Oriental Pavilion, Jaya 33

The Oriental Pavilion at Jaya 33 mall has been my family's go-to place for yummy dim sum, also known as yum char, on weekends for quite some time now. This restaurant has been around for many, many years, and we always try to go there at least once whenever we return to Malaysia for a visit. 

We like the great selection of food (try as we might, we've yet to even sample half of the food items on the menu), the spaciousness and the fact that our kids can be as loud as they want and no one blinks an eye (possibly due to the fact that the entire restaurant is bustling with noise, energy and activity from the get-go). It is comfortable, fully air-conditioned, and there are plenty of high-chairs for the little ones as well as enough space to push your strollers through, which can be a rarity in local eateries here.

Because I don't get to have dim sum as much as I'd like to living overseas, whenever we return, we tend to gravitate towards the same few items that are our family's favorite dishes, which The Oriental Pavilion does really well. 

A boy and his chopsticks
'Har kau' aka prawn dumplings
The prawn dumplings were lovely, juicy and succulent, and I loved the little bits of coriander inside which made it a little different from other dumplings I've tried. The Crispy Pork Belly was absolutely delicious with its crispy skin, and delicate, melt-in-your-mouth meat that was full of flavor without being too oily. We also really enjoyed the Fried Carrot Cake, which was crispy on the outside and soft and delicious on the inside, accompanied by a generous amount of eggs, bean sprouts, spring onions and garlic.

'Siew Yoke' aka Crispy Pork Belly
'Char Siew Pau' aka BBQ Pork Bun
Fried Carrot Cake
The kids devoured the BBQ Pork Buns, which were light, fluffy and soft with a generous filling, and came piping hot. We also really enjoyed the BBQ Pork Rice Rolls, with its smooth and silky rice sheets in a delicious soy sauce base. You can also order this with a prawn filling instead, which we sometimes do, and it's always been mouth-smackingly good. 

'Wu Kok' aka BBQ Pork in Flaky Yam Pastry 
'Char Siew Chee Cheong Fun' aka BBQ Pork in Rice Rolls
'Loh Mai Kai' aka Sticky Glutinous Rice
A visit to the Oriental Pavilion is never complete for us without an order of its Peking Duck, which comes whole and roasted, and is then carved at the table into its different parts. The crispy skin is served in thin pancake wraps with hoisin sauce, spring onions and cucumber, and every mouthful of this delightful concoction sends me into foodie bliss. 

The meat can be served on its own, or you can choose to have it cooked with fried rice or noodles, which is what we tend to do and then have as a takeaway as we're normally too stuffed to eat anymore by that point. 

Carving up the Crispy Skin Peking Duck
Peking Duck in Pancake Wraps
We ended our meal with some egg tarts that were flaky and soft with a beautiful custard filling, as well as a couple of bowls of Mango Puddings, which was flavorful and refreshing, and my boys absolutely loved. 

It was lovely indulging in all my favorite dim sum dishes, and the fact that I only get to do this once every few years or so makes me appreciate every little mouthful. Although there were some hiccups in service and it can get quite chaotic at times, it was still a satisfying dining experience overall.

I'd recommend making a booking to avoid a long queue, and leave yourself plenty of time to feast. This is not a place to come to if you're in a hurry or don't have the patience to wait for certain foods to be prepared.

Oriental Pavilion 
(Bookings recommended)
Lot P104, 1st Floor, Jaya 33,
No. 3, Jalan Semangat, Section 13,
46100 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
Malaysia
Tel: +603 7956 9288

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