19 May 2010

Seng Kee Yum Cha - Adelaide Central Market, South Australia

You've probably heard of yum cha which means "drink tea" in Cantonese and refers to the experience of drinking Chinese tea and eating dim sum dishes. (Note: Yum cha is often referred to as dim sum in the US.) The yum cha experience involves trays covered in steamers containing three or four small items each being rolled around the restaurant and offered to patrons. When items are accepted by the table, numbers are stamped or crossed off on a card which becomes the bill when it's time to pay. Because the portions are small and groups usually share food, you can try lots of different dishes. In Chinese culture, yum cha has become a common weekend family experience and many restaurants only serve yum cha on weekends and only until about 3pm. We're quite spoiled in Adelaide because we have some awesome (as good as any restaurant I've tried) and cheap yum cha available at the Adelaide Central Market food court 6 days a week (only closed Mondays). Plus, Chinese tea is free. If you're in Adelaide and you haven't tried Seng Kee Yum Cha, you are missing out!

Dishes pictured (clockwise from top left): siu mai, prawn ha kao, bean curd, and pork spare ribs. *mouth waters*

Seng Kee Yum Cha!

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  1. Looks tempting Nat! Have you tried Ding Hao on Gouger St? My favourite in Adelaide... if you have not had it, make sure you book well in advance and give it a go!!! But yell out if you and Darren go to Singapore and I will point you in the direction of the best I have found there (so far) he he :)

  2. Hey Jen, yep yum cha at Ding Hao is great but pretty pricey and only available on the weekend if you remember to book. I actually like Seng Kee's food just as much (it's amazing quality for food court food) and I love that you can order whatever you want whenever you want and it's half the price. Really hard to beat.

  3. Seng Kee FTW! Usually when you say "cheap" or "food court" you automatically think "gross" but SK has the quality goods! Just give me some sui mai, soy & tea and I'm in food heaven. Plus a great place to catch up with foodie friends when I'm back in Adelaide :)

  4. well with those endorsements I can't wait to check it out!