Victor’s Kitchen is a family run dim sum restaurant in Sunshine Plaza along Bencoolen Street, Singapore that serves authentic Hong Kong Dim Sum. They are able to claim this because the owner and chef himself is a Hongkie. But because of that too the the expectation bar of the dim sum here is higher.
Victor’s Kitchen is popular among the locals as a no-frills place to enjoy good dim sum at an affordable price. So unlike the typical Chinese or tea restaurant, it looks more like a small eatery and the seats are very limited. You could even find tables and chairs outside the eatery along the walkway. Luckily customers do not need to grab the dim sum from push carts, just fill up the order chit and wait for them to be delivered.
The Har Gao (King Prawn Dumplings) @ $4 has fresh, succulent prawns – it’s that simple to ensure that they are delicious.
It wouldn’t be a complete dim sum meal without sampling Siew Mai. At Victor’s Kitchen they are called Tasty Queen size Siew Mai (because of its normal size?) and comes in four @ $3. Very porky and very little prawn was used so I found them lacking taste of seafood freshness and sweetness taste.
This was the first time I actually had Siew Mai with quill eggs. Interesting but the taste was forgettable.
The Steamed Spareribs with Black Bean Sauce hit the right spot by not being too oily nor salty. It comes in a good portion too that filled up the entire dish nicely.
The Yam Spring Roll was not bad but nothing worth writing home about.
I wasn’t impressed by the King Prawn Chee Cheong Fun ($3.50) at all. The wrapping was so thick I couldn’t tell what are the fillings inside.
The Braised Chicken Feet was nice and quite different from the normal ones by having imparting the spiciness from the red chilies. Some other items we had included the Scallop, Sausage Carrot Cake with XO Sauce, which ironically had zilch of scallop or sausage. The Zar Leong (Youtiou wrapped in Cheong Fun) is a rarity but bland tasting so I don’t understand the rave.
I would suggest you to order the HK style iced milk tea here. At $2.50, it comes in a plastic cup sitting on a bowl of ice just like how it was traditionally prepared in the past. The intention could not be clearer, which is to prevent the melting ice cubes from diluting the milk tea’s taste.
In conclusion, not as impressive as I thought it would be after reading quite many reviews that swear by it. The ambiance is quite uncomfortable too due to the compact seating arrangements. But price wise there’s really nothing to complain about. Victor’s Kitchen is definitely one of the more affordable places in Singapore to have dim sum without burning a hole in your pocket.
Victor’s Kitchen Authentic Hong Kong Dim Sum
91 Bencoolen Street
Business hours: 10.30am to 8pm
Closed on Mondays