Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Dim Sum City @ Insadunia Food Court, Kampung Baru, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

A regular Dim Sum place for the folks in Bukit Mertajam, Dim Sum City is an iconic place in the heartland of Kampung Baru; partly due to the spacious, windy seating and strategic location which gives easy access to many. A Dim Sum place in the morning, a hawker center in the evening; the place has a huge facade with ample parking lots. While we did not think that they have plenty of choices but they do have the upper hand in terms of prices. We were quite impressed with their efficient service too, a couple of Dim Sum carts were approaching us right after we were invited to our tables. It was impossible for me to list down all the prices but the total damage of all Dim Sum dishes on my visit was Rm 34 nett.

Deep Fried Bean Curd Skin with Shrimp

Steamed Pork Ribs

Chai Kueh/ Vegetable Dumplings

Egg Tarts

Har Kaw/ Prawn Dumplings

Siew Mai/ Pork Dumplings

Most Dim Sum dishes were served to us piping hot except a few. Their Fish Balls were good, bouncy and firm to my liking. Equally delectable were the Prawn Dumplings, crystal clear, thin with meaty, bouncy, sweet Shrimp filling. Chai Kueh is not a common scene in any Dim Sum places so I thought it would be great for me to try them out. They were okay but the skin was a little gooey and soft to my liking, the filling was not shabby but I would prefer more Dried Shrimps to be added in. The Egg Tarts could be more flaky and they could be more generous with the sweet custard filling. The pastry skin was a little gritty either. If you must know, Double Boiled Soups are also available in Dim Sum City. 

On a side note, there was a new stall selling Thai Boat Noodles (Rm 4.50/ small) was there on our visit. They have just started their business in somewhere around March 2015. It specializes in selling Thai Boat Noodles per se but in a unique way- with loads of pork added. The sweet, flavorful, herbaceous broth was one of the few good reasons why you should try this out. There are a few choices for Noodles but we opted for flat Rice noodles which came in light and smooth. Add in some Thai Basil for a more aromatic and vegetal bite. Additional condiments like raw Sprouts, Thai Basil, Thai Fish Sauce, Chili Flakes will be served to the table together with your order. 

Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No

Additional Information:
Address: Lot 836, Jalan Kampung Baru, 14000, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
Business Hours: 6: 30 am to 2 pm (for Dim Sum). 11 am to 5 pm (for Thai Boat Noodles) Closes on the last Monday of the month.
Contact Number: 604- 537 1479 (Dim Sum)

Map of Dim Sum City @ Insa Dunia Food Court

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