"Yum Cha (Drink Tea)" Eating and Drinking Tip by mim95
Eating and Drinking, Hong Kong: 32 reviews and 53 photos
Yum cha literally means drink tea. This is a unique custom for the Cantonese ppl. For most people who are not serious tea lovers, it really is a family (or friends) gathering in a restaurant, not only for the tea, but for the dim sum, and more importantly, a chance to chat with others.
Dim sum may come on plates or in round bamboo baskets (for steamed food), with food such as shrimp dumplings, steamed beef balls, steamed bbq buns, spring rolls.... Each dish usually has 3-4 of the same item and is placed in the center of table to share.
Mostly all Cantonese restaurants offer yum cha in the morning and early afternoon hours.
To avoid the crowds and lineups into the restaurant, try to go during weekday mornings.
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