Yee Heong Restaurant on Campbell Street (at the end of the street near the Victorian Campbell St Market), serves of some of the tastiest dim sum in George Town, and is a personal favourite spot of mine for “yum cha”. The dim sum spread is served from 6am onwards - very traditional as, traditionally, the blue-collar workers start their work very eary. Singapore’s historic (but, unfortunately, now defunct) Nam Tong restaurant in Chinatown used to served their golfball-sized dim sum from 4am onwards.
Anyway, Yee Heong’s dim sum will sell out by 10.30am-11am, whence the kitchen will switch over to churning out a la carte orders of Cantonese dishes.
Some of the types of dim sum we ordered:
- Haw gow (shrimp dumplings)
- Shrimp dumplings with carrot filling.
- Minced chicken & shrimp dumplings
- Steamed fish in yuba skin, in sweet-sour sauce.
Our spread also included “lor mai gai”, “dai bao”, steamed tofu stuffed with fish paste and stewed pig’s trotters in black vinegar and ginger. The renditions here are superior to those at the other main dim sum restaurants in town.
Yee Heong gets pretty busy around 8am onwards, until most of the dim sum items get sold out. Come early if you want to be able to choose from their full spread.
Yee Heong Restaurant (宜香茶樓飯店)
12-14 Campbell Street
Tel: +604 2616990
Opening hours: 6.00am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9.30pm daily, except Thursdays.