Talking about the best dim sum in Malaysia, Foh San Restaurant (富山茶楼) usually is not excluded from the list. Well, I know this might trigger some controversial feedback. However, I have to admit that so far so many dim sum restaurants that I have tried out, Foh San is always at the top ranking list.
Foh San Restaurant has moved out from their original place to somewhere just few streets away. The new place looks even grand and class. It is a double-storey building which can cater double the crowd compared to the old place.
This place is always packed with people no matter weekdays or weekends. There are hardly any available seats. If you want to dine here, you will need to stand next to the table to “unofficially” book it.
The same goes to the 2nd floor. There will never be an empty table if you didn’t wait. If you are fortunate enough, you will get a table within 5 minutes. Else it is normal to wait for 15 to 20 minutes for a table.
The Chinese tea as usual which always accompanies the dim sum.
My first order, Hong Kong Style Chee Cheong Fun. Delicious and yummy, the “fun” was soft and thin was stuffed with fresh prawns while hot. Serving together with high quality soya sauce, I just love this dish for a kick-start. I am not sure why there were 2 pieces of vegetable on the side of this dish. I still remember there are no such garnish at their old place.
Prawn Dumpling (虾餃), one of the signature dishes here. I still remember the first time that I tried this prawn dumpling was 5 years ago. I couldn’t stop taking this dish after I started. I was so addicted to this dish until I kept asking my friends to accompany me down from Penang to Ipoh just for the sake of having prawn dumpling at Foh San. The main reason of this dumpling to be so attractive is due to the prawns used are so fresh and the outer skin is so soft and smooth. The combination of this dumpling with the chili sauce provided is just like a dish from heaven. However, the quality has dropped slightly if compared to the old place.
Leek Fragrant Prawn Dumpling (韭香虾餃). This is another alternative to the original prawn dumpling. It has a mixture of leek to make the outer skin and it was stuffed with fresh prawns. This is the healthier version of prawn dumpling.
Pork Dumpling (烧卖) is also one of the signature dishes here. I feel that this dish is not as great as the prawn dumpling. However, it is a popular dim sum due its tenderness of the minced meat and also the freshness of the ingredients used.
Another version of Pork Dumpling (烧卖)
Lotus Root Fish Cake (莲藕鱼饼), another combination of delicious and healthy creation with crunchy lotus root along with tasty fish cake.
Fish Cake Stuffed with Carrot Veggie (鱼皮萝卜饼), another combination of healthy and tasty range of food.
Gyoza (餃子), very similar to Pan Fried Bun (锅贴馒头) except that the outer skin is made from dumpling skin. It goes well with the ginger and vinegar.
The usual Char Siew Pao that I used to order and it is still up to standard.
Sweet Corn Pao, this is also up to my expectation.
The springy steamed fish ball. For kids, I believe they will really enjoy this dish and the ball is so bouncy that it can even replace the ping pong ball. This is one of my favorites when I was kid.
The springy deep fried fish ball, another version of fish ball for the fish ball lovers.
Glutinous Chicken Rice (糯米鸡), this is one dish that I am not going to disclose. It was delicious and the ingredients were fresh and hot. It is for me to recall the taste and for you to find out. If you have tried this one please do give me feedback.
Overall, most of the dishes served here are fresh and delicious. The new place has a better ambience but the taste of food is not as good as the previous one. The pricing here is reasonably cheap. If you ask me will I go back to Foh San Ipoh for just the sake of having dim sum, I would definitely answer YES.
Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):
Operation hours: 6:30am – 2:00pm (Close on Tuesday)
Address:51, Jalan Leong Sin Nam, 30300 Ipoh Perak.