‘Yum Cha’ serves dim sum and then some

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March 25, 2018

Story By: Stephanie Kim | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

Boneless Minute Chicken Cake Noodle ($13.95)

Since opening in January, Yum Cha Hawaii has set itself apart from typical dim sum and local Chinese eateries. For starters, the eatery’s spacious dining room offers tall ceilings and an open, clear view of Kapiolani Boulevard all around.

The restaurant also offers customers daily dim sum, a dining menu, as well as its photo-worthy dessert buns that are made fresh every day.

Juicy Pork Dumplings ($9.99 for set of six)

Yum Cha, which translates to “drink tea” in Chinese, refers to families and friends that gather together over dim sum to talk story and sip on tea.

Enjoy dim sum daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and munch on items like Juicy Pork Dumplings, also known as xiaolongbao. These delectable soup dumplings ($9.99 for a set of six) burst with flavors from the chicken broth and minced pork filling that you slurp up, alongside ginger and red vinegar for dipping.

Live Dungeness Crab with Peppery Salt ($39.50, special when ordered with two entrees)

In addition to dim sum, the eatery boasts a dining selection that’s served all day. Feast on a number of noodle dishes, such as Boneless Minute Chicken Cake Noodle ($13.95) with a bed of cake noodle that’s topped with fresh, hot minute chicken and vegetables.

Piggy Buns ($4.99 for two pieces)

There also are sizzling platters, traditional fare, specialty items and a long list of succulent seafood. Among the top contenders of lobster, crab, fish and other seaworthy delights is Live Dungeness Crab with Peppery Salt. The dish starts with a live crab presented to the table before being fried and coated with a delectable pepper-salt mix. As it is peak crab season, diners are treated to a special price of $39.50 for this entree when ordered with two other dishes (dine-in only).

Doggy Buns ($4.99 for two pieces)

Furthermore, enjoy the eatery’s Piggy Buns and Doggy Buns ($4.99 per order of two). Yum Cha first began serving the custard cream-filled Piggy Bun, and now, for the Year of the Dog, guests can enjoy the black bean-filled Doggy Bun.

Also, “hop” on over to celebrate Easter, as the eatery is planning a surprise for customers to get “egg-cited” for!

Honolulu, HI 96814

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