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Published July 4th 2013
I have found on the Mornington Peninsula a fantastic restaurant for the novice Yum Cha diner. Restaurant Soy has many appealing features that other Chinese restaurants lack, such as noise level, over crowding and assuming knowledge of yum cha.
From Yum Cha @ Soy
Yum cha' in Cantonese means to drink tea, something I believe is a must when sampling the variety of foods on offer. I always order a pot of China tea as it is very relaxing and I find it helps the digestion of rich foods.
[ADVERT]Restaurant Soy should be described as the novice choice for Yum Cha mainly for two reasons. First, the staff are extremely helpful and second, during the week Yum Cha is limited to a photographed menu allowing those who have not attempted Yum Cha a chance to view what kind of dishes are on offer. Sundays at Soy offers traditional trolley service with extremely helpful staff.
Staff members are always willing to help and explain ingredients to customers. Noise levels are at a moderate pitch but not overbearing. The room is set up with beautiful oriental fans and lanterns around the room. Lunch begins at 12pm and finishes at 3pm while dinner begins at 5:30pm. It is located on the famous Mornington Main Street above Gloria Jeans with an outdoor eating area that looks out onto the bay.
Soy's Yum Cha offers traditional serves of dumplings, wontons, pork buns, black bean spare ribs, and salt and pepper squid. It also includes those gorgeous sweets like egg custard tarts, custard buns and mango jelly (these you just can't turn away and are a must for anyone trying Yum Cha). What really made me enjoy this occasion more was that when we received the salt and pepper squid, the waiter was kind enough to explain that the tentacles used in the dish would be a little chewier compared to calamari. This I thought was very thoughtful as some might have thought the squid was off or over cooked which I have often thought before when I have eaten chewy squid.
The only down side is that the Yum Cha does not cater for vegans. However, there is an a la carte menu that is possible to alter for vegans. Of course you do not have to have yum cha, especially if there is a favourite dish you just want to have. There are also gluten free options. Moreover, I think having the Yum Cha option allows you to try a little taste of everything.
This restaurant gets thumbs up from me and I happily recommend it to anyone who loves Chinese or for that matter who loves Yum Cha. For more information visit the website or call them to make a booking on 5975 5311.