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20 November, 2020

What exactly is Yum Cha?

Yum cha is a Cantonese tradition, usually considered a brunch meal. It involves drinking Chinese tea (the name ‘yum cha’ literally means ‘drink tea’) and eating dim sum – in fact, in some countries like the United States, it’s more likely to be called going for dim sum than going to yum cha.

In most Australian yum cha restaurants, food is served from metal trolleys with a selection of steamed, pan-fried and deep fried dishes, often served in bamboo steamers. It’s a high-energy experience, with the plates and steamers quickly piling up as everyone grabs their favourite dishes as they go past. After all, you don’t want to run the risk of the dumplings you really, really want not coming past again!

Yum cha is a fun weekend experience for all the family. Be warned, Sundays are especially busy so it’s strongly recommended to make a booking.

What to order

First things first, get the tea! There’s something about the tea at yum cha that seems to add to the experience. When the pot is empty, leave the lid open or offset and servers will refill the pot for you.

Now, onto the food. We recommend keeping an open mind and trying new things that look interesting. As the carts come around, if you see something you like, it’s a good idea to take it then and there, as sometimes that particular dish might not come around again for a while (or if it’s a popular dish, it might get snapped up by other diners before the cart gets to you!).

Some of our favourites include:

  • Prawn hargow (prawn dumplings)
  • Char siu buns (fluffy pork buns)
  • Braised chicken feet (don’t knock it ‘til you try it)
  • Barbeque duck
  • Chinese broccoli
  • Custard tarts

Want dumplings without the worries of missing your favourites?

Catching the eye of the cart operators and trying to get your favourite dishes is all part of the fun of yum cha. As is trying dishes that you might not be entirely sure what it is, but it looks yum.

But sometimes, you just want your top picks without the fuss. For all the dim sum classics that you adore, like spring onion pancakes, pan fried pork buns and steamed pork and chive dumplings (not to mention the classic yum cha dessert pick – mango pancakes!), we love Lilong by Taste of Shanghai. Right above Chatswood Interchange, it’s an easy and convenient option that ensures everyone gets exactly what they want.

The Dumpling House is a Chatswood institution – located on the same level as Woolworths In Chatswood Interchange, expect a range of delicious dumplings made fresh daily by the dedicated team. Simply order from the menu and enjoy the steamed goodness!