When most people think about Yum Cha, they think about a late morning to early afternoon meal. However, if you are an advocate of breakfast for dinner, then you will enjoy Yum Cha for supper. Moreover, with a limited number of restaurants staying open after midnight, people who function better at sundown or shift workers can now add these restaurants to their list of supper places.
First up, the Manor Chinese Restaurant in Eight Mile Plains starts Yum Cha service at 9pm and continues till 2am. Located in the Corner of Gaskell Street and Angel Street, this restaurant is indeed a hidden gem. Furthermore, this restaurant is amazingly open on most nights, including those of public holidays. So if nothing else is opened, head down to this restaurant. Be sure to try the Chrysanthemum flower tea and fried prawn dumplings. It is well worth the calories.
Another late night Yum Cha restaurant is the Big Gun Chinese Restaurant in Underwood. Located at 2922 Logan Road, this restaurant starts Yum Cha service at 9:30pm and only ends at 3am! Some goodies from this place include steamed sweet and fluffy pork buns, honeycomb tripe and creamy egg tarts.
Before I end, there are some things to note whenever you go out for Yum Cha (late morning or late night): 1. When your teapot is empty, lift the lid off and leave it half open. It is a signal to wait staff that you would like more tea. 2. Ask for hot sauce if you prefer to turn the heat up a notch!
3. Be brave and try something different every time. You never know if you like it till you try it. 4. Don't get turned off by any perceived rudeness by waitstaff, it is how authentic yum cha shops operate.