After saying that I would try yum-cha in the CBD again after a long hiatus (4.5 years), I ended up at Oriental Teahouse with a couple of friends during my lunch break. Being a classy eatery on Little Collins st, it's a popular option with city workers however as we got there nice and early (noon), we managed to avoid most of the lunch crowd. While the restaurant was almost empty, and a little chilly, when we first arrived, by the time we had finished our meal, almost every table was occupied and it was a bustling hive of warmth and activity.
|Ginger & Barley Tea|
When my companions finally did arrive, shivering from the cold outside, we started the fun process or ordering from the tray of food being presented by the ever-moving waiters. For starters, we had a serve of the Chicken San Choi Bao (finely chopped vegetables & chicken served in a lettuce leaf) and Peking Duck (Roast Duck Served in a pancake with cucumber & plum sauce)
|Chicken San Choi Bao|
Football Dumplings (Football shaped dumplings filled with minced shrimp & pork)
|Ginger Prawn Dumplings|
|Roast Duck Dumplings|
|Pork Shu Mai|
Splitting some of the servings was a bit troublesome, but I suppose if you order lots of dishes, no-one's going to complain. I'll admit though that I was still a bit peckish after the meal, but decided to stop ordering as the costs were starting to add up as those who've been to a decent yum-cha can attest. There was a greater variety of dishes on offer though, and probably even more available had we decided to hang around longer, but alas, work has to be done on a workday. Maybe I'll head back soon though, and try out even more of the dishes.
Oriental Tea House
378 Little Collins St, Melbourne
Mon-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-4pm