Yes, Yum Cha can be had any day of the week, however it is the Sunday sessions that are the more traditional and noisy feasts that resemble the Hong Kong Yum Cha scene.
If you've been to one Yum Cha, you've pretty much experienced what it is all about, and Ding Hao doesn't do it any better or worse, but it delivers consistency, and the many times I have been, it has never failed to please. The usual prawn dumplings (har gau), fried tofu, scallop dumplings and everyone's favourite chicken's feet are all standard dishes that are carted around by staff.
Don't expect silver service at Yum Cha, in fact, you'd probably experience the worst customer service, as each restaurant is noisy, running at full capacity and staff are trying to get you in and out as quick as they can in order to prepare for the next table.
|Chicken's Feet, Tofu Skin Roll, Fried Tofu + prawn|
|Tea Smoked Duck|
|Dessert time! - Pineapple bun, Egg tart and Chinese Donuts|
As mentioned above, consistency with Yum Cha is the key... much like Tapas, you want all the dishes to be great, not some good, not some poor.... The above selection of dishes (har gau, chicken's feet, sui mai, fried tofu, scallop dumplings, egg tarts) are all standard dishes you will order at any Yum Cha venue, with the exception of the tea smoked duck. Not many places do this dish, and not many are as nice as the one here at Ding Hao.
Another surprise dish was the Chinese donut, which I haven't eaten in years, and as soon as we saw it coming around on the plates, we quickly ordered it. It was nice, very nice - sweet and crispy on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside.
If you are in China Town, looking for Yum Cha, look no further than Ding Hao.
(Suburban Yum Cha reviews will be coming up shortly)
Ding Hao gets 8/10 chops on the Chopping Board.
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