Hong Kong-style dim sum in Victor’s Kitchen


Some restaurants are Instagram baits – with photogenic decor and OTT food presentation. Victor’s Kitchen is not one of them. The small restaurant in Sunshine Plaza has a functional dining space. Food is served with mass-produced tableware used in coffeshops. There is no attempt at food styling. Victor’s Kitchen is just an old school eatery serving Hong Kong-style dim sum that is freshly made. Victor’s Kitchen dim sum is for ordinary patrons who are not keen to let their food go cold while they try to get the perfect food pic.

Victor's Kitchen Sunshine Plaza

Located on the ground level of Sunshine Plaza at Bencoolen Street, Victor’s Kitchen looks like one of those canteens in an industrial building. Furniture is functional and arranged to pack in as many customers as possible. There are even a few tables out along the corridor. Sharing tables is the norm. You may think of eating at Victor’s Kitchen as having an authentic Hong Kong’s “cha chan teang experience” – where you dine in a small space, which can get very noisy, with no room for privacy.

Victor's Kitchen Sunshine Plaza

Orders are made by ticking on a menu chit. Once you have selected the items, you go to the cashier to hand over the chit and pay. The food and beverages will be served to your table.

Menu of Victor's Kitchen
Victor's Kitchen Hong Kong-style dim sum

We went for lunch at Victor’s Kitchen Sunshine Plaza recently. We ordered a number of dim sum items – Victor’s King Prawn Dumplings ($5.20), Xiao Long Bao ($5.20), Char Siew Cheong Fun ($4.80), Scallops Sausage Carrot Cake in XO Sauce ($4.80), Chicken & Sausage in Glutinous Rice ($5.80) and Egg Tarts ($4.70).

We had to wait a while for our food, but when the food was served each item of the freshly made dim sum was piping hot.

Victor's Kitchen Hong Kong-style dim sum

The Xiao Long Baos (XLB) were good. The skins were not too thick and the soupy fillings were tasty. We would order Victor’s Kitchen XLB again. The Cheong Fun was a thick smooth rice roll with a fairly generous portion of char siew fillings. It was an average dish.

Victor's Kitchen dim sum
Victor's Kitchen dim sum

The signature har kaus, Victor’s King Prawn Dumplings, had thin skins and large juicy prawns. It was not bad but not very special tastewise.

Victor's Kitchen XO Carrot Cake

The Victor’s Kitchen dim sum item we liked the most was the Scallops Sausage Carrot Cake in XO Sauce. It came in a bowl with a black suace and XO chilli on separate saucers. The carrot cake (or radish cake) was soft and delicious even without any sauce added. With the sauce and chili added, it was even more interesting. It was one the best versions of steamed carrot cake we had tried.

Victor's Kitchen Dim Sum - Carrot Cake

The Chicken & Sausage in Glutinous Rice or lor mai kai had lots of ingredients. The well cooked sticky rice was a bit bland until we got to the salted egg yolk bits. The fairly standard glutinous rice wrapped in lotus leaf was nice but not exceptional.

Victor's Kitchen Lotus Leaf Rice

The egg tarts had thin crisp buttery shells and the custard was smooth and delectable. They were good authentic Hong Kong style egg tarts.

Victor's Kitchen Dim Sum - Egg Tarts

We liked Victor’s Kitchen dim sum and thought the outstanding items were the Carrot Cake in XO Sauce and Egg Tarts. The prices are a bit on the high side, especially when you consider the ambience, or lack of it. However, the food is of good quality. If are not an Instagram addict and don’t mind Hong Kong’s “cha chan teang experience”, Victor’s Kitchen is one of the best places in Singapore for good old fashioned Hong Kong style dim sum.

Ratings:
Food: 4
Service: 3
Value: 3
Atmosphere: 2
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs     3 Tops


Victor’s Kitchen SunShine Plaza

91 Bencoolen Street
Sunshine Plaza, #01-49
Singapore 189652

Tel: +65 98382851

Opening hours: 
Mon-Thurs, Sun: 10.30am – 8pm
​Fri-Sat: 10.30am – 9pm

Nearby MRT Stations: Bras Basah, Bugis

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