Marigold is a great place to go for Yum Cha. It’s busy and bustling with efficient staff and a range of food options. The dumplings were fantastic, as were the prawn toast, the prawns on eggplant, and the fried prawn parcels. The steamed BBQ pork buns deserve a mention, light and fluffy and sweet, with a tasty interior which may have been a little stingy on the pork! We also had green beans which were fried and crispy.
I didn’t get many pictures because I was too busy eating!
It was fun flagging down the carts and choosing different delicious morsels. My only letdown dish was the salt and pepper squid, which had probably spent a tad too much time being wheeled around the dining room before we were given it.
Wow! The desserts were pretty good. The doughnuts were light and airy, made of choux pastry. The mango pancakes were a highlight dish for me, with a light thin pancake wrapped around a slice of fresh mango and cream.
I highly recommend visiting Marigold for Yum Cha! The four of us left feeling extremely satisfied.
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Shui Mai and Prawn dumplings
I’m not much of a fan of weekend yum cha. While being surprised is fun, I get more antsy waiting for my favourite tidbits to arrive.
The first two dishes kicked it off to a strong start. The filling in the prawn dumplings was generous although the skin could have been more delicate. The shui mai was fairly middle of the road, although I had a gristly bit in one and only one had prawns.
BBQ Pork steamed buns
These were sweet and fluffy and perfect.
If you love the BBQ pork steamed buns, why not have a plate of BBQ Pork? I did! The pork was tender and even between two it wasn’t onerous to finish.
Weird sugar and sesame buns
These looked tasty in the bottom shelf of the cart. We tried. We had some regrets.
The sugar crystal inside
There was just too much sugar! The sesame seeds took the edge off a little.
No fried goods appeared so this was the end… A definite downside of weekend yum cha (although we could have flagged down a waiter!)
I was happy with the overall quality, but next time I may visit a little later in service or go on a week day when I can order off the menu.
Yum Cha is something that I really appreciate when it’s done well. In Adelaide, I’ve tried most of the popular places (though I still need to try Zen House!!).
Ding Hao and Star House are my two favourites. This is a quick review of Star House, where I usually end up!
Here are sunshine buns, scallop dumplings and BBQ pork dumplings. Amazing! Their food is always bursting at the seams, with scallop dumplings being a stand out – heaps of scallop meat as well as small prawns. The sunshine buns have changed from being thick custard to more buttery and sweet now, but I love them anyway. The BBQ pork buns are sweet and tasty.
Their radish cake is deliciously simple. The king prawn roll is full of prawns and amazing dunked into sweet and sour sauce. The deep-fried golden buns are marvellous dipped into the condensed milk.
Star House squid and BBQ pork
The salt and pepper squid is always great at yum cha, I find. As long as the chef adds plenty of seasoning, onion and chilli! The rice pastry is always tasty yet light, with delicate sauces and the best BBQ pork flavour around.
I love Star House and I highly recommend it for a cheap, cheerful morning tea with friends.
I’ve been visiting Star House for a few years now and never had a bad experience.
Zilver is well-known, a restaurant in Haymarket serving Yum Cha that now frequently offers Groupon deals which may not really be a deal. I went here for my first foray into Yum Cha since moving from Adelaide, hoping to be pleasantly surprised. I was disappointed, though some of the fault is mine, as I purchased a groupon.
The set menu sounded pretty good, with two types of steamed dumplings, steamed buns in savoury and sweet (my favourite sunshine buns, which they called “custard fondants”), spring rolls, shiu mai, stir fried noodles, Chinese broccoli, coconut jelly and prawn parcels.
Zilver’s Yum Cha
Tea was an extra $2.50 per person and adding in the cost of the voucher itself, I left feeling no more full than a normal yum cha outing in Adelaide which would cost $40 – 50 anyway.
Stand out terrible dishes included shiu mai (wrappers falling off, oddly plump and juicy), wrapped deep-fried prawn packages (cold), custard fondant (cold, lacking custard, tasted old) and then… the stir fried noodles, which we both had a bite of and left. Unimpressive.
On a positive note, the dumplings were nice and plump, steamed BBQ pork bun (as good as most), yummy coconut jelly and the Chinese broccoli with a pleasant tasting sauce.