Speaking value-for-money dimsum, Wan Dou Sek (搵到食) at Geylang is always top of my list, simply because the variety and the mini portion they serve. The idea of tickling my tastebuds as much as I want but at the same time not feeling uncomfortable of eating too much, this place is definitely my choice especially it comes to late night meals.
I went there on a Saturday dinner time and it was already full. Tables were arranged by the road side while people expecting their dimsum at the same time people-watching.
I was first introduced to this place by W. after an interview with his friend cum newsmaker at Geyang, and I have been returning whenever I crave for dimsum. I love the old-school, unpretentious vibe of the eatery. It’s a place you get comfortable, sipping the chilled chrysanthemum tea, rushing down the steaming hot good stuffs from the steamer basket… Simple and that’s all about it.
Their signature beancurd (tofu) with mango salad is always one of the must haves. The mayonnaise and mango cubes matches well with the crispy deep fried tofu. Judging from my picture you know the mayonnaise wasn’t spared when preparing, which makes the dish so good. This used to be the best dish out of all but on the day I went, the colour of the deep fried tofu looked a bit dark. I believe it is time to get their cooking oil changed before they fry the next round of tofu.
Steam Glutinous Rice with Groundnuts SGD2.8
The steam glutinous rice with groundnuts looked so good when the it was served. The picture doesn’t do justice. Each and every grain was covered with the shallot oil. So fragrant and toothsome yet at the same time, the soft large-seeded Shan-dong groundnuts balanced the texture. Deliciously comforting!
Har Gao SGD 3.3
I didn’t expect much from their Har Gao (shrimp dumpling) until I had my first bite. The shrimp retained a slightly crisp texture. Skin wise, the translucency isn’t the best I have had but it was sturdy and slightly chewy — what it needs for a Har Gao skin.
King Siew Mai SGD 4.5
A dimsum meal without Siewmai could not be complete — we knew it and upgraded to the King size. It didn’t look particularly impressive but the soft and slightly spongy meat filling was great. Not the best but passed.
Milk Custard Bun
Golden Lava Bun (Liu Sha Bao) SGD 4
I was delighted to discover this on their menu and immediately ordered it. I was anticipating saltish and buttery sauce oozing out from the bun but all delight turned into disappointment when I saw the irregularly sized bun on the table. The “egg yolk filling” was not in the supposedly molten form. The custard was in thick consistency after which I decided to call it a milk custard bun instead.
What I like about Wan Dou Sek is the portion they serve. All items comes in mini size that it won’t weight exactly much in your stomach even if the dish is not up to your liking. The
Golden Lava Bun milk custard bun in disguise is 1/4 of my palm size, easily conquered in one bite!
Crispy Yam Ball SGD4.5
The yam ball is full of Hae Bee (dried prawn) flavour and they filled it with char siew, which is interesting, worth trying.
Their Kong Bak Bao look like babies wrapped up in thin clothes. It was the 7th dish of the night and I started to feel a sense of fullness in the stomach. Good that the bun wasn’t thick and the meat chunks come in bite size. The meat is soft and tender, but not as juicy as expected. However, their Prawn and baby corn wrapped in cabbage was the bomb. Steamed until soft and tender, the cabbage wrap soaking in the thick broth was fantastic. The taste of shrimp broth spreads out across your tongue, slowly seeping from within and the refreshing sweetness from the baby sweet corn came by, as you chew… Yummy : )
My Verdict: Their chilli sauce is bad, and they do not have alternatives, which is one little imperfection. Otherwise everything else is fine with me. If you love variety, this might be your kind of place. Expect a menu with long listing and get spoilt with choices here. Zhi-char dishes are available too. Unique dishes like Crabmeat Chee Cheong Fun and Fried Fish Maw, hard-to-get dishes like Steam Otah and Oyster Fritters are also popular here. Atmosphere wise it is a little chaotic,typical eat-and-go kind of eatery. Tip is to order everything at one go so that you do not need to wait too long in between.
126 Eating House (Wan Dou Sek)
126, Sims Avenue. （Between Geylang Lorong 15 & 17)
Open 24 hours daily, close on alternate Tuesday.