Dim Sum Haus is a no-frills, old-school dim sum joint just a stone’s throw from Jalan Besar MRT. With stiff competition in the Jalan Besar Area (Swee Choon anyone?), we were keen to see how Dim Sum Haus stacked up.
We were really surprised to see a long queue on Sunday morning even before the restaurant opened at 9am. Thankfully we had a reservation and managed to get in. Ordering was quick and efficient, and food starting arriving almost immediately.
My hands-down favourite item was the Fried Carrot Cake with XO Sauce ($6.70). Each cube of carrot cake was fried till the edges are crisp and coated with an addictive savoury XO sauce and egg mixture. This easily matches up to any XO carrot cake from way more high-end restaurants.
Another specialty here are the Japanese Dumplings ($5.80). These were dumplings with a traditional pork/shrimp filling drenched in the chef’s special soy-vinegar sauce. The sauce was delicious and soaked through each piece of dumpling well.
Dim Sum Haus has a real treat for chee chong fun (steamed rice roll) lovers. Their Steamed Crispy Rice Roll with Shrimp ($5.50) is made with crispy fried shrimp instead of regular shrimp, making for a super satisfying mouthful.
To round out the specials, we also really enjoyed the Baked Salted Egg Custard Bun ($5.90 for 3). Dim Sum Haus’ version has a golden, buttery exterior with a light crunch as you bite into it. This slightly sweet pastry pairs really well with the rich salted egg yolk custard filling.
Well-Loved Classics, Reasonable Prices
Dim Sum Haus also has an extensive menu of all the classics. Here is our take on the ones we tried.
The trusty Siew Mai ($5.10 for 3) is definitely worth ordering. The juicy pork & prawn filling is very nicely done.
The Xiao Long Bao ($4.70 for 3) may not be the cheapest around but were still satisfying. Each bao was well-made with the thin dumpling skin bursting with soupy goodness.
The Steamed Pork Ribs with Yam ($4.30) were really tender and the meat came off the bone easily. Seasoning was also just right and was not too salty.
Dim Sum Haus certainly hit the mark with their Century Egg & Pork Congee ($6.30). The congee had a perfectly smooth texture and was full of ingredients. This portion was also large enough for 2 people to share.
The one dish we felt could be improved on were the Egg Tarts ($4.40 for 3). These were way too small and the pastry was not as buttery or flakey as we hoped for.
Dim Sum Haus is a great place to get your dim sum fix, with great quality at prices that won’t break the bank. While not as high-profile as the other dim sum places in Jalan Besar, it definitely has a strong following from those in the know. Do ensure to make a reservation before you go!
Damage: ~$20 per person
Dim Sum Haus
Address: 57 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208809
Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 11am to 10pm. Sat & Sun 9am to 10pm. Closed on Mondays.