Don’t cha wish your dumplings were hot like these? It’s about to steamy up in here, so get your (pork) buns out – today we’re discovering the wonderful world of Brisbane’s yum cha. Join us as we journey through our top picks, and determine if they rice to the occasion, or just dis-soy-point. (Spoiler – they’re all eggcellent).
Sechuan Bang Bang | Paddington
What are you doing on Sunday’s from 11:30am ‘til 3:00pm? Well we’re glad you asked, because you’ll be enjoying an endless supply of yum cha at Sechuan Bang Bang. For just $35 per head, order as much hot, steamy deliciousness as you can eat, with a drink included!
Landmark | Sunnybank & Chermside
Don’t let the crowd turn you away from this popular yum cha destination. Although it may be busy (a good sign), their service is second to none – and you’ll get your crispy skinned duck and fresh mud crab before you can say “should I also order the deep-fried taro puffs” (which, yes, you should).
Yum Cha Cuisine | Indooroopilly
Just like the name, we’re going to be straight to the point – we love this place. Feast on souper tasty bowls of crab and sweet corn, king prawns with honey sauce and pan-fried silver cod – and if you’re feeling adventurous or just nostalgic, you can’t go past deep-fried ice cream.
Bamboo Basket | South Bank & Hamilton
Our focus is on dumplings at Bamboo Basket. You’re going to need to be rolled out after you’ve downed a few Xiao Long Bao – steamed Shanghai style pork dumplings with soup filling – but if you can’t take any more (impossible, but okay) try their Bamboo Basket Roast Peking Duck.
King of Kings | Fortitude Valley
We’re wheely excited every time we see the trolley of wonderful dishes approaching our table at King of Kings. If endless green tea isn’t your cup of… green tea, they’re BYO – and everyone knows booze and spring rolls are a perfect pair.
Guang Zhou Lou | Underwood
Adventurous eating is all part of the Guang Zhou Lou experience, but if pig’s ears or deep-fried intestines are on your ‘rather not’ list, they’ve also got a huge selection of classic yum cha dishes like pork ribs, whole prawns and deep-fried sesame balls for dessert.
So do you think you have what it takes to feast your way through this list? We believe in you.
Words by Sophia Lunn, the gourmand who always over-orders at yum cha but eats it all anyway.