Lo­cal food:

Five of the best spots for yum cha

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - CONTENTS -

Yum cha is the de­li­cious Chi­nese prac­tice of en­joy­ing small por­tions of var­i­ous dim sum dishes between sips of Chi­nese tea. Whether they are steamed, pan or deep-fried, the dishes com­pris­ing yum cha are best shared with fam­ily or friends.

Cas­tle Zayee

Cas­tle Zayee boasts more than 30 op­tions on its yum cha menu (prices start from $5) at this cas­tle turned Chi­nese res­tau­rant. Each one of the di­verse dishes is made with par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to de­tail. Ev­ery el­e­ment is made fresh in store us­ing qual­ity in­gre­di­ents and tra­di­tional meth­ods. The chefs take no short­cuts when pre­par­ing their au­then­tic and in­no­va­tive meals. Some of the most pop­u­lar in­clude che­ung fun, prawn dumplings and chicken feet. 52 Creek Rd, Le­nah Val­ley

Me Wah Res­tau­rant

Me Wah’s motto is to make sure only the best lo­cal pro­duce goes into their tra­di­tional Can­tonese dumplings on their yum cha menu. The dishes (from $8-16) are pre­pared by a clas­si­cally trained Hong Kong dim sum chef. They are best en­joyed in a ca­sual, lively brunch with friends or fam­ily. The most pop­u­lar dumpling op­tion is the steamed prawn dumpling with bam­boo ($12 for 4). 16 Mag­net Court, Sandy Bay

Asian Gourmet on the Pier Tao House Bistro

The spe­cial yum cha menu at Tao House Bistro is served on Satur­days and Sun­days only. From 12-3pm you can peruse the menu of 23 items priced from $5.80$9.80. Dishes in­clude var­i­ous dumplings, curry beef puffs, chicken spring rolls, pork and prawn bean­curd rlls, XO radish cakes and BBQ pork buns. Step out­side the norm for a taste of Black Bean Chicken Feet ($5.80) or Beef Ten­don and radish ($6.80). 252 Mac­quarie St, Ho­bart Yum cha at Asian Gourmet on the Pier is the per­fect ex­cuse to get to­gether with friends or fam­ily for ca­sual day­time din­ing. Avail­able for shar­ing are the prawn dumplings ($9.90 3 pieces), steamed dim sums ($7.90 per serve), con­gee (a big bowl of Chi­nese rice por­ridge, serves 3-4 for $12) and much more. En­joy wa­ter views as you de­vour these dishes, ev­ery el­e­ment of which is made fresh in store each day. u60/4 Franklin Wharf, Ho­bart

Mu Lan

There are many de­li­cious dishes in the 30-strong yum cha menu at Mu Lan. From duck dumplings made with diced duck breast, chest­nut, veg­eta­bles and house­made hoisin sauce ($6.90 for 3 pieces) to roasted duck or pork, salt and pep­per cala­mari and egg cus­tard tarts. Yum cha is avail­able from 12-3pm Thurs­day to Sun­day. A yum cha trol­ley is avail­able on Mother’s and Fa­ther’s day and other spe­cial oc­ca­sions. 343 El­iz­a­beth St, North Ho­bart

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