Dim Sum? Yum Cha? Same thing, right? Which ever you like to call it, there are so many places out there and everybody has different favourites. I have been eating yum cha (yes this is how I know it to be) for as long as I can remember. It’s the perfect meal to share with family, and with my family being ever so big, it’s always a great way to catch up over good food.
When I was little, my family used to go to the one with the red curtains near Woolworths on Hughes Street (sadly I have forgotten their name and have been closed for some time now), and then as the years went on we merged to Vinh Phat then Golden Star Palace (which has now closed) then Iron Chef but now we seem to only go to Fortune8. It has been around for a while but for some reason we have only just discovered it and has now become a family favourite.
See what Biggie and I have for brunch this time. Note – for a party of 2 it may seem like we eat a lot (and I suppose we do =P)
Har Cheong Fun – Steamed Rice Rolls with Prawns
I find that Fortune8 make it this dish the best – the steamed rice rolls are perfectly cooked and have a soft texture which helps to absorb the diluted sweetened soy sauce. Most other places serve it quite hard and it’s not pleasant at all. I’ve always known for it to be slimy and flimsy with it breaking down so easily in the mouth.
Pai Gwut – Steamed Pork Spare Ribs
I love me some good ol’ spare ribs. It’s so tender and has the perfect ratio of fat to meat. One of my all time favouites.
Fung Jiao – Steamed Chicken Feet
I know chicken feet is a hit and miss with people, but I’ve grown up with it so I am one of those who love it. It is beautifully steamed whilst absorbing the sweet black bean and chilli marinade with the skin and cartilage essentially falling off the bone.
Kai Lan – Steamed Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce
Can’t go wrong with steamed veggies with a little sauce on the side. It is a great to have some vegetables to break up all the meat dishes.
Siu Mai – Pork Dumplings
My childhood favourite and I am a sucker for these dumplings! Using one chopstick to poke right in the middle of the siu mai, dip in the yum cha chilli sauce and taking one bite in is heaven to me, even til this day.
Har Gow – Prawn Dumplings
The glutinous rice wrapper gets me all the time. I really enjoy the texture with the juicy prawn inside.
Deep Fried Har Gow – Prawn Dumplings
Deep frying the har gow gives a much needed crunchy texture. This works well with any condiment - chilli sauce, the mayonnaise or even the sweet and sour sauce.
Our feast for two
The above dishes are always a must order for anyone in my family – it feels like they are the epitome of yum cha. For two piggies, the bill came to a total of $36.20. For 7 dishes thats an average of $5.17 per dish – that’s ridiculous! And mind you, every dish came out steaming hot and was spot on with all the flavours. SCORE! I definitely know that if you had the same feast elsewhere, the prices would sky rocket. And this is why I’ll say I loveeeeeeee Cabramatta =)
Because there was only 2 of us this time, there were a lot of other things we didn’t get to eat which I love to. When going as a group we usually also get:
- Lor Bak Gou – Fried Turnip/Radish Cake
- Chai Tow Kway – Fried carrot cake
- Lo Mai Gai - Lotus Leaf Sticky Rice
- Wu Kok – Deep fried taro/yam with minced pork
- Yau Yu Sou – Deep Fried Calamari
- Dan Taat – Egg Tarts
There are a few other items to add to the above list but I have no idea what they are called or how to translate the words into English – I’m not even going to bother to try. It just feels like your options are endless which is why I love yum cha!
I have so many favourites whenever I make a trip to yum cha. So tell me readers, what’s always on your order list when you go? =)
Fortune8 Chinese Restaurant
34/47 Park Road
Cabramatta NSW 2166
Tel: +61 2 9727 8988