Yum Cha is a tradition that Yue people follow. The word “Yum Cha” means drink tea and it symbolizes going to eat Dim Sum. This word is used by almost everywhere that practices the Yue culture such as Guangdong, Hong Kong, etc. People call it Yum Cha because no one eats Dim Sum without drinking tea. The word’s origin is from the Chinese tea houses that people going on long trips from the silk road to trade and needing a place to rest. However, it is now common for people to say “Let’s go Yum Cha” when they want to catch up.
Lo Pat Go (蘿蔔糕)
This is my favorite among all Dim Sum. I always order this when I go Yum Cha. It is a Chinese turnip cake filled with some Chinese sausage. It is normally fried but there is also a steam version. Lo Pat go is also a dish people eat during Chinese New Year.
#1 Dim Sum (點心)
Dim Sum is bite size dishes served in a steam baskets. The traditional way of serving is having it pushed around in carts and allow people to choose what they want. Due to safety issues and cost efficiency, nowadays most Dim Sum places just serve you from the kitchen.