Food and drink
The dumplings are divine, especially the steamed seiw mai and the king shrimp har gao. The honey syrup pork buns, or char siew bao, were light and fluffy. The pork and chive wor tip looks wonderful like a fried hat on top of your dumplings. But my favourite dish was the pan-fried carrot (radish) cake and the century egg congee, which is served in a large clay pot and can easily feed six people.
Housed in a traditional shop house, Dim Joy is a casual diner crammed with office workers at lunchtime. But in the evenings, there’s an intimate courtyard out the front with wooden garden furniture.
Every time I’ve been I cannot fault the service. Even when the restaurant is rammed with people, the food was always piping hot and served within a reasonable time frame. They also continued to fill up our pot of tea, even after we had paid the bill.
Hidden behind a traditional, walled shop house on busy Neil Road in Chinatown, you could easily miss Dim Joy if you are driving past.
Reasonably priced dim sum. The congee was $9 a pot, but it was a substantial size and the dumplings are less than $5 a plate. Lunch for three people was approximately $30.
- Backpackers / Students
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- No fuss