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5 Unmissable Yum Cha Dishes

5 Unmissable Yum Cha Dishes
Yum Cha, which literally means Tea Time, traditionally originates in China as a breakfast or morning dining meal.  It involves drinking Chinese tea and eating a range of yum cha dishes. It is a popular style of dining that consists of a wide variety of traditional Chinese dishes. There are often so many dishes that it can be difficult to know where to begin. Here are 5 dishes that are absolutely unmissable when doing Yum Cha.

Prawn Dumpling 
One of the most popular Yum Cha dishes is the prawn dumpling, which consists of shrimp wrapped inside a transparent starchy dumpling. You know the dumpling has been cooked to perfection when the skin is thin and translucent and does not break apart when you pick it up. The best prawn dumplings will also make sure to contain a generous amount of well cooked meat.

Beef Tripe
Beef Tripe is made with the muscular lining of a cow's stomach and has unique texture which is quite different to regular beef meat. Visually it doesn't look too appealing and it may not be everyone's favourite but it is definitely worth a try!

Chicken Feet
This dish is not for the faint of heart, however Chicken Feet are very popular in China, especially among women. They are typically served in a sauce flavoured with black fermented beans, bean paste and sugar. Better sit this one out if you really are easily grossed out but those who brave the gristly crunch are believed to receive serious benefits to their skin, thanks to the collagen in the joints.

Turnip Cake
Turnip cakes consist of shredded radish or daikon combined with plain rice flour and water.  These ingredients are stirred together and poured into a steamer until solidified. The resulting cake is then cut into squares and lightly pan-friend to bring out the flavours, creating a thin crispy layer on the outside with a soft centre. 

Mango Pudding
You really can't finish up a meal without a dessert, and Mango Pudding is definitely one of the best ways to end your meal on a sweet note. Being the most popular dessert served at Yum Cha restaurants, this pudding is made with fresh mangoes, condensed milk, sugar and agar or gelatine. 

These are only a few of the dishes served at Yum Cha, there are plenty more exciting and flavoursome options.  Check out our Chinese spice paste range where we offer a variety of options for you to create for your authentic meal. 


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