Yum Cha

Yum Cha, literally means to drink tea. However, it means to have breakfast or a morning tea. To Yum Cha,
is a perfect way to spend a Sunday morning, at a place to meet friends and to talk about business deals, or
spoil yourself after a week of hard work, by treating yourself to the finest Chinese Cuisine.

Yum Cha dates back to the 10th century, and originated in the south of China, (Canton province of China)
and now it has become a tradition and entertainment for the rest of the country. Most overseas Chinese
from this province learnt this great culture and tradition and shared with the rest of the world. They opened
up restaurants and served Yum Cha in foreign countries.

There are many restaurants in the Canton, especially in the capital "Guang Zhou" and most of these
restaurants serve Yum Cha. Yum Cha is served two times a day, once in the morning, and again in the
evening. The elderly prefer Yum morning Cha. They go to Yum morning Cha with their friends instead of
having breakfast at home. Young people and businessmen prefer Yum evening Cha, which is served
between 9pm to 12pm. Usually after dinner, to Yum Cha is a similar to socialise in Australia, and it is also
similar to a meeting place, where friends and relatives meet and chat or talk about their business. They
usually eat little, but they usually spend a lot of money, because the restaurant managers know that the
business men and young people came to Yum Cha in the evening are mostly rich, and overcharges.

Yum Cha is served a differently in Australia. The restaurants usually serve Yum Cha between 11.30am to
3.30pm. It is called Yum afternoon Cha. I think Yum Cha replaces lunch in Australia, where the customers
stuff themselves full.

Dim Sum (snack) is served in Yum Cha, however a migrant from Malaysia redefined the meaning of Dim
Sum by introducing something taste so awful and spoiled the true meaning of Dim Sim. Dim Sum features
bite-sized morsels of meat, seafood and vegetables wrapped in a thin coating of pastry or dough and either
steamed, braised, fried or boiled. They come in many different kinds of Dim Sums, the quality of Dim Sum
indicate the quality of the restaurant. Individuals may be very selective on the Dim Sums, eg dumplings has
to have a clear (translucent like) skin, the quantity of the meat, the tenderness, stickiness of the skin and the
combination of its contents, etc. A delicious Dim Sum is just right and will win customers perfection.
The waiters in the restaurants serve Dim Sum on trolleys laden with bamboo baskets filled with Dim Sum
and calling out their wares. Noisy but fun.

In yum Cha, food generally like fried dumplings, steamed pig bone and boiled vegetables are served, as
well as a combination of Dim Sums, as mentioned previously, Yum Cha in English means drink tea, tea
will help to digest and get rid of grease. The Dim Sums come in small quantities, which means you can eat
over ten kinds of food before you feel full. Cha (tea) is divided into black (red, or Lipton like) tea and green
tea. Chinese people consider that black tea warms you up and green tea makes your body cool. The weather
in Australia is hot so most people like to drink green tea during Yum Cha. There are teacups placed in front
of all customers, a tea is essential for Yum Cha.
I know a restaurant, which will satisfy the finest Yum Cha critics. Its called the fortuna village.Food in
Fortuna Village had been specially prepared and just cooked to the perfection. It has been in Little Bouke
Street for many years and won many awards for its Excellency. I highly recommend Fortuna Village and I
think its the best place to have Yum Cha in Melbourne. They have the most qualified chefs, which will take
special requests and often have special events. Now days, whether in Hong Kong, Taiwan, or China, you
can find the most large restaurants serve Yum Cha. Even in a foreign country, like Australia, America,
Yum Cha has slowly excepted by the community and gradually changed became a part of their culture.
Generally, people except Yum