try out

Camy Lai December 17, 2020 - 1:07 pm

Yun Lai has just opened in Anggun Rawang near Aeon Rawang.

The dim sum and mee are generally ok. I like their tau-sau pau and lotus paste pau, they are good.

What aren’t good are the chilli paste and the cut green chilli (have to ask for it or else they won;t give). The green chilli are really bad….limp, tasteless and not crunchy…..they look like they have been wallowing in the vinegary? liquid for months…..

I find Jinn Xuan of Petaling Jaya to be better value. While dim sum on average is about RM5.50, Yun Lai charges extra RM1 for the same item. And tau sau pau is 50 sen extra when it’s RM2 almost everywhere.

I pointed this out to Yun lai on their Facebook page recently. Apparently, they didn’t like the negative but honest comment and deleted it.


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