Originating in China, Yum Cha is a cultural tradition everyone should experience at least once in their life. The tradition started when travellers, farmers and merchants would stop and gather at a roadside tea house to share a collection of small Chinese snacks, known as Dim Sum. The travellers would rest and recuperate as a large group for Yum Cha, which can be loosely translated to ‘drinking tea.’
Yum Cha is the perfect affair for catch ups, specifically designed for large groups to share a meal. It’s usually taken around brunch or lunch time, and the whole idea of it is that it’s messy, it’s fun and it’s loud. But, just to help you out, here are a few tips for your next Yum Cha experience.
- Yum Cha wait staff all have different roles, so don’t get frustrated when the trolley lady won’t fill your tea pot. If your tea pot needs refilling, simply lift the lid off and place it on the handle and a waiter will tend to you. Other drinks can only be ordered with designated barmen.
- Order plenty and when you see it, take it. Otherwise, you may never see it again. There’s nothing like glancing over at the next table with an insatiable food envy.
- Be daring! Challenge yourself to try new things and experience a new culture. You’ve got nothing to lose.
If you have never tried Yum Cha before, Dumpling Republic is the best place to start. There’s a diverse range of Asian cuisine to try and steaming tea, so you will be getting every piece of this excellent cultural culinary experience!