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Saturday, December 24, 2022

Tong Dim Sum Restaurant 同心圆港式点心楼

With so many Dim Sum Places in Johor Bahru, we happened to come across Tong Dim Sum and was pleased with the food as well as their service. Their steamed Dim Sum was prepared upon ordering and waiting time is required. 

Tong Dim Sum Restaurant 同心圆港式点心楼
Tong Dim Sum Restaurant 同心圆港式点心楼

The place is mostly patronized by the locals and for every visit we went, we were attended to quickly by their observant staff on duty.

Preparation Corner
Preparation Corner

The picture hanging on the wall features Celebrity Jay Chou visiting the restaurant.

Dining Environment
Dining Environment

The menu is pretty extensive and illustrates every Dim Sum item on the menu.


It is heavily used and it has also indicated some of the items that are not available. Sighs! There goes my craving for Xiao Long Bao.


As soon as we settled down on the table, servers served up a tray of fried and baked items, ready for us to pick from it.

Serving Tray
Serving Tray

I took the plate of tarts from the serving tray as these mini tarts were so lovely. They are bite size and the sweetness of the filling was on the right notes.

Little Egg Tarts 蛋挞仔
Little Egg Tarts 蛋挞仔 - RM 6

The unique crispy strings roll up a bar with shrimps within. The texture was memorable

Dragon Beard Rolls 龙须卷
Dragon Beard Rolls 龙须卷 - RM 8

The Fortune Crispy Shrimp is only available during Saturday and Sunday. Its crispy exterior was moreish and fillings are of a great combination between the soft yam as well as bouncy shrimps. Totally yummy!

Fortune Crispy Shrimp 宝带虾
Fortune Crispy Shrimp 宝带虾 - RM 8

The thin crispy exterior of the prawn rolls was crackling addictive. Exterior was crispy and prawns fillings were succulent and springy.

Prawn Rolls 鲜虾腐皮卷
Prawn Rolls 鲜虾腐皮卷 - RM 8

The thin sheet of rice rolls with chopped Char Siu encased and drenched in its seasoning sauce, topping up with a dollop of chilli. Fragrant with a smooth texture, I do not mind having another plate of this.

Char Siu in Rice Rolls 叉烧肠粉
Char Siu in Rice Rolls 叉烧肠粉 - RM 6

The shrimp rice rolls were delectable too with the appetizing chilli. 

Shrimp in Rice Rolls 虾肠粉
Shrimp in Rice Rolls 虾肠粉 - RM 6

Delicious marinated spare ribs with black bean sauce were topped with 3 pieces of chilli.

Spare Ribs with Black Bean Sauce 鼓汁排骨
Spare Ribs with Black Bean Sauce 鼓汁排骨- RM 6

The Phoenix Claw were well seasoned and not too spicy with hints of black peppery taste. 

Phoenix Claw 凤爪
Phoenix Claw 凤爪 - RM 6.90

The Steamed Chicken Wings in Wine were quite a mess to me in their presentation. It has a strong mixture of grated ginger with lemon grass and chilli. If you are not in the flavour of chicken bones and grated ginger, you might want to give this a miss. 

Steamed Chicken Wings in Wine 蒸酒鸡翅
Steamed Chicken Wings in Wine 蒸酒鸡翅 - RM 6.90

Siew Mai comes in a tray of 4 and is topped with fish roes. They were tasty and were glad they do not have any gamey smell compared to those we had back in Singapore.

Siew Mai 烧卖
Siew Mai 烧卖 - RM 6.90

Har Kau is one of the staples to order while having a dim sum meal. The shrimp was bouncy and springy. However, the skin was a bit thick side. 

Shrimp Dumpling 虾饺
Shrimp Dumpling 虾饺 - RM 6.90

These look similar to Siew Mai but instead of pork, they were served with prawns instead and in a tray of 3. Simply enjoyed the springy and bouncy shrimp.

Shrimp Dumpling 虾卖
Shrimp Dumpling 虾卖 - RM 6.90

Cravings for these buns just never stop for the "lava" flow from the bun was simply addictive. The buns were pillow soft and light green in colour. Each tray comes with 2 buns. 

Steamed Yolk & Butter Buns 流沙包
Steamed Yolk & Butter Buns 流沙包 - RM 4.50

The oozing lava was luscious and goes well with the fluffy soft plain buns.


The Glutinous Chicken Rice which we often called "Lor Mai Kai" was served in covered aluminum tray. While its served hot, be careful while handling the food.

What's Inside?
What's Inside?

The Glutinous Chicken rice was tasty and chicken meat was well marinated. However, the taste is not consistent and not in our flavor for they have the after taste of frozen chicken.

Glutinous Rice Chicken 糯米鸡
Glutinous Rice Chicken 糯米鸡 - RM 4.90

Here come the buns order. Guess what did we order?

The Pau
The Pau

The sweet BBQ Pork Buns aka Char Siu Bun is sold individually. Buns are fluffy and soft stuffed with sweet savory chopped pieces of Char Siu. 

Steamed Cha Siu Bun 叉烧包
Steamed Cha Siu Bun 叉烧包 - RM 2.20

Steamed Pork Bun was filling to the stomach and big in size.  The marinated meat was juicy and goes well with the plain soft texture of the buns. It will be good for sharing if you are other other Dim Sum Items.

Steamed Pork Bun 大包
Steamed Pork Bun 大包 - RM 4

While expecting the size of the steamed Red Bean Bun to be similar to the Char Siu bun, we were rather surprise that the size is actually twice times more. Similarly. bun is soft and fluffy and the Red Bean paste sweetness was adequate, not too sweet.
Steamed Red Bean Bun 豆沙包
Steamed Red Bean Bun 豆沙包 - RM 2

Service from the ordering staff rendered was friendly. Unlike other nearby popular Dim Sum places, this place has much more locals than foreigners and I felt comfortable in the sense that they are not overly commercialized. Price-wise, they are pretty reasonable too. 

Tong Dim Sum Restaurant 同心圆港式点心楼
No, 75, Jalan Indah 8/13, Bukit Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

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