“What are THESE guys??” I uttered as these morsels strangely reminiscent of mini haystacks was placed before me. No, I wasn’t anywhere unusual – just a dimsum restaurant in Singapore. I know my dimsum, so it was a pleasant surprise to see how this meal was done differently halfway across the world. (Oh, and those are taro fritters, covered in noodles and deep-fried. You guessed correctly, right? I thought so).
While some of the dishes were old hat, other dimsum selections were quite unique:
The prawns above were one of my favorite Singaporean dimsum dishes. Aptly named “cereal prawns,” the prawns are friend until crispy and then topped with crushed “cereal” that is slightly sweet and salty. Curious eater that I am, I wanted to know what kind of cereal. Lucky Charms? Frosted Flakes? Cookie Crisp? I still don’t know the answer, but I’ve got a feeling it’s a lot tamer than I think. Any guesses?
I also enjoyed the pork knuckles and hard boiled egg, stewed in a sweet soy sauce. The meat was fall-off-the-bone tender, with juicy gravy – mmmmm.
I next sampled the prawn-meat wrapped in tofu skin. Gotta give it to them, the Singaporeans really love their prawns!
Clockwise from the left, we’ve got steamed roast pork buns (char siu bow), steamed custard buns, siu mai, and gnor mai gai (rice and meat wrapped in leaves). Deelish!
I love dimsum – the variety of dishes is never-ending. Just when I thought I had seen them all, I travel half way around the world where I get to discover even more snacky goodness.
Have you had dimsum yet? What are you waiting for? 😉
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