Yum-cha in Sydney

February 11, 2012 No Comments by Tiramisue

Yum cha in Sydney is something that I’ve always wanted to have but never got around to. With the weather so nasty, we figured this was the perfect daytime indoor activity.

Arrch took us to Chatswood, cos the mall was huge and I hadn’t been there since my very first trip to Sydney years ago!

I don’t think the owners of this restaurant speak English very well.

The restaurant was ballroom sized, and the interior was furnished rather tackily, in a manner I’ve come to expect of typical Chinese restaurants. Just look at the gold pillar! And hanging a Chinese lantern underneath a chandelier? Classy.

Still, don’t the best food come from the places that look the most dodgy and rundown? So despite their poor taste in interior decor, I had pretty high hopes for their food.

This restaurant employs the traditional way of serving dimsum – in pushcarts. The downside is, the food that comes to you might not be the freshest because it’s been sitting there for a while as the waitresses make their rounds around the restaurant.

But the upside to this is that I get to see what they’ve got and point to whatever I want. It’s especially useful for me because I have no idea what most of their names are!

In fact I rely so heavily on these two people every time we’re in a Chinese restaurant! Arrch speaks to them in Cantonese, and if the waiters only speak Mandarin then Eunice takes over. She also translates the menus if they’re in Chinese!

What more could a girl need? I just sit back and let them do all the work.

We ordered the standard dimsum dishes that we usually order – siew mai, har gow, char siew bao, and a bunch of other stuff I can’t really name. Eunice and I were really excited to find that they had tau hway! I hadn’t had this since Singapore!

This version of tau hway had a ginger twist to it though, almost like sweet potato soup, but with bean curd instead. It put Eunice off but I thought it was pretty interesting.

Now this is something I hadn’t had before: mango custard roll. Very yummy, but I think it might be a Sydney invention.

Overall I was slightly disappointed with the food. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t mind-blowing either. And boy was it expensive! We didn’t really order a lot, but the total damage came up to around $80 or so. That’s approximately S$110 for mediocre dimsum for 3 people.

While I was writing this post, I did a google search for the best yumcha places in Sydney, and found a list of Sydney’s Top 10 Yumcha Places. Next time, I’m definitely trying something from that list.

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