Friday, May 08, 2009

Yum Cha at Regal Restaurant, Haymarket

Yum Cha at Regal Restaurant

How was it?
Food: 7.5/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: $$

Another family outing last weekend. On Sunday morning we were invited to yum cha at Regal Restaurant. The restaurant has been around for as long as I can remember. I used to come here when I was little and I remember staring at the fish, abalone and other crustaceans in the fish tanks and running up and down the stairs, never really thought about the food much. But of course now, things have changed and it's all about the food :)

The trolleys were coming by pretty fast and before I knew it, we had a table full of steaming bamboo baskets.

BBQ Pork Bun

Not really an authentic choice - some might say, but my mother (and I) love them!

Chicken's feet (love them - yes, really!)

Love the flavour and the gooey soft skin. I don't know why people are so afraid of it? It's all a state of mind I think!

An assortment of steamed dumplings were ordered (not sure of their names though)...

Siu Mai

Fried fish on capsicum

I had never tasted this before, it was very interesting and quite tasty.

Prawn Rice Noodles

Oh yes. These are my absolute favourite dish at yum cha. If there wasn't a table full of people, I would've had these all to myself ;)

More rice noodles (didn't have any of these, but I think there was pork inside)

Gai Lan vegetables

For some reason, this dish just always tastes better at yum cha. It's so simple yet delicious. I'm a stalk girl rather than a leaf girl. Someone once told me that smarter people eat the stalks? Not sure if that source was very reliable though ;)

Deep fried taro balls

Not a fan. The lady sitting next to me said "Here. Eat. You're young, you should eat", she then proceeded to put the ball on my plate. I found it so oily and greasy - I could literally taste the fat. But it could've been the fact that I was already stuffed at this point and was pretty much forced to have it. But personally, I would not order this dish again. I prefer the steamed dishes over the fried dishes at yum cha.

A big Chinese restaurant that caters for big and small groups. Whether you're looking for a light meal or a feast, yum cha can cater for all. The service was fast and smooth. They have simple yum cha dishes that you'd expect to find, nothing too flashy, but I like that.

Regal Restaurant
347-353 Sussex St,
(Cnr Sussex & Liverpool Sts),
Sydney NSW 2000
Regal on Urbanspoon


  1. Stalk or leaf? I hadn't thought of that before. The crunchiness or tenderness. I don't think I can decide!

  2. Mmm yum cha is the best isn't it? I love chicken feet too, I'm a sucker for that sauce they come in. And I'm a stalk girl too!

  3. Hi Arwen: It is pretty tough haha. Better just to be greedy and have both :)

    Hi Steph: Haha. Chickens feet and stalk girls - awesome!

  4. I'm a chicken feet & stalk girl too, Betty. :)

  5. Hi Jenny: Woohoo! They are the way to go :)


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