The round-up: dine on dim sum at the best yum cha in Brisbane
If there is anything that we love more than steamed dumplings and pork buns, it’s large quantities of steamed dumplings and pork buns. Yum cha is one cuisine that we will always have room in our stomach for, and it is a good idea to come hungry. If you are a novice when it comes to authentic Chinese yum cha, we suggest ticking a few spots of this list to get the best experience.
Landmark Restaurant: Any outing for the best yum cha in Brisbane should start at Sunnybank Plaza’s Landmark Restaurant. This gargantuan restaurant has long been the go-to spot for top-quality seafood and baskets of bites from steamed dumplings to chicken feet (they’re delicious – trust us).
Haoke Seafood Restaurant: Another staple of the Sunnybank dining scene, Haoke Seafood Restaurant also brings the goods when it comes to yum cha. Order some tea to start (it helps with digestion) then sample the likes of siu mai (pork dumplings), fried taro dumplings and pork ribs.
Sichuan Bang Bang: Every Sunday, Sichuan Bang Bang in Paddington opens its doors for a few hours of yum cha fun. The likes of pan-fried pork soup dumplings, pork and prawn siu mai, prawn and tofu skin spring rolls, salt and pepper tofu and prawn and coriander steamed rice skin dumplings are available from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm.
King of Kings: Lording over Chinatown Mall is Fortitude Valley institution King of Kings – one of Brisbane’s most iconic spots for yum cha. If you like the sound of steamed dumplings by the score, deep-fried glutinous dumplings, steamed dim sum, king prawn balls and deep-fried squid tentacles then book a table immediately.
Bamboo Basket: With locations at South Bank and Portside, those craving their body weight in dim sum can easily get in on the action at Bamboo Basket. Pan-fried beef pancakes, roast duck and prawn dumplings, pork wontons, and steamed pork dumplings with soup filling are just a fraction of the morsels at your fingertips.
Suncrop Seafood Restaurant: Our favourite four-word combo (even more so than ‘I love you, too’) is ‘all you can eat’. Across the road from the Emporium in Fortitude Valley is a spot that promises bottomless yum cha at lunch on weekdays. Yep, that means you can gorge on chive dumplings, chicken feet, pork rib and beef tripe until you are fit to explode.
Golden Lane: Another star of Sunnybank Plaza is Golden Lane, a 300-seater that offers a range of yum cha bites including traditional Shanghai-style buns, chicken feet, seafood siu mai, marinated jellyfish and spring rolls.
7 Palace: Inala locals and die-hard yum cha fans rave about 7 Palace – a great spot to sink your teeth into traditional Chinese-style yum cha. Produce from local growers are used exclusively in all dishes, which include steamed satay calamari, pork-filled bean curp wraps, baked barbecue pork buns and rice noodle rolls.
Yum Cha Cuisine: Boasting locations in Carindale, Garden City, Indooroopilly and Springfield, Yum Cha Cuisine has a firm grip on Brisbane’s tastebuds. With lunch, dinner and afternoon tea catered for, nearly any time is perfect for yum cha. We suggest ordering a serve of steamed prawn and duck rolls, sticky rice and meat wrapped in lotus leaves, red bean buns and deep-friend soft shell crab for starters (we dare you to stop there).
Aspley Oriental: The north side of Brisbane is home to another popular yum cha eatery with more morsels than you can shake a spring roll at. Whether it be steamed or deep fried, dim sum, har gau or siu mai – it’s bound to be worth a try.
Taste Gallery: For something delightfully fresh, tasty and a bit different, Sunnybank’s Taste Gallery has got you covered. The restaurant’s yum cha offering is loaded with traditional favourites and some awesome vegetarian options. Try the Shanghainese steamed mini pork bun with crab meat and the tofu and coriander salad – you won’t be disappointed.
The Manor Chinese Restaurant: She may not be the prettiest restaurant (or the closest), but The Manor serves up some seriously legit dim sum. Make the trip out to Eight Mile Plains to feast upon bamboo baskets crammed full of fluffy pork buns and perfectly pan-fried dumplings. This place is pumping late into the evening, serving up its eats until the clock strikes midnight.
Fat Noodle: Luke Nguyen’s schmick Asian fusion restaurant isn’t just good for a succulent feast – you can also get your hands on a primo selection of yum cha eats. Pork buns, dumplings, xiao long bao and unlimited jasmine green tea are just some of the tasty morsels you can wrap your lips around.
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