December 21, 2011

Dim sum @ Brilliant Chinese Restaurant

I've been really slacking off with blogging lately. It's the holidays, after all! But anyhow, here is a quick post on a recent dim sum meal at Brilliant Chinese Restaurant, near Market Village. No early bird dim sum here, so the atmosphere was a lot more relaxed and less rushed.
Deep fried savoury dumpling had so little colour on them that I questioned whether they've been deep fried properly. Luckily, these tasted better than they looked.
Deep fried taro dumpling arrived cold at the table. We complained and they gave us a second batch, which was even colder than the first. In the end, we just cancelled our order and chose something else. At least the staff was pretty gracious about that.
My favourite dish of the day was the Korean style BBQ beef. I loved the bright and bold flavours, and the meat had just the right amount of fat.
I generally stay away from Chiu Chow style steamed dumplings  because they usually contain celery, which I detest. These ones didn't have celery, so I actually liked them a lot. The peanuts provided a pleasant crunch.
Steamed rice noodle roll with fried fritter dough was also pretty good, even though it wasn't an extremely refined version.
Steamed sponge cake was super light and moist. It was the perfect antidote to all that deep fried food.
But of course, we followed that light dish with deep fried sesame cake. I loved the chewy pastry shell!
I don't have much to say about the bean curd pudding, since I didn't eat much of it. I did like how it wasn't overly sweet.
I also ordered a beef chow fun to go for my boyfriend, and it was huge! This could easily feed 3-4 hungry people! For $8, it was definitely great value. In summary, there were a couple of hits and misses with this restaurant, but I enjoyed my overall experience.
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  1. For me, this is just your average Dim Sum places with a higher price. I hate the fact that restaurant do not accept credit like this one. It is hard to bring hundreds of dollars in your vallet when you are hosting a small group of guests. So I really don't need to patronize them.

    1. This is definitely not one of my favourite places for dim sum, but I thought the quality of the food was decent.

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