Yum Cha Restaurant

Dim sum spread

Singapore is known for being the ‘buffet’ island. Everywhere you go, there’s bound to be plenty of buffets offered at various restaurants.

What are buffets for, really?

Are they here so we can stuff ourselves crazy, give my tummy a hard time and then spend more time in the toilet trying to expunge the unforgivable amount of food just consumed?

Most of the time, we tend to think more of making our trip worth it, eating your worth basically.

Alas, it’s all wrong. Buffets are here to give you more variety. Meaning, you can try different dishes at a seating, maybe at a much smaller portion.

Before you fall asleep reading on my discourse on buffets, i’ll simply go on about a buffet I went recently.

A dim sum buffet to be exact:

An array of dim sum
clockwise from top left: xiao long bao, chee cheong fun, tau sar pau, and some ‘muah chee’ like balls stuffed with black sesame paste.

more dim sum
clockwise from top left: siew mai, chicken wrapped with dried beancurd skin, har gao and some crystal dumpling stuffed with chives

As you can see, there certainly was variety… and we ate more than what you see in the pictures. Didn’t take a pic of the yummy mango pudding, and authentic gui ling gao (herbal jelly)

I do think that one shouldn’t eat too much buffet dinners. I think it best to left the buffets to mid-day or morning.

This dim sum buffet I had was actually brunch to me.

It was a breakfast buffet promotion that Yum Cha Restaurant was having. It costs about $9.80++ for an adult to have a filling ‘breakfast’ cum ‘lunch’ from 8am to 11am, Mondays to Fridays. Weekends and Pub Hols, you have to pay about $13.80++. It’s pretty worth it I think. And the quality of the dim sum wasn’t too bad. My only gripe was that the ‘carts’ took a really time to get to our table because we were sitting at the corner of the restaurant.

Please do take note that this promotion is only on until the 9th of September. So hurry ya? haha…

oh, yes, and this is how the place looked like:

Yum Cha Restaurant - Interior

I love yellow walls. They’re the same hue as my room!


Yum Cha Restaurant
20 Trengganu Street
#02-01 (Off Temple Street)
Tel: 6372-1717

Posted on 17th Aug 2005 in Uncategorized


There Are 5 Comments


sari commented on August 18, 2005 at 1:11 am

I dont quite like buffet, because each time I go for one, I feel a need to stuff myself! HaaHaa but dim sum buffet sounds good… I only eat a few stuff only like char siew pau, har kow, prawn dumplings, carrot cake, yong tau foo… I hate siu mai,and fried stuff.


tytty commented on August 18, 2005 at 6:08 am

that’s quite amazing looking considering it’s a buffet.

since moving to Sydney, we’ve been on a never-ending mission to find the best pau.

I miss the food back home and dying for some mooncakes .. baaaa


Steffles commented on September 3, 2005 at 9:39 am

Hi Baker,
this is one of my favourite yum cha restaurants in singapore – i usually make judgements by the 2 most popular dishes – siew mai and har kow. This place tops for the quality, size and price. glad you enjoyed your buffet!


glow commented on April 19, 2006 at 4:09 am

Hmm… really don’t think much of Yum Cha rest. My office is at the corner and having “entertained” twice at the dim sum place, it’s definitely a tourist trap and locals should avoid if they know how really good dimsum should taste like ….


Shaun commented on July 30, 2014 at 3:08 pm


good info!…

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