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Yum Cha in Canberra?

By 26 March 2012 33

A question for the hive mind that needs revisiting:

Where’s the best Yum Cha in Canberra, and the best on the northside if they don’t coincide?

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33 Responses to Yum Cha in Canberra?
#1
buzz8193:20 pm, 26 Mar 12

Princes Palace on Emu Bank is great, wouldn’t go to XY Dim Sum Dumpling House, got really sick from them last year, apparently they have been shut down twice in the past 12 months for health reasons.

#2
johnboy3:22 pm, 26 Mar 12

The Scholar in Dickson seems to be the gold standard of the inner north.

beware the long queues though.

#3
in_the_taratory3:48 pm, 26 Mar 12

T2 headed along to Princes Palace a while back and wasnt impressed. Admittedly they ordered off the menu, but did ask to see the cart and it was never brought around despite assurances it would be. You might need to go early to have attention paid to you. http://inthetaratory.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/lunching-ladies-at-prince-palace-chinese-restaurant/
We would be keen to try out others but agree it is usually a looong wait at Dickson.

#4
Deref3:55 pm, 26 Mar 12

johnboy said :

The Scholar in Dickson seems to be the gold standard of the inner north.

beware the long queues though.

It used to be OK when it was…something else…but after a couple of very disappointing visits to its present incarnation I’ve given up on it. I second Prince Palace in Emu Bank though – it’s great. The place next door – 2 Yummy – is amazingly good, though I don’t think they do yum cha.

#5
shirty_bear4:02 pm, 26 Mar 12

in_the_taratory said :

T2 headed along to Princes Palace a while back and wasnt impressed.

Same here … scarce/inattentive service, moderate food, serious pricetag. They seem to do a roaring trade though … maybe we did something wrong. Like … being Aussies … not knowing the code/language …

#6
Thoroughly Smashed4:02 pm, 26 Mar 12

I don’t know where the best is, I too would like to know, but I’ve found Noble Palace in Phillip to be a bit average considering how much it ends up costing.

#7
markus_k4:36 pm, 26 Mar 12

Have had no problems with the XY dumpling house in Belco. Around $15 for all you can eat too.

buzz819 said :

apparently they have been shut down twice in the past 12 months for health reasons.

Wasn’t that the Canberra-Deakin club’s Yamcha place?

#8
Little_Green_Bag4:39 pm, 26 Mar 12

The xy Yum Cha at the Croatian soccer club in Deakin was recently named and shamed due to a dirty kitchen.

Just thought you’d like to know …

#9
dph4:43 pm, 26 Mar 12

I’d just like to use this thread to voice my appreciation for yum cha in general. So many great experiances had.

#10
rosscoact5:16 pm, 26 Mar 12

Is Four Rivers still doing yum cha?

#11
astrojax5:29 pm, 26 Mar 12

rosscoact said :

Is Four Rivers still doing yum cha?

i believe so – and second jb’s comment about the chinese scholar – best of a mediocre lot in canberra… sad, really. we’d do well, in the climate, with more good northern chinese restaurants, too; a dearth at the moment.

#12
buzz8195:43 pm, 26 Mar 12

shirty_bear said :

in_the_taratory said :

T2 headed along to Princes Palace a while back and wasnt impressed.

Same here … scarce/inattentive service, moderate food, serious pricetag. They seem to do a roaring trade though … maybe we did something wrong. Like … being Aussies … not knowing the code/language …

Yes I do agree, apart from the not being “family,” if you go on a day when it’s full of Aussies you get good service.

markus_k said :

Have had no problems with the XY dumpling house in Belco. Around $15 for all you can eat too.

buzz819 said :

apparently they have been shut down twice in the past 12 months for health reasons.

Wasn’t that the Canberra-Deakin club’s Yamcha place?

Same owners for the two restaurants, explains why it was shut 2 times last year for “renovations.”

#13
FioBla6:19 pm, 26 Mar 12

I found both Scholar (Dickson) and Noble Palace (Woden) OK. Noble Palace is closer, so I go there more often. Last time 2 adults paid $27 each. From memory the prices per item starts at $4.80 or $5.60.

#14
Grrrr6:38 pm, 26 Mar 12

Couldn’t say whether it’s the best, but I enjoyed Yum Cha @ Dumpling Inn in Jamison and it wasn’t too pricey.

#15
Minz7:13 pm, 26 Mar 12

Last time I went, Princes Palace was distinctly sub-standard. The Scholar gets my gurnsey for Canberra’s best, but I’ve only tried that one, Princes Palace, Noble Palace and the now closed one at the Italian club (which wasn’t bad!).

#16
rosscoact8:11 pm, 26 Mar 12

Little_Green_Bag said :

The xy Yum Cha at the Croatian soccer club in Deakin was recently named and shamed due to a dirty kitchen.

Just thought you’d like to know …

I thought it was worth going there just for the caucasian waitress who used to put on a chinese accent (seriously). I always felt like saying “you know you’re not chinese” but never had the courage.

#17
enfoldeadgrrl9:00 pm, 26 Mar 12

Discovered last weekend that Four Rivers in Dickson is no longer serving yum cha. :-(

We were not the only punters that turned up looking for it on Sunday. We did enjoy our a la carte selections but were disappointed not to have yum cha.

