Cuisine: Chinese, Yum Cha / Dim Sim
One of my Dad’s favourite cheap eats is Taurus Hawker Foods in the complex of Asian eateries off Collins Road in Willetton. This means Mum usually gets roped into coming along but they have visited a few of the other eateries around and discovered a new eatery, Yum Cha House, which they visited and told me about. While travelling for 6 weeks overseas, I didn’t have yum cha so I was more than keen to have some. We took off on a late Sunday morning and found parking really easily. The restaurants are not far from the Roe Highway / Willeri Drive exit, where you’ll confront a roundabout which is Collins Road and then just past the BP Petrol Station is the carpark with the restaurants and other businesses lined along the sides. You go up to the front, inform the staff of the size of your dining party, grab a ticket and wait for your number to be called out. It was a bright sunny day so the 10 minute wait or so was more than pleasant.
A few advantages to visiting Yum Cha House over Northbridge:
1) Closer to where I live
2) Far easier to get parking
3) Parking is free
4) The walk from the carpark to the restauarant is far closer
5) The queue outside the restaurant is not that large compared to the popular joints in Northbridge
We had our number called out and we got taken to a large table to share with another party (better than having to wait). It wasn’t bad because we were on one side and the other party on the other. The trolleys came around and we launched into it quickly ordering a bunch of dishes such that the table was full in no time. Below are some dishes we had:
- Chicken Feet with Soy Bean Sauce
- BBQ Roast Pork
- Salt & Pepper Squid
- Baked Chicken Pie
- Steamed BBQ Pork Buns
- Steamed Prawn Dumplings
- Soft Shell Crab
- Deep Fried Prawn & Seaweed Rolls
- Deep Fried Prawn Dumplings with Mayonnaise
- Pork Dumplings
- Custard Egg Tart
- Sago in Coconut Milk
- Mango Pudding
- Chinese Tea
I wouldn’t say the quality of the dishes is as good as an excellent Northbridge restaurant, but it’s not far off. I didn’t find the yum cha to be poor but very tasty and enjoyable. The odd dish such as salt & pepper squid which was a little chewy, lowered the taste of the dish, but all in all, this is an excellent alternative to visiting Northbridge. I enjoyed myself. Yum Cha House also offers set lunches, has lunch time specials (Ho Fun & Noodle dishes), and are also open for dinner with a range of dishes to choose from in the al a carte menu.
I also finally got to visit and step foot inside Taurus Hawker Foods where we picked up some dishes for dinner. I particularly love the BBQ Roast Pork with Fried Rice – yum.
Yum Cha House Food Review Summary
Verdict: Yum Cha House is an excellent alternative to visiting Northbridge where free parking, a short walk, a shorter wait and smaller queues await. The range of dishes is quite large, maybe not as large as in Northbridge, but the quality is of a high standard and tastewise, you won’t be disappointed. I really loved the soft shell crab and BBQ roast pork in particular. Apart from the slightly overdone salt & pepper squid, there were few negatives. I was a little surprised to see one is charged for Chinese tea and there’s also a service charge included, but I had a really enjoyable time.
Yum Cha House Restaurant Details
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