Be a tourist at home Yum Cha in Chinatown

Look, someone had to do the hard yards and research the best Yum Cha in Chinatown. My blog as always is more about the mood and ambience ... for the food story head over to Tina at izzyhaveyoueaten. But I did learn that the yardstick for the best Yum Cha is the pork bun and Marigold wins hands down.

Literally meaning 'drink tea' in Cantonese, yum cha is as common a meal in Hong Kong as coffee and toast in Western culture, where Chinese tea is enjoyed with dim sum at traditional tea houses. Dating back to ancient China, teahouses have long been a place of rest and conversations for the common people.

Our first stop was The Marigold, decor, a barn that could double as a wedding reception venue ... very clean and covid safe. The pork bun is the gold standard. In fact Tina and I agreed it was probably the best food. Mood, very old school, which I loved. Next we went to The Eight. The ambiance is modern, moody...not a bad pork bun, this probably would be number 2 on our list.

Our last stop was Zilver, I was delighted to see the fish tanks, but the carpet ... good lord, avoid if hungover. Tina declared the Pork Bun too sweet, I would second that. Slim voted his take home egg tarts a cut above.

We both wondered if the food is just that little bit fresher at the end of the week!

All three restaurants do a good job of Yum Cha, my gauge the demographic, we were very much in the minority. All of the restaurants are on the first floor, so you won't find them doing a-walk-on-by at street level.

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