Dim sum @ Spring Court

September 2, 2016 in Chinese by thywhaleliciousfay

It was one of those days when my friends and I happened to walk past Spring Court and my friend exclaimed “This is the famous popiah place.”

Famous? Popiah? Spring Court? But, but… It was my first (time) hearing of them. How can! So when my (bigger group) of girlfriends decided to meet up, I just had to suggest having dim sum at Spring Court. =p And with that, a phone call was made to reserve for 10 people on a Sunday.

And getting to Spring Court by public transport was relatively easy and straight forward. It’s a 5 minutes walk from Chinatown MRT station.

As taken from their website, Spring Court started way back in 1929. Although they have relocated a few times before finally settling at the current Chinatown location in 2005, one could tell they chose to keep their traditional Chinese restaurant decor. Which frankly, I preferred it this way. It’s nice to enjoy our dim sum in a nostalgic setting. It teleports one to another time dimension. No? If only they had push carts. Ha.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13), we ordered:-

1) Prawn dumplings (ha gow), $5.80 (above) – This was really good. Although the skin could be thinner, this was simply a joy to bite into as each dumpling contained 2 succulent prawns! Yum.

2) Pork dumplings (siew mai), $5.20 (above)

3) Deep-fried pumpkin dumplings, $4.50 (above) – This was pretty good! I would imagine gluttonous rice flour was used as the skin of the dumpling was chewy.


4) Crispy chili crab buns, $5.80 (above) – Wasn’t too impressed with this. The filling within was a little dry. Could have used with more sauce within.

5) Sesame red bean balls, $3.80 (above) – A must order.

6) Custard buns with salted egg, $4.20 (above)

7) BBQ pork buns, $4.20 (above)

8) Mini egg tarts, $3.80 (above) – This was not on the menu. 1 of my girlfriend really wanted egg tart, so we checked with the staff if they happened to have any. And the staff surprised us with a “yes”! So I guess it’s a lesson learnt that it doesn’t hurt to ask. =p And these were not too bad.

9) Steamed beancurd rolls, $4.50 (above)

10) Phoenix claws with bean sauce, $4.20 (above) – I didn’t really like this. It was too heavily coated with the sauce. Or was I not used to the meatier claws. Hmm…

11) Glutinous rice with lotus leaf, $4.20 (above)

12) BBQ pork rice flour rolls, $5.80 (above)

13) Stir-fried carrot cake with XO sauce, $5.80 (above) – And judging how the carrot cake was served, one could tell the chef portioned it with a bowl. So yes, this was one bowl worth of carrot cake. Haha. And this was really good. I like that the pieces was big! Unlike the smaller pieces which we normally get from hawker centre. A must order.

14) Spring court crab meat popiah, $7.50 (above) – Unfortunately, I didn’t like the popiah. It was too huge such that the ratio of filling to popiah skin was very non-proportionate. And because it’s so huge, one can’t fit an entire slice into one’s mouth to enjoy an explosion of flavours.

15) Yam ring with prawns, $32 (L) (above) – This was good. The yam ring was executed well since that it was crispy on the exterior, and soft and mushy within.

16) Roasted peking duck served in 2 ways:-

(A) Crispy skin rolled in pancake (above)

(B) Meat fried with ginger & spring onion (above) – The duck meat was a little gummy. We didn’t really like this.

17) Panfried thin noodles with seafood, $38 (L) (above)

18) Beancurd, Complimentary (above) – And there was an ongoing promotion where we would be entitled to free desserts if we followed Spring Court on their instagram. So yes, that instantly brought out the auntie within us. Haha. And this was really good! I am surprised this isn’t on their menu. The bean curd was very light on the palette. I could have easily finished 3 bowls on my own. A must try!

19) Red bean soup, Complimentary (above) – And this would be another ask-and-one-may-be given case. While getting all excited about the complimentary desserts we would be getting, 1 of my girlfriend asked if they had red bean soup. To which the manager said he could get her a bowl. And again, this was pretty good!

20) Sweet yam paste with gingko nuts, $22 (S) (above)

21) Red bean pancake, Complimentary (above) – Similarly, we were entitled to a complimentary pancake because we liked their Facebook page! Haha. And oddly, this was not on their menu too. Hmm…

Will I recommend Spring Court? Well… The food didn’t exactly knock me off my feet and service was a little slow. The restaurant saw a constant stream of customers, and it was difficult to get the staff’s attention when we wanted to order more food.

That said, my girlfriends and I enjoyed a pretty decent meal of dim sum. We were eating so much that we sat that for a full 3 hours. Haha. We probably witness 2 turn overs? And coming in group of 3 would be the best since the dishes were served in 3s with the exception of a few.

52-56 Upper Cross Street, Singapore
6449 5030, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 11:00 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 6
Mon – Sun : 18:00 – 22:00 (Dinner)
Value: 7
Service: 6