The best yum cha in Brisbane | Gourmand and Gourmet

The best yum cha in Brisbane

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There’s a very special place in our hearts for yum cha and TBH we just don’t understand why everyone isn’t obsessed.

With a big range of small bites, overeating wholeheartedly encouraged, and food brought to you on a steaming trolley with a side of freshly brewed green tea, what’s not to love? 

Although we’re sad to say that the classic yum cha experience (we’re talking trolley delivery, people) can be harder to come by these days, we’ve rounded up the best classic yum cha destinations for you, with a few new-school newbies in the mix.  

King of Kings | Fortitude Valley 

Big call, but we’d argue that King of Kings is one of the best yum cha restaurants in Brisbane and yes, delivery is via traditional cart. Surrounded by classic Chinese restaurant decor (we’re looking at you, live fish) you will not be disappointed with the incredibly vast selection of yum cha offerings, from steamed dumplings to wontons and, of course, egg-custard tarts. 

Brisbane Phoenix | CBD 

Recently flying into Brisbane Quarter, Brisbane Phoenix is one of the newest yum cha joints you absolutely must try. A dark and moody interior means you’re focused intently on the food which will definitely have you overeating. Phoenix’s lengthy steamed menu will see you feast on the likes of fresh crab xiao long bao, prawn and kimchi dumplings and scallop and caviar shumai with fried options ready to compliment them like pan-fried pork buns. To mix it up, there is also steamed rice noodle rolls, roast meats and more substantial kitchen snacks to keep it interesting. 

Landmark | Sunnybank and Chermside

It’s easy to see why Landmark is loved by many, with many carts whipping around to feed the masses who flock for quality, authentic yum cha. You’ll even find a dedicated tea menu with six different brews to choose from. Perfect! 

Bamboo Basket | Southbank & Hamilton 

Although you won’t find a cart bouncing between tables, Bamboo Basket is still of notable mention with a yum cha offering set to impress. Dive straight into their dim sum menu with plenty of fresh seafood including prawns and scallops to roast duck and traditional pork, or try one of their other dishes like diced duck and vegetable lettuce cups if you’re needing a bit of variety. 

Haoke Seafood Restaurant | Sunnybank 

Not to point out the obvious, but Haoke is kinda well known for their standout seafood dishes, so we definitely recommend getting on that sea-food and eat it diet. From dumplings to shumai and whole roasted fish, nothing is a bad idea. 

Fat Noodle | CBD

Offering yum cha on Monday to Sunday from 3 pm to 5 pm don’t noodle around and miss Fat Noodle’s tasty offering in its historic setting in Treasury Brisbane. All of your yum cha favourites come out to play, like prawn dumplings and xiao long bao, with some newer entrants which keep it modern (think: Peking duck wraps and chicken laksa). See? Modern yum cha doesn’t need to be complicated either!  

Yum Cha Cuisine | Carindale, Indooroopilly and Upper Mt Gravatt   

No frills, no fuss but fabulous yum cha is what Yum Cha Cuisine is all about. Grab one of the steamed bamboo baskets from the cart to find classic steamed dumplings, including chicken feet with black bean sauce if you’d like to go very traditional, or pillowy buns and sponge cakes. Get crispy with a few of the fried options and round it out with some barbeque, because balance is everything.

Golden Lane | Sunnybank 

You thought we forgot about Golden Lane, didn’t you? Well, we saved (one of) the best for last because Golden Lane is a yum cha institution which serves up what seems to be every possible yum cha dish. What makes this particular place such an icon? They’re constantly updating their menu which keeps it modern and fresh but still with tradition oozing through in every dumpling and shumai you devour. 

Fried, steamed and everything in between, don’t cha know you can’t go wrong with yum cha! 

Words by Nikki Shields
- the gourmand who's last meal would be xiao long bao.