Yum Cha with the family

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From March just up until a few weeks ago, I’ve been working 7 days a week and juggling two jobs…crazy I know. Thankfully, I am no longer putting myself through this and now have a moment to spare, and a day to call my “lazy day”! Who doesn’t love a day to lounge around in their pyjamas?

So for once, the whole family was off and decided to pay a visit to our favourite Yum Cha/ Dim sum restaurant in London, and is arguably one of the best there is!

So what exactly is Yum Cha? When you literally translate Yum Cha, it means to drink tea…but it is far more than that. When I think about it, you could compare yum cha to tapas? Just like tapas, Yum Cha is a range of small dishes which may constitute or replace breakfast, brunch or afternoon tea. The dishes are usually steamed or fried and can be savoury or sweet. They can include steamed buns such as char siu bao and an assortment of dumplings such as shu mai and or har gaw. Many yum cha restaurants also offer plates of steamed green vegetables, roasted meats, congee /rice porridge etc. All contain a range of ingredients, such as beef, chicken, pork, prawns and vegetarian options. Typical desserts include egg tarts, sai mai lo (tapioca pudding) and mango pudding- but honestly, I never have much room left for this at the end…

So where exactly do we choose to eat yum cha? The Lotus Chinese Floating restaurant, or as we casually call it, “the boat”. Situated near Canary wharf, it’s a short drive from our house, or if you prefer public transport the closet station will be Cross Harbour (DLR). We’ve been eating here for a few years now, and enjoy it every single time. I love it and so does my family. Again, hands down this is one of the best. There is a large variety of dishes, all at a good price. Even better, they don’t scrimp on the portion size like other places. Just take a look yourself…

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I  have to say, pretty much all those pictured are my favourites! I cannot have Dim Sum without them, they are just too good not to eat!

 

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