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 off this list to get the best experience.
Landmark Restaurant, Sunnybank, Chermside and Inala: Any outing for the best yum cha in Brisbane should start at Landmark Restaurant. This gargantuan restaurant (which now boasts three locations across town) 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, Sunnybank Hills: 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.
King of Kings, Fortitude Valley: 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. Take note – King of Kings is currently closed for renovations, but it is scheduled to reopen in May!
Yum Cha Cuisine, Carindale, Garden City, Indooroopilly and Springfield: Boasting locations all over town, 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).
Bamboo Basket, South Bank and Hamilton: 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.
Golden Lane, Sunnybank: 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.
Brisbane Phoenix, Brisbane City: Phoenix is a Sydney-born restaurant concept that specialises in yum cha delicacies as well as a sizeable a la carte menu of contemporary Chinese dishes. Located in Brisbane Quarter’s podium-level dining precinct, the 180-seat venue baskets of fresh crab-meat xiao long bao, king prawn and bamboo shoot dumplings, scallop and caviar shumai, steamed pork ribs in mild chilli sauce and pan-fried prawn, kimchi Shanghai dumplings and much more.
Little Valley, Fortitude Valley: This neo-Chinese restaurant is a feast for the senses – its melting-pot menu of updated traditional dishes has got diners flocking. Enjoy chicken wontons with aged vinegar, truffle and prawn har gow, chilli crab and pork xiao long bao, salted duck egg custard buns, and bottomless hot and cold-brew Tavalon Organic herbal teas.
Aspley Oriental, Aspley: 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, Sunnybank: 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.
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