Is Epic Yum Cha more epic than Gone with the Wind? Bigger than Ben Hur? More fantastic that than Final Fantasy? Weightier than War and Peace? [CLOSED - AUGUST 2011]
Like kiddies to candy, we're lured into Epic Yum Cha by the specials board. Two visits later we're in love with the joint. What's not to love about all-day-yum-cha, plus stir fry dishes at around $12 a pop?
We have a soft spot for the atmopshere here: tiled floor, sparce decor, and six lanes of traffic outside, we feel like we're in the dining room of a mid-range Chinese business hotel. Any joint that makes us feel like we're travelling is a winner with us.
The epic yum cha meal deal x2 - a hotpot dish, a yum cha dish and a drink (tea, softie or wine) for $9.90-$12.90 - depending on your yumcha choice. The hotpot dishes are plain and simple and may not be to everyone's taste but we loved it - Alison went for phoenix talons (chicken feet) and pork. Shawn went for minced beef and egg, he's obsessed with anything rissole related. For yum cha snackage we went the pork and preserved egg congee and crisp, fried vegeatarian bean curd rolls.
In addition, we tried scallop and prawn dumplings and Chaozhou dumplings with peanuts, vegetables and chestnuts. The Chaozhou were like sampan congee toppings in a wrapper.
Shredded duck fried rice, eggplant with prawn paste, fried radish cakes and chicken sticky rice. There's sometimes a weird guilty feeling when we order fried rice, like we should be trying more exotic options. The rice turns out to have generous shreds of chicken and is piping hot and tasty, we don't regret it at all.
So is Epic Yum Cha epic? Well it's pretty bloody good.
Epic Yum Cha is at Shop 5, 185 Broadway, Ultimo, just down the road from the Broadway shopping centre. Phone 02 9280 4144. Closed Mondays.
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