From lazy Susans and rattling trolleys to messy tables crowded with baskets, the ritual of yum cha remains a beloved Australian dining tradition.
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Mr. Wong, NSW3/14
Dan Hong’s fine-dining Cantonese restaurant in Sydney’s CBD serves à la carte yum cha, including excellent roast duck and chive dumplings and luscious prawn toast topped with foie gras.
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Golden Palace, Qld7/14
A classic eatery in the heart of Fortitude Valley, Golden Palace has been feeding Brisbane dumpling fans for generations. Don’t miss the chicken sticky rice wrapped in a lotus leaf or white ox tripe with ginger and shallot.
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Here’s one for the vegetarians. Zenhouse has been serving Radelaide residents vegetarian and vegan yum cha options since 2006. Try steamed mini lotus buns and crisp, puffy salt and pepper tofu.
Flower Drum, Vic10/14
One of Melbourne’s oldest and most respected Chinese restaurants, Flower Drum offers refined classics made with the best Australian produce and is frequented by rock stars and Hollywood celebs.
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Northbridge Chinese Restaurant11/14
If you’re not visiting this inner-city Perth institution for the Chinese doughnuts stuffed with prawn and wrapped in soft rice noodle sheets then it must be for the chicken pie with shortcrust pastry or the scallop and prawn siu mai.
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Canton Lane, WA12/14
Baked barbecue pork buns are the dim sum to bet on at this eastern Perth restaurant, along with stuffed eggplant with black bean sauce. For those of you arriving the morning after a big night out, there’s pork and preserved egg congee.
Fortune Five Chinese Restaurant, WA13/14
An exhaustive dim sum menu means plenty of choice at this Northbridge eatery. Go for steamed glutinous rice with chicken and salted egg, maybe, or scallop rice flour rolls. Beef tendon with barbecue sauce is a smart choice for something silky or try prawn and chive dumplings for a taste of the fried kind.