Yum cha is a Cantonese term. It translates literally to “drink tea”, but it also describes a beloved Southern Chinese tradition – a morning meal centred on tea, dim sum (many different kinds of snacks usually served in steamer baskets), family and friends.
It came to Sydney in the mid-70s with the Mandarin Club in the CBD. Yum cha has since spread to almost every major suburb in Sydney, becoming a weekend fixture for thousands of families and revellers seeking Sunday-morning rejuvenation. Along the way, the yum cha concept evolved too. In Sydney, and in Australia more widely, the idea of yum cha has become synonymous with one particular style of yum cha – dim sum via trolley cart.
These are the best trolley cart yum cha services in Sydney. The restaurants in this guide have the best quality dim sum, the biggest variety of choice and the quickest trolley services. They may not be the cheapest (if you’re after value, try Royal Treasure in Burwood or Vinh Phat in Cabramatta), but they’re the cream of the crop.