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Exactly one week after my visit to Su Korean Cuisine near Jurong Bird Park, I went back to The Village for brunch with my special guest star of the day. As the both of us haven’t had dim sum in a long long time, I thought that this would be a good opportunity! We went there on Mothers’ Day and it was really crowded, which came as a surprise to me given its somewhat deserted location. But then again, it’s Mothers’ Day. Thank goodness I made reservations the day before!
It is not my first time at Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant. I have been there for their seafood as well as dim sum, on separate occasions of course :P I suppose ‘dim sum by day, seafood by night’ would be an apt description here.
Before I proceed, I sincerely apologize for the photos. The lighting in the restaurant was quite yellowish and I struggled with my camera settings before giving up altogether because it’s not nice to make hungry people wait right? Hehe. Also, the presentation of the food was kind of a let-down that day but I believe it was because there were more people than before to cater to. Anyway, please carry on reading because I will tell you why Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant is worth a visit! :D
Mention dim sum , and inevitably, har gau and siew mai would flash across my mind. For others, it could be char siew bao, chee cheong fun, lo mai gai etc. The har gau or Steamed Shrimp Dumpling (4 for $3.80) is best eaten hot, when the thin translucent skin is soft. I always get a kick out of eating shrimps that are succulent and crunchy.
Har Gau and Siew Mai always go hand in hand. I have been eating dim sum since I was a little girl, and they are the first things that my mum would order every single time. The original Cantonese Siew Mai is usually made out of pork and mushroom, but the Steamed Siew Mai (4 for $3.80) has fish roes on top, which I think is a fairly common sight these days. I believe it will still taste as good, even without the fish roes!
Ahhh.. And now, the Steamed Chicken Claw ($3.20) or better known as Feng Zhua. Many people struggle with this term and out comes Feng Jeow instead, which translates to chicken leg. People who have little or no experience in eating this might be horrified with the number of tiny bones that can be found. I think…..you need to be a good french kisser to be able to wipe this dish clean, only leaving the bones behind :P Jokes aside.. This is one of my favorite dim sum dishes and is always in my request list when dining with my family. The chicken feet is marinated in black bean sauce and is slightly spicy at the same time. I only have one word for it, Shiok.
I absolutely love Xiao Long Bao! I shall not reveal how many I can eat in one go, and that’s because I have not eaten at any of the Xiao Long Bao buffets. Not a good idea to become one yourself right? Haha! I swore our faces fell when the Steamed Shanghai Dumpling (3 for $3.20) came. Just as I had mentioned, there were some issues with presentation that day. The dumplings looked flattened. But I would still order this anywhere and everywhere if it is available!
To prove our love for meat dumplings, we ordered the pan-fried version as well. However, the Pan-fried Dumpling with Minced Meat (3 for $3.20) was too oily for our liking. The steamed version is still a much better choice!
Desserts anyone? The Baked Mini Egg Tarts (3 for $3.20) are surprisingly good. I have never thought much about egg tarts but I liked these because of their soft, smooth and flaky crust.
If you have a sweet tooth like me, you would probably enjoy these Banana Ball with Red Bean Paste (3 for $3.80). Each of them is deep fried, with a smooth blend of piping hot banana and red bean paste in it. They would probably taste better if they weren’t that hard.
We didn’t how Steamed Pumpkin Dumplings (3 for $3.20) look like (rather than taste like) so we ordered this out of curiosity. Imagine making mini Jack-o-laterns out of them! Cute right? :) Actually they taste like green bean paste ang ku kueh! Just too cute to be eaten.
And now, for the good news! For those of you who don’t already know, there is an awesome promotion at Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant for its dim sum dishes! 50% off from Mondays to Saturdays and 40% off on Sundays and Public Holidays (it used to be 30%)! So, hurray! And I don’t suppose you need to hurry down because this promotion seems to be permanent :)
Mon to Sun and Public Holiday
11.30am – 2.30pm
5.30pm – 10.30pm
Isn’t it amazing how much impact globalization has on our lives? My parents are actually influenced by watching tons of Korean soaps and have come to love Korean food! :P I used to watch them over the long holidays and it’s time to do so once again! My previous two visits to Su Korean Cuisine were at Far East Plaza. This time round, my family and I decided to go to the one at The Village, along Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim (near Jurong Bird Park!)
We were given eight different appetizers. Even though there were four of us, it’s really a lot. Of course, I’d strongly advise you to tackle the kimchi first. It’s a must-try. Both sour and spicy, even if you don’t like it, you really have to have at least a mouthful of it. :P Psst! Best of all, the appetizers are FOC. (Are you a Singaporean?)
If you don’t wish to get out of the restaurant smelling like you just had a massive BBQ party or something, they have this wonderful option of having the chef barbeque the food for you! We chose the BBQ Pork ($16) and it was served with a generous serving of lettuce.
As observed in most Korean dramas, wrapping the meat with lettuce and then popping it whole into one’s mouth is a popular way of eating Korean barbecue. If you have OCD (I suspect I have a mild case), you can always pick everything up with a pair of chopsticks instead of using your hands. :D
Wheeee! This this this is my favorite of the lot! If you have watched Goong (Princess Hours), then the Rice Flour Cake ($15) shouldn’t be something new to you! Like the kimchi, it is also sour and spicy but it has a little sweetness to it as well. The texture of the flour cake is chewy yet firm. I really like this dish a lot but it is meant for sharing. If not, I’d have……….
I was surprised upon my first mouthful of the Seafood Pancake ($15) because it tasted like roti prata! I mentioned this to my mum and she agreed with me. But this is a less oily version and expensive too. Haha! Ok the seafood in it explains it all. Another must-order dish!
Yeah like I said, you really have to give kimchi a try if you haven’t done so. I don’t wanna sound like a naggy old woman, but this is the Spicy Kimchi Soup ($14). Lots of veggies and tofu in it.
I think ordering two soup dishes is pure madness but I’d recommend the Ginseng Chicken Soup ($25) to be shared among a group of people.
Really healthy stuff. The rice is stuffed into the chicken.
I’m not entirely sure about this but I reckon that the Rice in Stone Cattle ($16), or more fondly known as bibimbap, ‘claimed to fame’ when the two leads in Full House eat it out of a metal pot fairly frequently in the drama. It is also cost-saving as whatever leftovers from the previous meal such as meat, veggies and rice are thrown in together and mixed before eating.
If only I had known that my parents would be ordering so much food.. But anyway, I have always loved noodles so I’m not really complaining. The Spicy Cold Noodle ($16) is something different because it is eaten cold! I’m very sure that the noodles are definitely not your ordinary tang hoon noodles, but sweet potato starch noodles. There is something about this type of noodles that stands out because of its texture. You have to try it for yourself!
My mum kinda insisted that we all share dessert even though we were extremely full. Haha. Too full to smile, hence this photo would suffice :P
The Fruti Apple ($8.90) looked too cute to be eaten. The pulp of fresh apple is made into gelato and the outer hard covering is actually milk chocolate and is hand painted!
All in all, it is just ice cream but we were delighted to find a dark chocolate ball which was supposed to be the ‘core’ of the apple. Really cute :)
Mon to Sun
11am – 10pm