When looking for a good dim sum I generally think of super fresh ingredients for the filing and a thin skin which holds the ingredients together perfectly, neither too thick or chewy. This seems like it should not be too difficult concept, however finding a place which gets it’s right is quite a challenge!
Onto the menu at Ah Yat. I have been to this restaurant countless times! I can’t even remember how many if I’m totally honest. The first thing I like here is the chili oil. When I go for dim sum, I simply must have a good chili oil as an accompaniment for dipping my dim sum. Ah Yat do this well, which immediately gave me a good first impression. The steamed dim sum is pretty good. I usually order the prawn dumpling, scallop dumpling and spinach dumpling from the steamed selection. The seafood is all fresh, the one gripe I have, is that sometimes the skin of the dim sum is a little on the thick side but in Jakarta it’s possibly as good as you are going to get. The filling really does make up for the lack of precision with the skin. Moving on to the fried selection. I am a sucker for turnip cake and have to say the turnip cake at Ah Yat is quite similar to that I have tried in Hong Kong, although I really shouldn't think about the dim sum in Hong Kong for which I am constantly craving! The fried dishes are worth ordering, I usually order the prawns wrapped in beancurd which is always appealing. There are many more choices of which you can order. I often go for lunch alone ,so I don’t tend to order a crazy amount for myself.
The one thing that makes me wish I had discovered this restaurant earlier in my time in the city, is that that steamed egg sponge cake was on the menu. Sadly now it’s been removed. This is a cantonese favorite and can easily be found in many places in Hong Kong. Why or why did they do this! So I endeavored to find another dessert to rival the sponge cake which I missed. I tried the steamed sesame buns which I have to admit really do finish the lunch on a good note.
I really do recommend this restaurant if you are looking for good dim sum. Of course it cannot be compared to dim sum in Hong Kong, Singapore or London but so far in Jakarta it’s probably one of the best I have found.
Ah Yat Abalone
Jl Jend. Sudirman Kav. 10-11 | Mid Plaza II Ground floor, Jakarta, Indonesia