10 great Yum Cha restaurants to check out this Chinese New Year

With Chinese New Year upon us there has never been a better time to dive into to some dim sum. In honour of the year of the dog, here’s our pick of the litter from around the country.

 

If you’ve got money to burn, a visit to Mr Wong’s will never disappoint. Branch out from your usual dim sum fare of dumplings and duck pancake and lash out on mud crab or sweet scallops.  Not to say the dumplings aren’t divine – they are!

Hidden away on the top floor of Sydney’s Market City, The Eight is a beloved yum cha joint renowned for its succulent rice noodles, soft pork buns and steamed dumplings to die for. Dessert fans will love the mango pancakes.

A Haymarket favourite of students and families, Marigold Chinese offers food packed with flavour alongside friendly service from its waiters, who bustle past with their laden trolleys offering selection of fabulous fare. And unlike many dim sum restaurants, Marigold has plenty on offer for vege-lovers which makes a welcome change for the vegetarians in your party.

4. Northbridge Chinese [Perth]

If you wanna grab yum cha at this popular suburban Perth restaurant you’d best get up early as the lines are known to stretch around the block. Why? Could it be the salt egg bun or is it the pan-fried pork bun? You be the judge…

5. New Moon [Perth]

With its harsh lighting and food court style tables, no one comes to New Moon for the ambience. But what it lacks in décor it makes up for with fabulous food. With dim sum served day and night every day of the week, why not avoid the weekend crowds and hit up New Moon on a weekday? Don’t forget to try the salt and pepper squid and the custard tarts are a must!

This Neil Perry offering located inside Crown Casino offers a truly opulent yum cha experience. Open seven days a week, you can expect your palette to be titillated with a tantalising blend of provincial Chinese cuisine.

Looking for an authentic dim sum experience than look no further than Red Door. The food at Red Door leans towards the flavours of Shanghai and Beijing, so expect plenty of seafood – with lobster, scallop, prawn and crab featuring high on the menu not to mention the Beijing Beef meatballs which really have a kick!

A popular venue for Chinese wedding receptions, the Landmark is also a go-to spot for locals on a mission to dive into delicious yum cha. This massive restaurant with is chandeliers and banquet style seating, offer top quality dishes. Keep an eye out for the chicken feet – it’s a house speciality.

9. Haoke Seafood restaurant [Brisbane]

Like Landmark, Haoke Seafood is another go to of Brisbane’s Sunnybank area. It dishes up some of the best dumplings on the market. And if you’re in the mood for pork ribs – theirs are finger-licking good.

Located in the heart of Brisbane hot spot Paddington, Sichuan Bang Bang offers punters fabulous yum cha every weekend. If you’re a lover of soup dumplings – this is the place to go. It also does a great line of tofu dishes for your vegan and vego friends, with salt and pepper tofu a real winner. Get there early or be prepared to queue.

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Cec is the managing editor of KBB. She is a multimedia professional with over fifteen years experience as an editor on titles as diverse as SX, CULT, Better Pictures, Total Rock, MTV, fasterlouder, mynikonlife and Fantastic Living. She has spent the past four years working as a news journalist covering all the issues that matter in the political, health and LGBTIQ arena. She is the Head of Content at Pinstripe Media and a recent convert to the world of small business.

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