Selection of dim sum from Tang Yuan Restaurant, a new dim sum establishment looking to make it big in Ipoh Garden East; a predominantly Chinese-centric community with a strong penchant for hawker food and ‘chu char’ dishes
“Yum cha” to me refers more to the in-between meals tea break; possibly growing up with a culture of drinking milk tea (no, not Chinese tea until much older) for breakfast, post-breakfast, in the late afternoon hours after school and sometimes right before bed time!
Blame it on the Hainanese gene apparently, as my late grandfather (it’s been a good 23 years since he left us by the way) was seldom seen without his mug of freshly-brewed milk tea. Well, not exactly brewed from tea leaves plucked from the gardens, but we used to store quite a few canisters of tea powder and my late grandma or my parents would then ensure that grandpa has his fuel restored periodically.
That iconic mug of his in hand, a cigarette on the other and well, Rediffusion blaring out sappy love stories over the air.
However, the phrase “yum cha” also has other meaning to the general population; especially people in Hong Kong or Australia whereby almost always this refers to a dim sum breakfast, rather than a Westernized afternoon or high tea. And so, this brings me to today’s story on a new dim sum place in Ipoh Garden East, which we discovered late last month during the Lunar New Year break. Read the rest of this entry »