Dim Sum @ Crystal Jade Kitchen (翡翠小厨) Tampines Mall

It’s been a while since I had dim sum in a proper restaurant. I say this because one can get dim sum in kopitiams and food courts but the mass produced fare tasted nothing close to those of an established restaurant’s Hong Kong-styled dim sum.

Crystal Jade Kitchen is one of those establishments that is nearly as good as those from Hong Kong. The pricing is also affordable to most folks. Here’s what I had recently… Dim Sum @ Crystal Jade Kitchen (翡翠小厨) Tampines Mall with Jerry. I must admit we had ordered slightly more than we can finish but I was greedy after a long dry spell from proper Chinese fare.

Crystal Jade Kitchen Dim Sum Lunch

3-Roast Platter.
You can choose from two to three mix and I chose 3 – Pork Belly Char Siu (叉燒), Roast Duck (燒鸭) and Crispy Roast Pork Belly (脆皮燒肉).

Crystal Jade Kitchen Dim Sum Lunch

The Char Siu we had is from the belly which is not the usual cut used in making char siu. This one had more fat ratio and to me that was yummier.

Crystal Jade Kitchen Dim Sum Lunch

Chinese Spinach with 3 Assorted Eggs (上汤苋菜三色蛋).

Crystal Jade Kitchen Dim Sum Lunch

Chee Chap Jook (豬什粥) is pig’s offal (innards) congee.
Again you get to choose the specific pork items/offals you like.
I had the small intestines, liver and pork balls.

Crystal Jade Kitchen Dim Sum Lunch

Lor Mai Kai (糯米鸡) where lor mai 糯米 = glutinous rice and kai/gai 鸡 = chicken, in Cantonese.
Most, if not all, people speak Cantonese in Hong Kong, therefore, we are accustomed to ordering Hong Kong dim sum in Cantonese.

Crystal Jade Kitchen Dim Sum Lunch

Chee Cheong Fun (猪肠粉) is loosely translated as Chee Cheong = “Pig’s Intestine” Fun = “Noodle” or simply put, Rice Noodle Roll.
The name comes from its cylindrical shape that looks like pig’s intestine but there’s no intestine in these.
They can be served plain, with vegetables, fish, youtiao, char siu, etc…
We already had a roast platter so this succulent prawn filling seemed ideal.

Crystal Jade Kitchen Dim Sum Lunch

Siu Mai (烧卖) is pork and shrimp dumplings although there’s more pork than shrimp.
Siu Mai and Har Kow used to be a must-have at every dim sum diners’ table.
These days with more varieties of dim sum and smaller number of diners per table, some of these oldies must-have have to go.
We had to choose between Siu Mai or Har Gow and since we had Chee Cheong Fun with Shrimp, this was the uncontested decision between Jerry and I.

Crystal Jade Kitchen Dim Sum Lunch

Char Siu Sou (叉燒酥) is one of Jerry’s favourites and is a must-order flaky pastry when eating dim sum with him.

Crystal Jade Kitchen Dim Sum Lunch

叉燒酥 Char Siu Sou’s filling is of course, char siu!
The filling is savoury sweet BBQ Pork but in some halal establishments, you can get chicken char siu (not in Crystal Jade though).
The light flaky texture of the puff pastry is achieved by folding two types of dough together – the oil dough and the water dough.
The oil used in the past was lard. I often wondered if Chinese pastry chefs, in general, still use lard or have turned to using shortening.
The high heat produced during baking puffed up the layers (same theory as croissant making) thus the flakiness of this very delicious snack.

Bill for two big eaters :p

Bill for two big eaters.
We had DBS card and was entitled to a 10% discount on food.

My family started dining at Crystal Jade in 1991 at the now defunct Cairnhill Hotel. We were regulars eating there about 4 times a week for many years before they became a restaurant-chain. Throughout the 20 odd years, I have always enjoyed my meals at most of Crystal Jade’s outlets except for the Korean food experience at NEX Serangoon. The food was so so but the service at that outlet was terrible! I haven’t been back since. I know better places for Korean BBQ.

Crystal Jade (翡翠) chain of restaurants has made a name for itself with its Cantonese-style dim sum, congee, noodles, rice dishes, Chinese roast delights and other Cantonese “small eats” specialties. It started with traditional Cantonese and Teochew cuisine but has grown and diversified to include many different kinds of dining and culinary concepts i.e. bakeries, casual and fine dining, northern Chinese specialities, Korean food and in recent years, the C-Jade Viet Café IN located in Bugis.

I got this off their website’s promotions announcement tab so do check out the following to see if it is still available:


Enjoy any two selected dim sum with any beverage at 50% off from 3pm to 5pm on weekdays. Available at Crystal Jade Jiang Nan, all Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao and Crystal Jade Kitchen (except Suntec City & Causeway Point).

You can almost always find a Crystal Jade Kitchen in every shopping mall. That’s how popular or aggressive they are, hahaha…

Happy eating and bonding 🙂

Crystal Jade Kitchen 翡翠小厨
Address: Tampines Mall
4 Tampines Central 5, #B1-11.
Singapore 529510.

Tel: (+65) 6788 0633

See post on the Korean food we had from Crystal Jade:

4 Responses to “Dim Sum @ Crystal Jade Kitchen (翡翠小厨) Tampines Mall”
  1. merb010 says:

    Nice post … taking the great photos for granted …
    Love, hugs and happy dim sum … ME

  2. wingedprisms says:

    YUM! Looks so good! 😀

  3. Lignum Draco says:

    I’m not really a fan of intestines/offal and never order the chicken’s feet. 🙂

    In my youth, I once went to dim sum on my own in a restaurant and finished 15 different dishes. 🙂 🙂 🙂 I tried it again last year but was full after 6 dishes. I’m definitely slowing down. 🙂

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