Yum Cha Restaurant has been an been a popular icon for Dim Sum since 2000.
Both Dim Sum (点心) and Yum Cha (饮茶) are cantonese pronunciations.
Dim Sum is a traditional cantonese delicacy served in small portions in bamboo cages or on small plates. In olden days, dim sum is only eaten as breakfast or in between meals with chinese tea which cantonese referred as "yum cha". Whenever a chinese says she's going to yum cha (饮茶), it is understood that she going for some dim sum (点心).
Now, times has changed, just eat whenever you are hungry!
That's why I am blogging about
Yum Cha Dim Sum Buffet!
Yum Cha Chinatown is located at the 2nd floor along the shop houses at Trengganu Street.
Relaxing oriental ambience which I appreciate very much after previous dim sum experience at another cramp restaurant.
Their foldable menu is genius! You know most typical menu in those big A4 size book so big that you can't find space to put it once the table is full of dim sum >.<
The menu opens up with 63 items consisting of steam dim sum, fried dim sum, rice/congee, side dishes and desserts!
While it's mission impossible for us to try everything, here are some yummy dim sums we had:
Dim Sum trolley came, we want EVERYTHING!
The first thing that caught my attention was this black black dim sum.
Squid Ink Dumpling 顺鼓墨鱼饺
Beancurd Roll with Superior Sauce 頂汁鲜竹卷
Phoenix Claw 桂林浆凤爪
BBQ Pork Bun 蚝皇叉烧包
Scallop Pea-shoot Dumpling 豆苗带子饺
Crystal Chives Dumpling 非菜水晶包
Yum Cha Prawn Dumpling 饮茶虾皇饺
My favourite, dim sum is never complete without traditional prawn dumplings.
白里透红，我 cute 不 cute! *pop into mouth* nom nom nom..........
Shark's Fin with Meat Dumpling 香茜鱼翅饺
Steamed carrot cake with cai poh 菜圃蒸萝卜糕
Custard Bun 吉士奶皇包
Your wish is my command =P~~~
Fish Meat Stuffed Bean Curd 香鱼釀豆腐
Steamed Pork Ribs with Sour Plum 梅子蒸排骨
Steamed Prawn balls with Thai Sauce 泰汁蒸虾丸
Siew Mai with Oyster 蚝子烧卖
Shreds of dried oysters were added in, taste unique, but the still prefer the traditional one below.....
Fish Roe Siew Mai 鱼子蒸烧卖
This blur pic is not doing the siew mai any justice. It was the best siew mai I ever had eaten so far. It's huge like ping pong ball, juicy and extremely "bouncy" in texture making each bite a pleasure. The siew mai fillings are made from mixture of chicken and prawn paste. The delectable subtle taste makes it impossible to stop at one piece. MUST ORDER!!
Yum Cha Crabmeat Sea Treasure Soup Dumpling 生折蟹肉灌汤饺
Crab meat dumpling with soft and thin skin is immerse in flavourful seafood broth.
This superior broth is not included in the buffet but it's worth a try at S$7.80.
After a series of steamed dim sum, here came the trolley of crispy fried goodies!
Fried Carrot Cake 腊味萝卜糕
Paper Wrapped Chicken Wings 醉香纸包鸡
Filo Scallop Roll 龙须带子卷
Prawn Wanton Crisp 鲜果明虾角
Shrimp Beancurd Roll 鲜虾腐皮卷
Chicken Yam Puff 蜂窝荔芋角
Prawn and Mango Seasame Fritters 芝麻香芒筒
Crispy Silver Fish 椒盐白饭鱼
Pan Fried Pork Pancake 北京煎肉饼
Crispy Vegetarian Spring Roll上素炸春卷
If you need some carbo, they have 5 flavours of congee for you to chose from.
1) Century Egg & Lean Meat Congee 皮蛋瘦肉粥
2) Cuttlefish & Peanut Congee 饮茶艇仔粥
3) Dried Scallop Congee 瑶柱粥
4) Sliced Fish Congee 鲜鱼片粥
5) Shredded Chicken Congee 雪菜鸡丝粥
Also rice rolls with BBQ pork or fresh prawns fillings (叉烧肠粉，鲜虾肠粉)
Crispy Red Bean with Banana 三味香酥饼
Trust me, red bean and banana is divine combination.
Baked Mini Egg Tarts 酥皮蛋挞仔
Osmanthus Cake 杞子桂花糕
Other cold desserts available were Chilled Mango Pudding, Chinese Herbal Jelly, Lemongrass Jelly with Fruits etc, we wished we had more stomach space....
Hungry already? Don't lick your screen, head down to:
Yum Cha Chinatown
20 Trengganu Street
(Off Temple Street) #02-01
Tel: 6372 1717
Opening hours: 11am - 11pm on weekdays
9am - 11pm on Sat, Sun & Public Holidays
Beside Dim Sum Buffet, do you know that Yum Cha does catering and delivery as well?
Rather than having the same old buffet with excessive fried rice/noodles, we had ordered Yum Cha dim sum during Chinese New Year for our relatives and friends!
Everybody enjoyed the food very much, we made our guests felt so pampered. As hosts we felt proud, 多体面大方!
Yum Cha Express
Tel: 6222 1717
End this mouth watering food review with Yum Cha's nostalgia TV commercial ad ;)