It’s no secret that Swee Choon Dim Sum is an institution in Singapore. Those late-night supper munchies are not complete without a visit to Swee Choon at the ripe ol’ time of 2am for a serving of siew mai and xiao long bao. We even love Swee Choon Dim Sum so much, we even did an entire showdown on them, and it’s no surprise who came out on top.
If you thought you couldn’t love Swee Choon anymore, hold on, the good times keep on rolling. Swee Choon now has an online store on the shopping paradise of Qoo10—truly, music to my ears and stomach. You can now truly get anything and everything on Qoo10.
As ardent fans of Swee Choon, we had a first-hand look at some of their bestsellers to see how they measure up. The great thing about ordering from the Swee Choon’s online store is that all these delectable servings of dim sum come freshly made and vacuum-sealed.
Plus, with the easy instructions on how to prepare them, you’ll be having your own yum cha time in, well, no time.
We start with the classic and quintessential dim sum item: Siew Mai (S$15.20 for 12 pieces). A stalwart at the dim sum table, can you really say you’re having dim sum if you don’t have a plate of siew mai on your table?
All you need to do is leave the Siew Mai packet to thaw in your chiller either overnight or for a couple of hours and pop a couple of them into a steamer for five minutes. These tightly packed yellow parcels with minced pork and prawn always serve as a good barometer for the rest of the dim sum.
I was pretty impressed with the freshness of the minced pork and prawn mixture. Well-seasoned and springy, I was kicking myself that I only made two measly pieces.
A constant companion to Siew Mai and trusty partner-in-crime is the ever delicate Har Kow (S$16.10 for ten pieces). While the har kow is one of the most common items you’ll find in bamboo steamer baskets, they are also the hardest to get right.
The skin is either too thick or so flimsy they barely hold the prawn in. Other times, the prawn is either too mushy or too paltry a serving; it’s a tough balancing act for sure.
For one, Swee Choon’s Har Kow had that coveted thin but elastic translucent skin encasing a bouncy, blushing prawn. A rather sizeable portion, this Har Kow checked all the boxes.
Another staple at the dim sum table would have to be Shanghai Xiao Long Bao (S$13.80 for 12 pieces). You know the one, filled with a tantalising warm soup that is always about to spillover at the slightest nudge from your chopsticks.
The best thing about this pack of Shanghai Xiao Long Bao is that all the heavy lifting has been done for you. All you have to do is to put some parchment paper and steam these babies up for five minutes. The skin is not as gossamer-thin as I would have liked but had an immensely flavourful pork filling.
A somewhat underrated dim sum item that should be on everyone’s list is the Chive Pork Dumpling (S$11.50 for 10 pieces). A winning and undeniable combination of minced pork and chives, all you need to do is to drop them in boiling water and voila—dumplings! Usually, I like to pair these dumplings with noodles, but they go with anything your heart desires.
A rather indulgent number and a favourite of mine during dim sum Sundays is Carrot Cake (S$6.90 for five pieces). Well, we all know that there are no actual carrots in this Carrot Cake but grated turnips instead. Together with dried shrimps and Chinese sausages, the Carrot Cake is a savoury, scrumptious slab that I can’t help but polish off every time I see it.
Crispy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth tender on the inside, it appears that all diets have to go out the window when you’re having a bite of this Carrot Cake. Not to mention, all it needs is eight minutes in the air fryer, and you’ll never want anything more.
Another special mention has to go out to one of Swee Choon’s specialities, their Swee Choon Mee-Suah Kueh (S$6.90 for five pieces). This fried vermicelli cuboid was perfectly golden out of the air fryer with a crispy top and soft middle complete with dried shrimps and Chinese sausages.
You never knew what you were missing until you had one of these. Similar to the Carrot Cake, all it needs is eight minutes in the air fryer, and that satisfying crunch awaits.
Dim sum time with Swee Choon only gets better, with a minimum purchase of S$50 worth of regularly priced items, you’ll receive a 15% coupon (valid till 6 December 2020). Moreover, you can have these Swee Choon dim sum delivered right to your doorstep for S$5.99, and it’s free delivery with purchases over S$50.
Just a note, the deliveries work on a schedule, so make sure to pick a slot that best suits you. If not, there is a self-pick option at 25 Harper Road, #12-01, from 10am – 5pm every Monday to Wednesday. For those that do intend to pick up their Swee Choon goodies, make sure you drop an email to Swee Choon here at least three days before the day you want to pick up your order.
Either way, you’ll have a whole host of dim sum from Swee Choon at your disposal with Qoo10 and is there anything better than that?
*This post is brought to you in partnership with Qoo10.