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Where is the Best Yum Cha in Adelaide?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published October 6th 2014
Yum cha literally means drink tea, but in Australia we generally use it to describe a meal or different kinds of food whether or not there's any tea involved.



Yum cha menus typically include things like delicious dumplings, char siu bao pork buns, or rice rolls served in little bamboo steaming baskets or plates to share. The more adventurous orderers can try things like chickens feat or tripe.

So where is Adelaide's best yum cha? Is it a favourite because of the quality of the food? Or does it just offer the best whole experience?

Head to Gouger Street and you've got a plethora of yum cha options. Two of the most popular ones are Star House and Ding Hao. Both fill up on weekends and you'll be amazed that waiters manage to fit those carts through all the tables. People often argue about which one has the best food, or who offers the best service, but both put on a pretty great spread.

An old Irish pub is the sort of place you'd least expect to find a Chinese restaurant, but that's exactly the case at Citi Zen. Located on King William street, it's another popular yum cha option.

Of course if it's pork buns and dumplings you're after you can always skip the yum cha restaurants altogether and just head to food courts at the Central Market, Rundle Place, or Southern Cross Arcade. You'll don't get the appeal of ticking your items off a list and selecting from food trolleys, but there are still plenty of options to enjoy tasty food.

So what do you think? Where can you find Adelaide's best yum cha? What's your favourite dish?
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T-chow on Moonta St in Chinatown had a beautiful Yum Cha. The food was very fresh and seemed more 'refined' than others. Also, not too busy on a Sunday morning.
by Lor62 (score: 0|2) 1746 days ago
Easter garden Chinese restaurant........green hill road glenunga sa
by Pbsno (score: 0|2) 1746 days ago
Little Canton Chinese Restaurant at Torrensville Shopping Centre Henley Beach Road had the best yum cha I have had in ages.
by leean (score: 0|2) 1746 days ago
Gouger Street B B Q Inn
by Russell (score: 0|2) 1744 days ago
Citi Zen, King William St. Top quality HK yum cha, the best in Adelaide I believe.
by jkrus (score: 0|2) 1744 days ago
great article - I'm desperate to try some yum cha again but have been diagnosed as gluten intolerant - does anyone know of a great chinese restaurant that actually caters to coeliacs? I have been very ill after eating at a couple of places, despite the fact that they assured me their food was safe
by Laura (score: 0|5) 1703 days ago
Ding Hao.(Gouger Street) We were there again for lunch yesterday absolutely beautiful. Totally Wrapped Gifts (Melrose Park)
by total (score: 0|2) 1469 days ago

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