Touting to have the best custard buns in Singapore, Victor’s Kitchen is the spot to hit for simple dim sum that won’t break the bank. The barebones interior is reminiscent of a cha chaan teng in Hong Kong, where you’re expected to share a table and rub shoulders with your fellow diners. The dim sum makes the queue and fuss worth it, though – especially when you order Victor’s king prawn dumplings ($5.20) and scallop and sausage carrot cake with XO sauce ($4.80). As for its famed liu sha bao ($4.80), we find them too sweet and oily to be considered the best in Singapore, so you’re better off saving room for something else on the menu.
Har gow, siew mai, char siu bao – these are just some of the standards that every good dim sum restaurants should be able to perfect. But beyond that, what makes a great dim sum restaurant is its variety of offerings and warm service – because this isn't Hong Kong and we don't have to tolerate aunties shouting at us in Cantonese. Here's where to go for your next gathering when everyone's hankering for some yum cha.