Yum Cha – Singapore
I’ve been blogging too much about French and Western food lately. So, I took a little trip to Chinatown with my mother for some dim sum. True to Chinese culture, we ordered too much for our own good.
(I’m trying a new picture jointer app to consolidate these photos as there were too many dishes!) Trying not to overload you with photos. 🙂
Yum Cha, meaning “drink tea” in Cantonese loosely translated to tea time/brunch time in Hong Kong where families or senior citizens gather in the middle of the afternoon or on weekends for a meal that can last as long as 4 hours, where they catch up, play chess or cards, eat dim sum and drink tea.
This restaurant has been around since I was a child. And I remembered always being filled with excitement whenever I was taken there. There are, of course, better and more expensive dim sum places. But Yum Cha is my childhood favourite.
My mother always told me a good Char Siew Pao always has four split openings to let the steam out as compared to factory-made paos. A bamboo tiffin of dim sum costs between $3.50-5.00. We also had har gau – prawn dumplings (虾饺), siew mai – pork dumplings (烧卖), xiao long bao – dumplings filled with pork and broth (小笼包), chee cheong fun (猪肠粉）- rice sheets filled with shrimp/pork and a small plate of seafood noodles ($11.00).
Although I’ve been to better places for dim sum, this place holds some nostalgia for me. There’s usually a baked goods section of dim sum where they have egg tarts but they ran out by the time I was there :(.
Yum Cha is located at
20 Trengganu Street (Off Temple Street)
#02-01 (Chinatown) Singapore 058479
Tel : 6372 1717
Mon to Fri: 11am – 11pm
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: 9am – 11pm