I’ve enjoyed The Scholar at Dickson before, but the bill at the end of the meal was staggering (I am not sure whether to blame the beer-guzzling mates I was with!).

I’ve noticed Master So at the Kippax shops does yum cha but we haven’t tried it yet – will be interested to see if anyone on this thread has been there.

#18
koalathebear9:54 pm, 26 Mar 12

We like Dumpling Inn and also XY Dumpling (been there HEAPS and have never been sick). Am not a huge fan of Prince’s Palace – it’s kind of crowded and the atmosphere isn’t very cosy. Master So’s in Kippax is good and the So So Crispy dessert there is awesome. It’s quieter with nice surroundings so unlike a lot of noisy Chinese restaurants, you can actually hear yourself speak. XY Dumpling is also good on Saturdays as it’s not too crowded.

#19
jessyrahhh10:24 pm, 26 Mar 12

there are 2 yumcha places near anu, i forgot the names but the first 1 is near the citywest bus stop. its new and has been open for a couple of months, haven’t tried it yet.
the 2nd is across from unilodge near anu, i love that place but i think they changed their menu… not sure yet but they were pretty good from what i remember.

#20
minniemay9:21 am, 27 Mar 12

koalathebear said :

We like Dumpling Inn and also XY Dumpling (been there HEAPS and have never been sick). Am not a huge fan of Prince’s Palace – it’s kind of crowded and the atmosphere isn’t very cosy. Master So’s in Kippax is good and the So So Crispy dessert there is awesome. It’s quieter with nice surroundings so unlike a lot of noisy Chinese restaurants, you can actually hear yourself speak. XY Dumpling is also good on Saturdays as it’s not too crowded.

+1 for Dumpling Inn.

I’ll have to give Master So’s a go, I didn’t realise they did Yum Cha.

#21
JimCharles10:25 am, 27 Mar 12

As someone new to Oz, is Yum Cha the same as Dim Sum in parts of China…ie, a Tea House with mini selections and ever flowing green tea…neither breakfast, lunch or dinner….just turn up for a natter and order as you go on…

Do they do the hardened chinese food…..or more “normal” fare like pork, red bean, shrimp rolls etc…?
Cheers
.

#22
HenryBG11:15 am, 27 Mar 12

JimCharles said :

As someone new to Oz, is Yum Cha the same as Dim Sum in parts of China…ie, a Tea House with mini selections and ever flowing green tea…neither breakfast, lunch or dinner….just turn up for a natter and order as you go on…

Do they do the hardened chinese food…..or more “normal” fare like pork, red bean, shrimp rolls etc…?
Cheers
.

No, Yum Cha here is Yum Cha in China.

Dim Sum is what they call it in the UK. In China Dim sum is not the name for the meal, but for the trolley full of small dishes.

Bearing in mind a dirty kitchen is good for your immune system, Deakin Yum Cha is excellent if you’re wanting a massive feed at an “all you can eat” price.
If you want a nice Yum Cha, go up to Sydney.

#23
G-Fresh11:32 am, 27 Mar 12

East Ocean, Haymarket. Long lunch.

#24
koalathebear12:34 pm, 27 Mar 12

Master So’s only does yum cha on the weekends – but to be honest, that’s the only time we have to have yum cha anyway :)

#25
HenryBG12:35 pm, 27 Mar 12

G-Fresh said :

East Ocean, Haymarket. Long lunch.

Fully concur – at the moment, that one is my favourite. Very civilised. I think I’ve been to that one 3 out of my last 4 Yum Chas in Sydney.

#26
Ex Warrior12:46 pm, 27 Mar 12

Yuk Cha – Filthy food and walk out hardly feeling healthy!!!

#27
buzz8191:53 pm, 27 Mar 12

Ex Warrior said :

Yuk Cha – Filthy food and walk out hardly feeling healthy!!!

Here I was thinking this was a post about where the best Yum Cha is, not who doesn’t like it?

#28
crabb1:54 pm, 27 Mar 12

Thanks for all the useful info, although a clear cut winner would’ve been handy! Think we’ll try The Scholar. The tip for East Ocean in Hypermarket is helpful for the next Sydney trip – have wandered around Chinatown several times overwhelmed by the number of choices.

#29
m@2:22 pm, 27 Mar 12

Little_Green_Bag said :

The xy Yum Cha at the Croatian soccer club in Deakin was recently named and shamed due to a dirty kitchen.

Just thought you’d like to know …

Does it really matter though, when all they’re doing is reheating packets of frozen precooked stuff? The commercial quantities of MSG will kill any nasties anyway…

#30
HenryBG2:47 pm, 27 Mar 12

m@ said :

Little_Green_Bag said :

The xy Yum Cha at the Croatian soccer club in Deakin was recently named and shamed due to a dirty kitchen.

Just thought you’d like to know …

Does it really matter though, when all they’re doing is reheating packets of frozen precooked stuff? The commercial quantities of MSG will kill any nasties anyway…

Exactly my approach – I presume it’s all straight out of the freezer anywhere you go in Canberra anyway.

You just have to make sure you put pipe up and don’t let them put any deep-fried stuff on your table – especially not the chicken pieces!, plus you have to pipe up and ensure you ask for the steamed greens and the prawn-stuffed eggplant.

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