181 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh
#02-602
Singapore 310181

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Thursday:
08:00am - 10:30pm

Friday:
08:00am - 10:30pm

Saturday:
08:00am - 10:30pm

Sunday:
08:00am - 10:30pm

Monday:
08:00am - 10:30pm

Tuesday:
08:00am - 10:30pm

Wednesday:
08:00am - 10:30pm

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Confirmed and chopped! Authentic push cart dim sum! Besides Red Star, this is the only other place with old style push cart service that I know of. And I have been looking for these on both sides of the border for some time now.

The dim sum still taste good after all these years. Not mind-blowing good but comfortably adhering to the taste you are used to and familiar with. The selection is somewhat limited and this is understandable due to manpower constraints. But they do have all the popular items like Siew Mai, Har Gao, Braised Chicken Feet, Steamed Pork Ribs, Char Siew Buns, Beancurd Skin Wraps, Chee Cheong Fun and Century Egg / Sliced Pork Porridge. Notably missing were Radish Cake and Lotus Leaf Wrapped Glutinous Rice. The one complain I have would be their rule for 90 mins service limit for each table, although I don’t really see them enforcing it.

Opens from 8am daily so yes, this is the one place in Singapore where you can enjoy a yum cha culture closest to that of Hong Kong. Call it nostalgia but the push cart system is a huge winner for me.

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Chee cheong fun with char siew was pretty average as well and it is really filling for 2 pax! Suggest to order this only if you are visiting Swatow in a bigger group or it really takes up your tummy space!

Swatow was around half-full when we visited at 9 am on a Sunday and there were still sufficient tables for 2! Nonetheless, the restaurant got pretty packed at around 10 am and we think it's best if you make a reservation if you are planning to head down in a bigger group!

This item was pretty lacklustre today - while the roll contained prawns, there was almost zero hint of mango! Furthermore, we thought Swatow went a little overboard with the sesame seeds and the sesame flavour was actually a little overpowering. We got this as it seemed like a pretty unique dim sum item, but it wasn't fantastic in our opinion. ☹️

The siew Mai served at Swatow are also pretty standard dim sum fare and we think they went well with the chilli sauce provided. It took quite a while for the har gao and siew mai to be served, however, as we had to wait for the pushcart with the har gao and siew mai to be roaming about first!

Har gao was pretty average as well, although we thought the prawn inside was pretty large by har gao standards. We were quite surprised to find that the skin was really thick, and this made the dumpling a lot more filling than expected.

Carrot cake was pretty average and if you don't have a big appetite, we suggest not to get it as you can probably get better carrot cakes elsewhere! There are 3 pieces so it can be pretty filling (since there were only 2 of us), and the exterior wasn't very crispy either. Furthermore, it was not very warm when it was served. 😰

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