Dim sum @ Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant

June 6, 2017 in Chinese by thywhaleliciousfay

A few weeks back, a friend asked for my opinion on Wah Lok’s dim sum. And I was embarrassed to reply with “I haven’t been to Wah Lok yet.” Chinese cuisine isn’t on the top of my list lah.

But with my friend’s text, I thought it would be a good idea to have dim sum with my family. Thus, reservation was made for a Saturday morning via email. And yes, I realised too that I would opt for email whenever I can in making my reservation. Keke. While making the reservation, I was informed there was 2 seatings. And it’s no surprise that we opted for the 2nd timing of 12.45pm to 2.30pm.

On the day of our dim sum breakfast lunch, we reached 5 minutes before our 12.45pm reservation time. As the staff led us to our table, I noticed there were 2 awkwardly arranged tables near the entrance. I certainly was glad we weren’t assigned to those tables. The importance of making reservation. My family and I were led to the ballroom rotunda which had a cascading chandelier as the feature piece. With the restaurant’s high ceiling and contemporary interior, we were off to a very good start. Felt very atas. Haha. And I loved how the floor-to-ceiling windows let in an abundance of natural light.

And from the dim sum menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4), we ordered:-

1) 上海小笼包, $7.20 (above) – Steamed Shanghainese dumplings.

2) 赛螃蟹海鲜饺, $7.20 (above) – Steamed crab meat & egg white dumpling.

3) 川椒蒸凤爪, $5.40 (above) – Steamed chicken feet with chilli.

4) 肠粉, $7.50 per serving (above) – Steamed cheong fan (barbecued pork).

5) 肠粉, $7.50 per serving (above) – Steamed cheong fan (dough fritter). And yes, my brother ate before I could take a picture. Haha. But I must add that it’s amazing how the dough fritter remained crispy even though we took our time to finish this dish.

6) 黄金流沙包, $5.40 (above) – Steamed custard & egg yolk bun.

7) 鲍鱼鸡粒批, $9 (3 pieces) (above) – Baked diced abalone & chicken pie. And yes, the restaurant was flexible to allow us to order 5 pieces (since there were 5 of us). And this was really good. A must order.

8) 焗菠萝叉烧包, $5.70 (3 pieces) (above) – Baked barbecued pork bun. And when we were placing our order, we originally ordered the steamed buns. And thankfully the staff highlighted to us that there were 2 versions; Baked and steamed. Since we had a steamed bun order (dish 6), we changed our order to baked barbecued pork bun. And we were so thankful to the staff cause we could have missed out on a very good dish. This is a definite must order.

9) 鲜荷珍珠鸡, $7.20 (above) – Steamed glutinous rice wrapped with lotus leaf.


10) 北京片皮鸭, $40 (half) (above) – Peking duck. In addition to our dim sum items, we decided to order the Peking duck from the a-la carte menu. And for the meat, we chose to have it fried with noodles (additional $10).

11) 芝麻豆腐花, $6 (above) – Homemade soya beancurd & sesame cream.

12) 青萍果菊冻, $6 (above) – Chilled green apple jelly with chrysanthemum.

13) Chinese tea, $2 per person

My family and I were very impressed with the entire dining experience. Almost every dish had me nodding in agreement that food was great. Service was impeccable too. Our cups were never once empty. The staff even changed our plates twice! In fact, after the staff got our first go-ahead to get us a pie each (dish #7), she automatically ordered in 5s for dishes which only come in 3s. Like the 上海小笼包. So if one is ordering a dish which not everyone at the table may eat, one should let the staff know.

And it’s a bonus that we (children) didn’t have to dig deep into our wallets/purses for the wonderful lunch. Who said good food have to be expensive. Keke.

Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant? I highly recommend!

76 Bras Basah Rd, Carlton Hotel, Level 2, Singapore
6311 8188, Website, Facebook
Overall: 8
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Sat : 11:30 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 8
Sun : 11:00 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Value: 8
Mon – Sun : 18:30 – 22:30 (Dinner)
Service: 8