22 Kensington Park Road (Serangoon Garden Country Club)
Tel : 6343 1717
Yum Cha Restaurants first opened its doors in the heart of Chinatown. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, they offer a unique dining experience – be it for lunch or dinner. From morning to high-tea daily, be sure to indulge yourself in authentic dim sum specialties.
After searching high and low, my friend and I were feeling hungrier than before. However, that did not make the dim sum experience better. The service was a little slow though there were only a few customers. We did not opt for the buffet as we were not sure of the standard of the food. The dim sum menu was pretty much the same as compared to other restaurants with some exceptions like the XO siew mai. The taste of the XO siew mai was indeed unique. Other than that, the taste of the other items (har gow, egg tarts, fried wantons, char siew buns) were average. The prices for the dim sum were a little above average though.
After this experience, I guess Yum Cha did not make it to my personal must-go list for dim sum restaurants.
Shark's fin soup, salted egg prawns, black pepper crabs, fried vermicelli and Mango sago to just name a few dishes, we were really impressed. Shark's fin soup came with normal broth and a chunk of shark's fin. Vinegar and pepper was added vigorously for flavor. Their salted egg prawns was served in a bowl, all sitting, or rather, hanging pretty by their tails on to the mouth of a bowl. It was quite a conversation piece at the table. Coated evenly in salted egg yolk before being wok-fried, it was a crowd-pleaser for our table.
And who could go wrong with black pepper Sri Lankan crabs? Big meaty crabs that were spicy with fragrant crushed black pepper bits, there was nary a piece left except for the garnishing that came with it. The fried vermicelli was springy and had generous amounts of seafood in it. Mango sago rounded up the meal with it's cold sago soup and mango chunks with pomelo sacs.
We came away from a joyous occasion at Yum Cha with pleasant memories of good food to tag it to.
The service was quite slow. When the food arrived, we immediately feasted on the dim sum..we've also tried the salted egg prawn (good presentation but unfortunately, the flavor did not sink-in inside the prawn), shark's fin in hot stone (average taste) and the Kailan with scallops (average taste).
Based on the selections that we've tried, only the dim sum were satisfying but still not worth the price.
Service is quite prompt as well, although the waitresses are always busy and rushing about.
There is one thing that I do not like about Yum Cha though; it is on the expensive side.
If you should want to visit Yum Cha, I think it wise that you do not go down during brunch on the weekends, or at least on a Saturday. I tried going down at 2 pm one fine Saturday and the queue was horrendous. The queue did not move fast as well.
Yum Cha would be great for you if you were in Chinatown, you're craving dim sum in the middle of the night, and you would prefer eating it in a clean, air-conditioned, restaurant environment. And, of course, you would not mind paying about $4 per basket of dim sum.
The range of dim sum at Yum Cha is extensive, and they also serve a few uncommon types of dim sum that are hard to find elsewhere. For example, they don't just serve the standard siew mai, but also variations of siew mai such as XO siew mai. I highly recommend the har gau and char siew paus, which were really quite tasty, so tasty I ordered more servings.
The dim sum at Yum Cha is also rather affordable; the standard price for most dim sum restaurants and their dim sum is worth the prices you have to pay.
Another dish which I really enjoyed was the egg tart. The tart was buttery and cripsy while the egg custard was soft, creamy and fragrant.
A very value for money dim sum buffet. Would certainly head back for more in future.
Some of the dishes I really enjoyed include their mango prawn, which is sweet and crispy. I love the proportion of mango to prawn and it isn’t overly sweet. The mango pudding is really tasty too, not too artificial tasting like some mango puddings can be. I also really enjoyed their bite sized egg tarts. These are perfect to be popped into your mouth, and the pastry is nice and crispy.
What I didn’t really enjoy was their vegetable dumpling, which had a really strange taste, possibly due to a large amount of celery used.
Of particular mention is their XO siew mai. Although it did take awhile to come, the wait was worth it. The flavour is unlike any siew mai I have ever tasted before and really gives it a unique edge.
My family and I was at Yum Cha on a weekday morning just two weeks ago. It was hard to find a parking lot as in Chinatown, the only parking lots are those parallel ones outside the restaurant. Lucky if you get a lot there, if not you might have to park somewhere else and walk over. We got a table pretty fast and ordered our food. We ordered the usual stuff like BBQ pork buns, steamed pork and shrimp dumplings, har gau (prawn dumplings), chickens' feet and egg tarts. My sister ordered some rice rolls as well. None of the food, except for the egg tarts, left a great a impression in me. The egg tarts were petite in sized and easily devoured in one whole bite. The pastry was buttery and the egg custard was so smooth and soft. Sweetness level was just right! I totally enjoyed the egg tarts, so much so that I had a box taken away.
I actually prefer other restaurants for dim sum and I probably would only come back here for their egg tarts.