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Published May 5th 2013
Yum Cha is the much-loved dining experience but it is rather a common frustration when there is always a long waiting time for a table. So, when you have a great appetite for dim sim, but you simply don't get the time, what can you do?
There are a few convenient places where you can enjoy dim sim fairly quickly without the hassle of queuing up. Here's my pick of some of the fast eating places for dim sim across Inner West, City and North Shore.
1. The Multicultural Food Hall in the Balmain Market
If you live in Inner West, the small food hall in the Balmain Market is a good place to start with. Balmain Market is indeed the 3rd oldest market amongst the markets in Sydney, and it is where the St Andrews Congregational Church is located. A unique and lovely environment. Inside the market, you can find the food hall offering you a limited selection including Chinese food and Turkish food.
It is a great place to fill up your stomach before or after your shopping in the Balmain Market. The Chinese food stall offers quite a good selection of dumplings. The combination dumpling set is possibly the most popular choice among the patrons; the set includes 2 pieces of prawn dumplings, 2 pieces of pork dumplings and 3 pieces of vegetarian dumplings ($6.5). It is a good value. Alternatively, you can pick and choose the dim sim you like if you don't like the pre-set combination. It is homely to seat at the communal table covered by the blue table cloth.
Where: 230 Darling Street, the Balmain Market, Balmain Note: Church Grounds. Darling St & Curtis Rd Balmain (Opp Gladstone Park)
Opening Hours: Sat 8:30 am - 4 pm
Enquires: 02 9555 1791
2. Hokka Hokka, Central Plaza
Located in the heart of the city, Hokka Hokka is an Asian fast food outlet serving up Asian hot food and a noodle bar. Luckily the shop also offers a limited choice of dim sim, including a small set of steamed dumplings (pictured, priced at $5.5) and vegetarian spring rolls ($1.5 per piece).
Hidden in the less known Lemon Grove Centre, you can find Lemon Grove Delicious Gourmet. The shop front of the eatery is not so inviting but the quality of the dim sim is good. Over more than 15 choices on menu including popular dessert like egg tarts, there is something for everyone. The price of dim sim ranges between $6.2 and $6.5.
The food photos are displayed at the counter. You order the food you want, and you will be given a small paper with a number on it. Very often it take the shop 10 minutes to get the food ready. Once the food is ready, the shop assistant will call your number and you just take them to a seat in the food court.
Where : Shop 18 / 427 Victoria Ave, Chatswood Lemon Grove Centre
Opening Hours: Opens 7 days 10.30 am - 5 pm
Enquires: 02 9411 6788
4. Bring Pre-Packaged Dim Sim To Home
Most of Asian grocery supermarkets carry pre-packaged dim sim. For example you can go to CITISUPER in the city ($3.45 per pack) or some Asian supermarkets in China Town. There is an array of selection to whet your appetite.
Once you bring the dim sim packs home, you can put them in your freezer if you want to save them for later consumption. De-froze them and steam them whenever you want. Isn't it cool that you can enjoy dim sim while you are watching your favourite TV program at home? It's also pretty handy when you have a sleepless night or you're simply feeling hungry in the middle of the night.
To make it a bit authentic, you can also put dumplings into the bamboo basket for steaming. It is easy to buy bamboo baskets in most of Asian grocery supermarkets
You can buy a pre-packaged dim sim and steam them at your home