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?