Expensive Char Siu Pau At The Gardens Mall

Char siu pau, char siu bao
This is how expensive char siu pau look like.

Would you pay RM6 for these two char siu pau? These steamed buns usually cost about RM1.20 each at roadside stalls and slightly more at dim sum restaurants. Wuan and I had these two buns together with several other dishes for dinner at one of the restaurants at The Gardens Mall in Mid Valley City last weekend.

The bun was fluffy. In fact it was fluffier than most of the steamed buns that I have ever savoured. The filling was another story altogether. The barbecue pork filling was rather tasteless. It also did not exude the aroma one would expect from a good char siu pau.

For the premium that we paid, the location aside, I would have expected something that tasted as good, if not better, as those that I normally buy from the uncles selling them by the road side. On the contrary, we paid more than twice the price for two char siu pau that did not even taste than half as good as the cheaper ones.

The next time I have a craving for char siu pau I will satiate it with one from those roadside stalls. Thank you. There are two places where I usually buy char siu pau from around Kuala Lumpur. One is outside Guardian Pharmacy at Pandan Perdana. The other is Restoran Hock Leong Hin at Jalan Sungai Besi opposite Shell petrol station. The char siu pau from both places are the better tasting ones in Kuala Lumpur.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

3 thoughts on “Expensive Char Siu Pau At The Gardens Mall”

  1. Hi Peter – blessed Christmas to you and Wuan!

    IKEA Cafe often serves mini paus as part of their local breakfast menu. Only RM1.10 per set of two savoury paus, or three sweet paus, with free coffee before 9:30 a.m.

    Thank you for the wishes. I would like to try their paus but 9.30am is too early for me to be in Bandar Utama. 😛

  2. The breakfast is available until 11:00 a.m., but the free coffee stops at 9:30 a.m.

    See you there one of these days?

    Sure, see you soon, hopefully.

  3. Bkt Tinggi Klang- we have a few good dim sum restaurants there.Bring Wuan down la, will treat you to one and see if its more to your taste 😉 The char siew pau is quite good.

    I will take you up on your offer one of these days.

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