Victor's Kitchen Chinatown Point

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This happened after one of my gigs at Teck Ghee Community Club when we were all hungry and tired by the time we packed up and returned to Rhythm & Wave, so Kim treated Rina and me to a light early dinner (or tea?) at Victor's Kitchen, which is situated right opposite the school at Chinatown Point. I was not aware of how famous Victor's Kitchen supposedly is, and only learnt from Rina during this visit that the chief chef was previously a chef in a five-star hotel in Hong Kong before he moved to Singapore and Victor's Kitchen is said to serve the "Best Custard Buns in Singapore".

That was enough for me to decide that Victor's Kitchen is where we were going. I don't really care where the chef is from, what he did or what he was. The words "Best Custard Buns" were sufficient to catch all of my attention. After all, how can a die-hard Custard Bun fan not have tasted the best?


Victor's King Prawn Dumplings | $5.20 for 3

First up was the Victor's King Prawn Dumplings. I thought how they named their dishes was weird. But when their dishes arrive, I could totally understand why these were KING Prawn Dumplilngs. The prawns were really king-sized. The skin was thin and so crystal clear that you can see the luscious prawn fillings inside and would not be able to wait to sink your teeth in. This was truly superb.


Chicken and Sausage in Glutinous Rice | $5.80

Not the cheapest glutinous rice you can find in the dim sum market but certainly one of the best. I did not have any intentions to eat this when one of us ordered it, and I changed my mind the moment it arrived because it smelled heavenly even when it was still nicely wrapped up like a little present. The rice was soft and well-prepared, and the chicken was plentiful, very tender and delicious.


Xiao Long Bao | $5.20 for 3

I was not expecting to see Xiao Long Bao here but since it was, there is no harm to give it a try. Or was there? Compared to the other dishes, the Xiao Long Bao was rather so-so. I personally thought the skin was too thick and there was not much broth inside. You know you are not satisfied when you end up finishing the ginger and vinegar mix to try to make up for the insufficiency. Will skip this if there is a next time.


Golden Egg Yolk Lava Bun | $4.80 for 3

Finally, the long-awaited custard buns. To be honest, perhaps I had too high an expectation but I didn't think the custard buns here are in any way superior than what many other dim sum places offer. True, the golden egg yolk was flowy like lava and the bun was soft and light but that was it. Tasty and satisfying no doubt, but there was nothing truly special that sets them apart from their competition.


Crispy Golden Shrimp Rolls | $4.80
Deep Fried Shrimp Dumplings | $5.20 for 3

You can see I am dining with two shrimp-loving people lol, although it turned out to be good considering how the Crispy Golden Shrimp Rolls and Deep Fried Shrimp Dumplings fared way better than the Xiao Long Bao or Golden Egg Yolk Lava Bun. Although both were deep-fried, they were not as oily as one would expect and the filling was scrumptious and juicy. Both taste great with the accompanying sauce and on their own.


Double-Boiled Egg White with Fresh Milk and Almond Juice | $4.80

I really wanted Mango Sago and Pomelo for dessert but it was so out, so I ordered this instead (these were the few desserts available). I was pleasantly surprised at how good this turned out on my first bite, though as I dug deeper into the bowl, the texture was not as smooth as it was on the top and begins to get a little powdery and too thick in flavour. A little more consistency would have went a long way.


H.K. Summer Iced Ying Yang | $3.20

What an ingenious to cool the drink without diluting it with ice. This mixture of coffee and tea tastes great too, though a little overpriced I would say.


Egg Tarts | $4.70 for 2

We were almost done with our food when the staff came over to our table and ask if we would like to have some of the egg tarts that they have just freshly baked. She tried to convince us how nice the egg tarts are and we bought it -- the story and the tarts.

It was piping hot when delivered to our table and while it may look normal, the taste was truly extraordinary. The crust was crisp and fragrant, and the custard had a jelly-like texture so much so that it literally melts in your mouth. For one who has always preferred Portuguese egg tarts, this might make me reconsider my belief. Not sure how they charged us for 3 though since it was $4.70 for 2 on the order chit.

Victor's Kitchen Chinatown Point
133 New Bridge Road
#01-33 Chinatown Point
Singapore 059413
Opening Hours: 10.30 am to 8 pm

There were certainly some hits and misses but in overall, Victor's Kitchen is for sure one of the better places to go to when you have a craving for dim sum to satisfy. On the other hand, while the restaurant is conveniently located near the exit of the downtown line, the items here are without a doubt pricier than what you pay for perhaps just a street down, considering the fact that you are in Chinatown where there are many other dim sum alternatives around. One thing to note though, Victor's Kitchen only accepts cash so remember to visit the ATM machine before going in.

Still in search of the best custard bun,
Yvette

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