Yum cha is one of those things that I can never get sick of, perhaps because I don't go as often as I would like. Mr A isn't fond of yum cha and it's so difficult to coordinate our friends' schedules to go so when my birthday rolls around, that's where my family head for the annual celebrations. Last year, we organised a yum cha session at Golden Dragon Palace which proved to be a popular spot for local residents in Doncaster.
Overall, I enjoyed the quality of the food and had no complaints about the service. You will notice that we tend to order the same things each time we go to yum cha so making comparisons and finding favourites is much easier.
Will I return? Yes, enjoyed our time however apparently prices were a little steeper than normal.
Golden Dragon Palace
363 Manningham Rd
Templestowe Lower VIC 3107
(03) 9852 4086
A few months later, after many a discussion on twitter between a few bloggers in the search of delicious 流沙包 (lau sar bao - "flowing sand bun" which is filled with a sweet and salty egg yolk custard) in Melbourne's many yum cha destinations, Daisy organised a yum cha meeting so that we would be able to gorge on these delights. Tai Pan was agreed to serve up a good version so I was extremely keen to try them. Daisy was the resident yum cha expert so we left all the ordering in her capable hands and I ended up trying quite a few new dishes I had never heard nor tried before.
The 'lau sar bao' expedition to Tai Pan was successful and I also enjoyed the other dishes we were able to try. Normally, I will stick to my comfort zone dishes at yum cha however it was an interesting experience to try some new dishes that I most likely never would have!
Will I return? Yes, enjoyed my meal here.
239 Blackburn Rd
Doncaster VIC 3109
(03) 9841 9977
And this year, again in Doncaster, we trekked to Wealth Garden for my birthday lunch for a yum cha feast. The great thing about it being your birthday is that you're allowed to order anything and everything you want. Those who get icky seeing chicken feet and tripe on their plates, notice the trend and look away now because those are among my favourites when yum cha-ing.
Everything was tasty, although I found the tripe had a strange, almost chemical, flavour to it. We were all looking forward to the finale of 'lau sar bao' but found the salted egg yolk filling to be too grainy as the sugar in the custard filling hadn't dissolved properly. Some of the dishes weren't steaming hot but overall I thoroughly enjoyed the quality of the dishes here.
Will I return? Yes, the food was of great quality and service was quite friendly.
Wealth Garden Chinese Seafood Restaurant
866 Doncaster Road
Doncaster East VIC 3109
(03) 9840 7611