yum cha dim sum

February 7, 2016

Wow! Yum Cha, the trendy new Hong Kong dim sum restaurant we visited today, was an absolute treat with lots of fascinating creations and twists on traditional Cantonese dishes that we all love so much.

Although this restaurant has only been open for a few months, it is already very popular and was packed to the hilt. Generally, Sundays are always reserved for family dim sum gatherings, so it was no surprise that I needed to reserve almost a week in advance to find a table.

Watch the replay to see the most amazing little “pork buns” that are actually made in the shape of little piggies. And the egg custard buns were also in the shape of eggs with googly eyes. When poked through, a creamy sweet egg filling oozes out. The cameras were all pulled out when we were received little pineapple cake dumplings in the form of chicks served in a mini silver cage. My daughter enthusiastically called this “The ugly dumpling”, and claimed this as her favourite dish. These are three winners that not only kids will love, but the kid in you will love too.

The dishes were all beautifully presented and tasted out of this world. Our picks included the spicy cold chicken appetiser with chili and cucumbers, vegetable truffle dumplings (OMG! this one was amazing), spicy fish in chili oil and dragon beard kale with goji berries (so original!).

I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough. It is just one of those places you must go and try for yourself. There is another branch in Kowloon that opened only a few months before this one.

Yum Cha is a play on words. Yum means “drink”, cha means “tea”. Together “yum cha” means the entire meal of “dim sim brunch”. I am not sure if this was intentional or not, but in English when we hear the word “yum” we assume it is yummy.

Yam Cha (Central) – 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 852 3708 8081, central@yumchahk.com
Yam Cha (Kowloon) – 3/F, 20-22 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Tel: 852 2751 1666, tst@yumchahk.com