Saturday, 4 June 2016
Most Popular Dim Sum in Johor - Gim Cheng in Taman Daya 锦成茶楼 JK1506
Came to Gim Cheng at Taman Daya this morning - this large corner kopitiam type dim sum shop is the most popular in JB to my knowledge.
Gim Cheng was busy as ever this Saturday morning - the whole place was full and there were customers waiting for tables. Most customers were family groups, often three generations.
Service is fast and friendly. Table turn over is pretty quick and table sharing with friendly strangers is the norm.
(Gim Cheng used to have those traditional dim sum trolleys which they wheeled around the shop but not anymore :-( Now dim sum is served in trays.)
The boss was extremely busy steaming the baskets of dim sum.
Gim Cheng serves a wide range of dim sum, including some which I have not seen before.
We don't know the names of some of the items, just how it tastes. Shrimp and salted egg yolk dumpling works pretty well for us.
The humble fried carrot cake 萝卜糕 was pretty good with soft mash and bits of carrot with dried shrimps wrapped inside that crispy browned skin.
The obligatory siew mai 烧卖. Took this meaty filling staple unconsciously by habit.
Deep fried yam dumpling with char siew filling 芋角.
Seafood (shrimp) dumpling.
The classic deep fried then braised chicken claw. Not pretty but yummay.
Shrimp and minced pork wanton. More minced pork than shrimp....
Steamed pork ribs.
The only sauce provided is generic chili out of a squeeze bottle.
All these food and a pot of Chinese black tea for RM47.20. We over ate quite a lot so that we can have enough pictures for this post :-D
There are many other dim sum which we have to take a rain check for. Best to come for dim sum with a larger group of 4 and more so that we can try lots of different dishes.
Yong tau foo chili with fish paste filling.
Egg tarts we didn't have tummy space to try this round.
We got not enough stomach space to try Gim Cheng's pau (steamed buns) but looking at the queue for the take away, I guess they should be pretty good.
👍 Overall, Gim Cheng's dim sum is hearty and delicious, though not dainty or exquisite (like at Michelin starred places). The large family oriented crowd gives the casual space a homely, comfortable ambiance. Despite the crowd, service is very quick and cheerful. Prices are competitive with similar kopitiam type dim sum places. This is one of JB locals' favourite dim sum shop.
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There is plenty of parking right in front of Gim Cheng but there is never enough on weekends.
Tip: There is more parking at the back of Gim Cheng, just around the corner.
Restaurant name: Restoran Gim Cheng 锦成茶楼
Address: 2 Jalan Sagu 36, Taman Daya, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.549307,103.76485 / 1°32'57.5"N 103°45'53.5"E
Tel: +607 351 7898
Hours: 7:00am to 1:00pm (Closed on Weds)
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