What You Order at Yum Cha? (Dim Sum)

Inspired by the How Expensive post.

The various steam dumplings+siu mai are a given I reckon.

Or list your most favourite dishes.

First things that came for me are:
Steamed prawn rolls (Cheong fun),
Fried stuffed crab claw, sugarcane prawn
Fried taro dumpling,

Comments

  • +12 votes

    Chicken feet is a must as you dont normally get it elsewhere. LOL

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      My dogs love chicken feet - uncooked!

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      I had a pretty bad experience with that once. I ate at a popular yumcha place in Docklands and the my first bit of the chicken feet tasted like chicken shit. I assume they didn't wash it properly before cooking it. I started dry-retching and tears were rolling down my face. I eventually threw up.

      But I haven't let that put me off from ordering it every time (from different places!).

      • +2 votes

        how do you know what chicken shit tastes like?

        • +2 votes

          When you eat it, it goes up your nose and damn.. it smells as bad as it tastes! Especially as you're chewing it!

  • +3 votes

    stomach and tripe is quite good
    it's really the texture and thought of it u have to get over it
    it has not flavour

    egg tarts
    tofu pudding (in a large bamboo pot)
    order noodles dish and not from the cart
    the carrot slice that's fried is nice
    rice noodles, try the fried one

    don't have the boiled veggies (rip off)
    don't have the BBQ meats (usually left overs)

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      Not all the places do tripe and pork ribs nicely, but cooked right and it’s delicious.

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        true, u kinda have to have a look at it when they open and show you

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      don't have the boiled veggies (rip off)

      Yes.. this! The few times I've looked at the price at the end, it's like $15 or so for a plate of boiled/steamed veggies in hoi sin sauce.

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        yeah its 1 buck at chinese supermarkets lol
        or 3 bucks at woolies

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    Custurd buns that are baked. Steamed ones are not as good.

    Durian mochi - not very traditional but I love it.

    But same with har guo and sui mai, I tend to order some glutinous rice since they are good for filling up.

  • +1 vote

    Sub topic to the yum cha. What tea do you guys order?

    Gog po/po lei/pu erh depending on the dialect for me is my go to tea for yum cha. Keep to try others

    Edit: slight confusion/mix up with the tea. Gog po is a combination of chrysanthemum and po lei or pu erh depending on dialect

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      Tieguanyin / Oolong, or Jasmine, if I don't really feel like having tea…

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        Ah! Titgunyam! I haven't had that in years. Will be ordering that next time

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        Tieguanyin

        aka. Iron Buddha

    • +1 vote

      Just chrysanthemum

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      Chrysanthemum tea for me, but I usually prefer a softdrink with the fizz because it helps with the oily mouth!

  • +2 votes

    Chickens feet.
    used to retch at the thought of it.
    Now can't get enough of them (at least at yum cha)

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      which do u have
      the steam ones or the white vinegar ones

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        Steamed and braised ones
        Incredible taste

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    deep fried prawn dumplings

  • +6 votes
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      the best! I used to only order cheong fun from that yum cha "genre" until I discovered these, now its one of the first things I order

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        Yeah. Rice noodle roll wrapped around fried dough dipped into soy sauce — yum. However in most yum cha restaurant I've been to, you need to specifically order those from the waiter, as they don't come in the carts.

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        I've never tried these, it seemed a poor cousin to the meat/prawn versions. What's the attraction? Texture?

        • +1 vote

          Well, if you like the taste of "youtiao" or "you char kway" that you normally get with congee, then mix it with a rice noodle roll, add yummy sauce, you can't go wrong with that much flavour. Ever since I discovered them, I much prefer them to the meat/prawn versions, they're lighter and more flavourful in my opinion

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    +1 for chicken feet. And prawn dumplings, both steamed and fried

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    All the ones already mentioned plus:

    • Glutinous rice dumplings (deep fried)
    • Taro dumpling (deep fried)
    • Sticky rice with chicken wrapped in leafs (steamed)
    • Congee
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    Noones mentioned vegetables yet.

