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Published August 22nd 2015
Mouth-watering dumplings in the heart of Federation Square
I've just had a lovely yum cha lunch with friends at Bokchoy Tang - conveniently located in the heart of bustling Federation Square.
Yum cha is an old favourite of mine and I am always on the lookout for a good one. Having only landed in Melbourne a few months back, I still feel like a kid in a candy shop. So much choice, so little time.
The food at Bokchoy Tang did not disappoint. There were all the usual yum cha favourites - prawn dumplings, pork buns, steamed sticky rice - and everything was freshly prepared.
Pork buns at Bokchoy Tang
It was a little different to most of my yum cha experiences - more upmarket, less customers and food ordered from the menu and cooked fresh. There wasn't a food trolley in sight.
The pork buns were steaming hot and absolutely delicious. The various dumplings we ordered were just as impressive. Possibly the only disappointment for me was the sticky rice - not the best I've had.
Prawn dumplings at Bokchoy Tang
Despite the waiter (very politely!) telling us that we were ordering too much, we still had room to share a few desserts. I can never go past the egg tarts and one of my friends ordered the custard buns and a green tea cake served with ice cream.
We were advised that the egg tarts would be at least twenty minutes - not a problem for us as we weren't in a hurry - and they were every bit worth the wait. Still warm from the oven and completely mouth-watering.
Green tea cake at Bokchoy Tang
The surroundings at Bokchoy Tang are ornate, but still very comfortable. We couldn't fault the service - very attentive and friendly waiters helped to make our lunch relaxing and enjoyable.
Our meal cost just over $30 each which I thought was good value, considering we had a very generous serve of nine savoury dishes and three sweet dishes to share.
If you're looking for a bustling restaurant where you can grab plates of dumplings and be finished in twenty minutes, Bokchoy Tang may not be for you. But it is definitely a great place to enjoy a leisurely yum cha with scrumptious, freshly cooked food.