Wow, that was an awesomely long weekend, wasn't it? I loved and relished every second of it! Because the Hubs and I don't have many family commitments over the CNY festive holidays, we took the time to catch up on a lot of sleep (cleared a lot of backlogged sleep!), stuff our faces and meet up with a number of our friends.
In the days after the restaurants re-opened after CNY day 1, Lei Garden was one of the few handful that offered dim sum on their lunch menus. Both the Imperial Treasure and Crystal Jade chains didn't serve dim sum so it was a no brainer where to meet up with Ernie for lunch over the long weekend.
Besides, Lei Garden rotates their dim sum menu regularly so things are kept fresh all the time. Every week's dim sum offerings are changed up (with the classics perennially on the menu, of course) so you're always surprised by the novel things they do with dim sum here.
We LOVED the Deep Fried Spring Roll with Mushroom ($5.20), crisp blankets of fried egg rolls with juicy fillings of chives, mince and mushroom bits. Flavoursome and scrumptious, we promptly ordered another portion of this.
The Steamed Cheong-Fun ($5.20) with thick-ish chewy skin stuffed with tender morsels of plain shredded chicken and juicy mushrooms, drizzled with delicate soy for taste, was also another fresh take on the classic steamed rice rolls.
I liked the Shredded Chicken Porridge ($4.80), with succulent strips of marinated chicken laced in a smooth rice gruel. Simple and delicious.
We also ordered our favourite Rainbow Egg and Shredded Pork Porridge ($4.80), just the way grandma used to make it. Clean simple flavours.
We also had the Grilled Cod Fish ($9.80) brushed with a sweet and smoky teriyaki sauce to balance out the oily texture of the fish. A twist of crispy onion rings lent a western touch.
Chijmes Lei Garden Restaurant
30 Victoria Street
Tel: 6339 3822
Open daily from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunch and from 6pm to 10.30pm for dinner