    Even though its boring: Steamed gailan with oyster sauce

    • +3 votes

      No, it's a rip off to order that at yumcha. Supplement your fibre elsewhere/dinner, don't order the overpriced veggies!

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      I too can't go past the steamed veg, yes I know it's expensive, but it's (usually) cooked perfectly tender crisp, is delicious, and is a good break from May and seafood dumplings. And there's usually a lot of it.

      I'd like to be able to replicate it at home to have with frozen yum cha.

  • +1 vote

    Lau sa bao (salted egg yolk custard bun). Yum!

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    char-siu bao (bbq pork buns), Cheung Fun (steamed rice noodle), Lo bak go (radish cake), Ham Sui Gok (fried glutinous rice dumplings)… im getting hungry……

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    Gao choi gow
    Phoenix feet
    Dan tart

    • +1 vote

      Phoenix feet

      Phoenix Claw

  • +1 vote

    This thread is bound to be far less odd than the other yum cha one.

    Completely phonetic. I don't know pinyin.

    • Har gao
    • Siew mai
    • Char siew bao (also the pastry one)
    • Ham sui gok
    • Dan tart
    • Lo Mai Gai
    • Jook (thousand year old egg and beef)
    • The pan fried radish thing
    • Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce
    • The other dumplings like the chives one
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      What about ?

      • Cheng Fan
      • Jar Leung
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        Honestly, I don't care for the fillings (beef, prawn). I occasionally eat the proper Gee Cheung (?) fan for brunch and prefer it that way.

        As for the Jar Leung: I just eat the ones they give you with the jook.

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          Gee Cheung (?) fan

          Pan fry, with the 50/50 sweet & peanut sauce?

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            @SF3: Ah no. We steam it. Get the fresh ones from the Asian grocer and eat it with oyster and chilli sauce.

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        What about "ham sup loh"? 😁

        • +1 vote

          Savoury Wet Dude 😆

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      "The pan fried radish thing" = radish cake?

  • +2 votes

    Those footballs covered in sesame seed with a little meat inside. What are they called? I always point at those. They come in a plate of 3.

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      Google "Haam Sui Gok", I think you might be thinking about those?

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        yep, yum

  • +4 votes

    if they call me "leng jai", then everything in that trolley

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      You’ll become the trolley ladies favourite. :)

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        In Hong Kong, most trolley ladies are in their 60's or more, very different in Australia

        • +1 vote

          They might be trying their luck calling everyone "leng jai" because, at that age, they'd be happy to get any "lap cheung"!

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      If you’re white they’ll call you that all the time.

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        yes, they also call them gweilo. ;)

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    All the steamed seafood (ha gao, ha cheung fun, etc), pork dumpling variants, and the ‘stuffed’ eggplant and capsicum. Skip the horrid pastry (chicken pie) and doughy (cha sui bao) stuff

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    any place that does decent har goa? Every place seems to do the imported from Mekong version

  • +1 vote

    bbq pork buns /the kids love cha shu bao
    bbq pork
    roast duck
    pork dim sum/sui mai
    rice noodle prawn
    har gow
    eggplant and capsicum
    all the dumplings /prawn pork vegetable seafood
    mango pudding/pancakes
    red bean sesame balls

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    Generally it is not labelled so I just get whatever looks like it has the highest meat content, other than chicken feet.

  • +2 votes

    I usually request 6 trays of prawn dumplings for myself.

    They would normally come back and ask if that's really something I ordered because a tray has 4 dumplings.

    I look at them and respond "Yes', I generally eat 24 prawn dumplings myself.

    I also order:
    Chicken Feet
    Scallop dumplings
    Spinach dumplings
    Salt and pepper squid
    Bbq pork bun

    I dip everything with chilli oil and chilli paste