Ful Lai Dim Sum Restaurant @ Bandar Sri Manjalara, Kepong


Wow, it’s been a long time since I last blogged about dim sum. This time, we are going to take a look at Ful Lai Dim Sum Restaurant in Bandar Manjalara, Kepong.
Actually, my first visit to Ful Lai was a midnight about a year ago (you know the sudden crave for steaming hot dim sum in the middle of the night right? lol) but my clumsy fingers accidentally erased the whole memory card along with some other nice food photos, sigh. Since we found the dim sum to be quite tasty, we returned for another try.

siu mai

Sadly though, we found the dim sum not as nice as the ones we tried the first time. Maybe the midnight hunger does trick your mind into believing that the food taste better haha. The Siu Mai didn’t really taste nor even look like Siu Mai.. more like meat balls to be honest.

har gao

dim sum


Although all the above dim sum look different, they all tasted very similar – almost the same to me. Besides the appearance, there’s nothing special about them to distinguish them from the other dim sum. Quite disappointed actually. The dim sum above cost RM3 each, also the normal price for the other restaurants in this area.

prawn dim sum

Another reason I returned to Ful Lai was to try their Char Siew Bao, said to be the best in Kepong by some in the forums. Having been disappointed with the dim sum we had earlier, we were hoping the Char Siew Bao would be the saving grace.

char siew bao

But too bad the Char Siew Bao didn’t make the cut for us as well. Nevermind the bun didn’t have the conventional Char Siew Bao exterior (slightly open in the middle), the pork filling was dry, had a coarse texture and tasted a little bland. Definitely not the best Char Siew Bao in Kepong if you ask me. I like my Char Siew Bao pork filling to be juicy and mixed with some fats, those that can melt in your mouth haha.
A better Char Siew Bao better one I had was at a restaurant beside the Kepong market, which was waaaaaaaay better (better than Tuck Kei too!)

ful lai dim sum

After this I think I won’t be returning again, unless I have the sudden midnight crave lah, then I got no choice lol. Hmm maybe I should pay the other Ful Lai branch at Jalan Kuchai Lama a visit instead. And as of now, the best dim sum restaurant with good variety in Kepong for me is still Eden.

Kepong Branch:
No 47 & 49, Jalan 3/62A,
Bandar Sri Manjalara,
Off Jalan Kepong, Mukim Batu,
55200 Kuala Lumpur.
03 6274 7610

Kuchai Lama Branch:
1G, (GF) Jalan 2/116B,
Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park,
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama,
58200 Kuala Lumpur
03 79836851

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  1. Eh I didn’t know there’s this restaurant in Kepong. :P I go to Kepong a few times a year to visit my grandparents, and they always bring us to Tuck Kee. To me, dimsum at Kepong = Tuck Kee. Hehe.. now you are giving me a different perception. :)

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  2. Wow, I haven’t had dimsum since that lousy experience in Foh San, Ipoh. :( Any good dimsum recommendations in Wangsa Maju?

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    vk: I only been to Wangsa Maju once only.. paiseh it’s your area ler you should know better than me :P

  3. Aiyoo … you visited Kepong every weekend ?

    Didnt come find me … I also kepong kia … :(

    That dim sum so-so only la … It is famous cause of “24” hour serving lol .

    Tuck Kee still the best !


  4. Hello, your blog is awesome but I can’t resist myself from asking this. May I know what camera do you use to take your pictures? I’m new to photography but have always been wanting to start on taking macro/up close shots of objects…hope you could advise a little.


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    vk: Hi Rebel.. I am using a Canon 400D, it’s a newbie dSLR hehe

  5. congrats on nice blog…and getting on to thestar
    may i recommend dim sum restaurants in damansara
    forgot the name bt wil find out 4 u

  6. Hmm nice pictures of your food.. haha.. shud learn your photographing methodology

    vk: thanks for the compliment but ermm, there’s no methodology in my photograph lah haha

  7. I also from Kepong. I still think Tuck Kee better. I prefer Tuck Kee char siew pau? You know where is Tuck Kee? Just opposite Garden

    vk: hi Tonkssie, I know where Tuck Kee is.. in fact I have been there once. I found the dim sum to be really bad. I didn’t try the char siew pau though

    • agreed with vk..Tuck kee used to be good..but i think now…seem like not so good d….btw, i still found that the char siew bao from taman megah (opposite ming tin food court ) is good.

  8. ya, Eden dim sum @ menjalara is better i think..tried out the special “prawn” har kao..quite nice…the bao is nice too..fried carrot cake is my dad favourite..

  9. Have you ever tried the new restaurant at Laman Rimbunan called One Happiness Restaurant? A lot of people said the food is fantastic.. have you tried?

  10. Ful Lai Dim Sum in Kuchai Lama, was the best Dim Sum I’ve ever eat before,. the Siew Mai & Char Siew Pow was unbeatable with Wong Chiew Hong Kong Dim Sum located in London,.

  11. those open 3 side char siew bao is hongkong style,using baking soda and amonia powder whit wheat,ful lai car siew bao is from fu zhou”福州“using traditional style only wheat and mother yeast,but its take longer time to make it.btw u can feel the diferrent of the skin,ful lai bun skin is non sticky than hongkong style char siew bun.^^

  12. I went there last sunday. There was very crowded and somemore hard to find parking. We have round many times at last we found a parking. Then, we gonna to find a table at Ful Lai dim sum. We stand beside customer table to wait them finish their dim sum.Really feel uncomfortable to do like that.After we get the table, request them to clean up table for many times also no response. Always tell to wait only. All workers only showing the black face. Then, customer to my table was need to bill. One require will coming to bill already . I was really angry and go to eat at Eden.
    I was thinking why i should pay money for begging your bad seervice like this. Me wouldn’t return and i will share it out.


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