In late November, a new Chinese eatery is set to open in the hustle and bustle of Tsim Sha Tsui. Featuring an interactive open-kitchen with a dining area that's eloquently decorated with traditional wares, such as birdcages, grey and gold colours and hexagonal shapes that symbolise balance and union, YUM CHA, literally means ‘drink tea’. It provides an ambiance of East-meets-West and offers contemporary Chinese dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients without any added MSG.
Goldfish bowl plate
To get started, we are presented with three different appetisers that are neat and tidy in their presentation. There is pickled cucumber, cucumber wrapped garlic shrimp and winter melon. The winter melon impresses the most with its refreshing taste and tasty notes of a scrumptious orange-scented dressing.
Apart from the emphasis on the use of high quality ingredients, they promise many camera-worthy moments from their dishes and a complete dim sum menu. The classic sticky rice is unusually shaped like trigonal pyramids and the ha gao is very appetising due to it being enveloped in a colourful wrap.
Sticky rice dumplings
Shrimp & vegetable dumpling
Hot custard buns
Crispy pineapple puff
Yet the most adorable moment would have to be the barbecue pork piggy buns. They are visually interesting and are meant to inspire many camera-eats-first moments. They are so aesthetically pleasing that you'll feel bad eating them!
BBQ piggy buns
Next we are presented with the mains for the evening including an interesting nutrient-packed organic kale that is stir-fried with goji berries and a lily bulb and then a dish of braised Chinese cabbage complete with generous portions of rose-shaped Parma ham.
Organic kale with garlic
Baby cabbage with Parma ham
Some of our favourites were the spicy butter prawns with the added crunchiness of oatmeal, the juicy and tender Wagyu beef cubes, that come coated in a flavourful pepper sauce and the egg white-fried rice that they cook in squid ink for an interesting twist on a classic dish.
Spicy butter oatmeal prawns
Black peppered Wagyu beef
Egg white & seafood fried-rice
The delightful evening draws to an end with the presentation of a traditional egg tart, with a puff pastry case and a cinnamon-dusted apple topping. The puff is served with a very generous serving of mango pudding, which is equally delicious.
Mango sago + cotton cloud
楊枝甘露 + 棉花雲
Apple-rosette egg tarts
Throughout our YUM CHA experience, this new dim sum spot has been full of classy inspirations and creative dishes. They are also opening a second location, together with their sister restaurant – Urban Park in Sheung Wan, so make sure to drop by in early December, you surely won't regret it!
Hot custard buns
Website or Tel: 2751 1666
Open Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30-15:00, 18:00-23:00