Singapore Eats: Victor’s Kitchen Dim Sum @ Bencoolen St

When I was back in Singapore, my mum told me that she heard of a good dim sum place in Sunshine Plaza. Sunshine Plaza? Isn’t that the building with lots of printers? Yes it is, but apparently there is good dim sum there too, which was kinda out of place. Anyway, one Saturday morning, we trudged all the way to Sunshine Plaza and stood in line at Victor’s Kitchen for a very very long time. As you can see from the shopface, they have won a ton of awards, and are well prepared for lines. We waited for about 35 minutes for a table for 6!

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The shopfront. I have no idea what Regal Restaurant Group is about.

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Queen Siew Mai – $4.50: Large, juicy and filled with pork! These were really really good, and the texture was slightly crunchy, which I like! Slightly salty for me, but not unbearable. I don’t know why they called it ‘Queen’ Siew Mai. It is just like regular siew mais, other than the price! For $4.50, it was more expensive than your regular coffee shop siew mai, and I am not quite sure if it’s worth the price tag.

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The feast! Thanks mum!

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Prawn Cheong Fun – $4: The skin was really really smooth, and there were two shrimps per roll. The rolls were much smaller than regular rolls (about 2/3 of the length!) I would have been happier if they were full-sized, but they were well made and tasted fresh.

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Steamed Wine Chicken with Wolfberry and Rice – $4: This was quite good too, but the portion was tiny for $4! It was like a very very small soup bowl with mostly rice and some chicken. Yes, chicken, wine and wolfberries are expensive, but not that expensive lah! The chicken was marinated well and had a rather faint aroma of cooking oil. Lots of fatty bits and bones that you had to pull away. At best, you had a tablespoon of edible chicken. Good, but too expensive!

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Hong Kong Ice Tea – $3: Tasted very sweet, but it was indeed milky! I would have liked it to be less sweet. Some tea leaves flavor, which was good and different from other places.

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Char Siew Bun – $4.50 for 2: These were so good! The bao dough was very soft and fluffy. A tad sweet, but I liked it. The filling was plentiful and rather sweet as well. Looks big in the basket, but it was rather small!

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Liu Sha Bao – $4.50 for 3: These are what people come here to eat, They are so good! The egg yolk was just running/streaming out of the buns! I could have eaten all three of these. Good job on these, Victor! Probably the best Liu Sha Baos I’ve had in Singapore.

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This is what the insides of the Liu Sha Bao looks like!

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Boat Porridge – $4: Watery porridge with all the usual fixin’s of Boat Porridge. Boat Porridge is my favorite porridge, but this one is not as good as the one at Crystal Jade! The rice is too watery!

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Steamed Carrot Cake – $4.50: This is a different style of carrot cake from what I’m used to, but it was good. Generous with dried shrimp and Chinese sausage bits, which explains the price. It doesn’t look very appealing because of the dark sauce on it, but the sauce was quite flavorful. A tad salty (seems to be the common trend in this restaurant), but quite good!

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Phoenix’s Claws – $4: Yum! My favorite dim sum dish of all time! These ones were good. Couldn’t even get a picture of it before it got attacked. Sweet, salty and umami (from the black beans) all in one. Yummy!

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Prawn Dumplings (Har Gao) – $5 for 4: Fresh har gao! The skins were very soft and delicate, which is not something very common around here. Expensive, but well worth it. I wish the prawns were whole, but these were chopped up prawns instead. Very good!

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Char Siew Cheong Fun – $4: Same as the prawn rolls. The rolls were very short. The char siew inside was not very tasty. Tastes like supermarket char siew. I would skip this and get the shrimp one. It is much tastier and better value.

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Steamed Spare Ribs with Bean Sauce – $3: These were quite good too! I love me my steamed spare ribs, and these ones tasted like the ones I usually have, except with a stronger wine smell. I don’t mind it! Good!

Victor’s does have good dim sum, if you can wait that long, and if you’d like to spend a pretty penny. It came up to about $20+ per person, since each dish was $4 on average, and the portions were rather small. The liu sha baos were definitely a hit, and the har gaos were really good too. Good spot for dim sum!

Victor’s Kitchen

Address: 91 Bencoolen Street
#01-21, Sunshine Plaza
Singapore 189652
Telephone: +65 9838 2851
Hours: Daily | 10.30am – 8.30pm
Price Range: $$$ ($20 to $30 per person)
Overall: Good!

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