Yum Char, the age-old Chinese tradition of drinking tea and sharing steamed food with friends and family has become very popular throughout New Zealand in recent years and there are a number of restaurants in the South Island which serve great dim sum.
The upcoming Chinese New Year is a great reason to do yum char. It all tastes so good though – do you really need an excuse?
Here’s a handful of the South Island’s more popular yum char establishments:
One of Nelson’s most popular Chinese restaurants, Hong Yun has a loyal customer base that keeps returning for its famous mix of traditional dim sum offerings and more unusual combinations.
North & South Gourmet, Christchurch
North & South Gourmet is an excellent choice if you fancy a spot of weekend yum cha in Christchurch. It has a substantial range of goodies – diners here have singled out the jellyfish and cucumber, the Beijing Duck pancake and the coriander pork dumplings and shrimp sticks as highlights.
Foo San Restaurant, Christchurch
Located close to the University of Canterbury campus, the long-established Foo San Restaurant is a hit with students. Chefs prepare a host of fresh tasty dim sum daily, including signature dishes like shrimp dumpling, steamed BBQ pork bun and deep fried squid.
New Canton Restaurant , Dunedin
The Yum Char at New Canton Restaurant is very popular. With different varieties of steamed, deep fried, sweet, savoury and spicy Dim Sum to choose from.
Kwangchow Cuisine , Dunedin
Going by the popularity of Kwangchow Cuisine, there must be some truth to the old adage that good things come in small packages. The restaurant may be small but the chef manages produces big flavours through combining liberal amounts of chilli and spices with quality fresh ingredients.
Editorial by Nicholas Chidley
17 January 2012