Dim Sum at Chuai Heng

Although a dim sum breakfast is not rare within the family, having it downtown in KL is. this particular restaurant was recommended to us by a client. there are of course many branches of “Chuai Hengs” in town, but this one was highly praised for its dim sum. it was already quite packed when we arrived.

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We started off with a char siew bun (叉燒餐包), which is a baked soft bun filled with char siew filling and glazed with honey. Also, we had thai style chicken feet (泰式风爪), and braised pig intestines (猪大肠). I quite like the flavour of the chicken feet dish, which was had the right degree of sour and spicy. However, I wished they sliced the chicken feet skin a little more as the pieces were a bit big and felt like it was too much. Our entire family love innards, hence the pig intestines was a big hit with us.

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We also ordered some mini “Bo Lo Bao” or Pineapple buns (菠蘿包) but I didn’t try any of that. It came with some kind of sweet kaya-based filling though. Also tried some honey glazed chicken wings, pig stomach and stir-fried radish cake. The wings were quite nice. The pig stomac was cooked with preserved mustard greens which gave it a slight sourish taste. It was alright I guess.

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Also had the Deep fried shrimp shrimps with mayonnaise (沙律明虾饺), which is a usual choice for us. It was crispy and tasted nice enough.

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I ordered rice congee cooked ala Hong Kong style (艇仔粥), which is a porridge with lots of ingredients such as fish, lean meat, peanuts, cuttlefish etc and mixed with thinly sliced yau char kway and spring onions to get the rich, sweet taste. In Hong Kong, it’s known as the “Boat Congee” (艇仔粥) because it was sold by people on little boats to begin with. Now it’s one of the most common porridge styles in Hong Kong.

Chuai Heng’s version is full with ingredients and I greatly enjoyed every bit of it.

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Another common dish, Shrimp Dumplings (水晶鲜虾饺).

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My uncle’s favourite, steamed minced fish balls (时疏蒸鱼卖). He finished all of them himself because he liked the fresh, bouncy texture so much.

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We had the Shanghai Dragon Buns or Xiao Long Bao (上海小笼包) too. Not spectacular, but comparable to those in Dragon-i or such.

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This was probably one of the more disappointing dishes of the meal, Phoenix Talons (鲜枝竹蒸风爪). A friend I used to eat dim sum with in the past used to like ordering this to ascertain the standards of the dim sum served. His “control dish” as you would have it. He judged the standards of the shop based on this one dish. And if this was the case, Chuai Heng would have failed miserably. It was salty and cold and I had to quickly wash it down with the tea. But luckily, the other dishes more than made up for this.

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The redeemer came in the form of this rice roll. Made with pork and preserved vegetables (梅菜肉肠粉), it was a fresh difference from the usual prawn or char siew rice roll. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

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I normally love ordering the soup dumplings but I know that my aunt can order quite a lot of food so it was best to share with my cousin. The soup dumpling here features shark’s fin and seafood (鱼翅海鲜罐汤饺) and takes about 20 mins to prepare. Apart from the sharks fin, it had a scallop, some fish slices, crabstick etc in it. At RM12 each.

Even though this restaurant is always crowded on days we come for dim sum, I do think that it has some hits and misses with the selection. However our captain was very friendly and knowledgeable which was a plus point. Prices are higher than average as well so be prepared to pay anywhere between RM150 to Rm200 for a family of 5.

Chuai Heng Restaurant (Jalan Bukit Bintang) 翠恒酒家
231, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
W. Persekutuan, KL

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5 Comments »

  1. Dim sum with family is always a great thing. I didn’t know Chuai Heng had dim sum, always thot it was cooked dishes only. Looks interesting.

    epicuriousgirl says: Ah, there always have to be good food during family gatherings. I on the other hand, have never tried any other dishes from Chuai Heng apart from their dim sum.

  2. citygal said

    my fren kept raving about their dim sums..thanks for the review.hehe..will know what to order and what to miss

    epicuriousgirl says: their dim sum is very popular. quite a good crowd always.

  3. Christy said

    I love fishballs and shrimp dumplings too 😀

    epicuriousgirl says: i like most dim sum :p

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