Pakcik and I went to Chinatown a couple of weeks ago. Pakcik was craving for xiao long bao so I suggested going to Red Star since both of us had never been there before.
With the help of GPS, we finally found the old restaurant in a very ulu neighbourhood. The very old and slow lift brought us to the retro looking restaurant on the 7th storey.
It was almost 2pm but we still had queue for another 15 minutes before getting a table from the grouchy auntie who is in charge of table assignment. I read from blogs that the dim sum would be pushed around the restaurant, but in reality, those dim sum carts never made it to our table. The kiasu customers rushed to the carts the moment they were pushed out of the kitchen, and within minutes, all the dim sum were “robbed”. =(
Pitying our empty stomachs, I had to join the kiasu gang and get my dim sum from the carts.
Generally the dim sum are mediocre. In Chinatown, I think I would still prefer the Yum Cha restaurant. The average price of each dim sum is around $4++, except for the fried chicken with seafood paste which is $8. The waitress hard sell it to us and after tasting it, I understood why she had to do that. The dish was so overpriced and I would rather they do away with the “creativity” and just fry a normal chicken.
Pakcik ordered the xiao long bao which he craved for. But we were so disappointed with it. Either the waitress gave us the wrong dim sum, or this xiao long bao really has no standard. There is no soup in the xlb and the filling inside was kinda tough and dry. Tasted like overcooked dumpling. =(
The only dish that I like and enjoy is the roasted duck ($12). I was lucky that I got a plate of it before it’s sold out. The skin is really crispy and the meat is very tender. Most of the fats underneath the skin has melted away during the roasting process, so I don’t have to deal with any fatty layer. The chilli sauce tastes great with the meat as well.
I think I will only recommend the roasted duck to people who wants to dine at Red Star.