Yum Yum Cha Cafe
2435 Times Boulevard, Houston, TX, USA
Yum Yum Cha Cafe Houston Reviews
Dim Sum All Day Feb 14, 2010
Dim sum, which loosely means "ordering from the heart", is a Cantonese brunch. In Houston, Texas, there is a small hideaway in the Rice Village, Yum Yum Cha Cafe, which can compete with the best dim sum found in major cities.
Owned and operated by a father/daughter team, Yum Yum Cha is a tiny cafe which serves dim sum all day. The name is unusual but the term "yum" sounds like the Chinese word for drink while the term "cha" means tea. In Hong Kong and southern China, light portions of food are served with tea--hence the meaning of dim sum.
The menu at Yum Yum Cha is very diverse and includes anything from shrimp dumplings to more adventurous offerings like chicken feet or shark dumplings. My personal favorites are the shrimp dumplings but I also love the steamed pork or chicken buns, with egg tarts for dessert.
To help first timers understand dim sum, each cafe table has a flip chart in Chinese and English, explaining the different dishes on order.
Yum Yum Cha is very casual and one of those rare jewels that is a hidden "hole in the wall" with outstanding food. While the cafe has roughly ten tables and lines are common, this restaurant is worth the wait.
Prices are incredibly cheap. On a recent visit, I had steamed chicken buns, dumplings, egg tarts and tea and the total bill was only $8.00. This cafe is a bargain.
A few downsides to the restaurant may be the service which can be slow and for visitors who want wine or beer, you must bring your own bottle.
Overall though, Yum Yum Cha is a great dining experience. The cafe is cosy, the price is super cheap and the food is excellent. What more could you ask for!
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