Yum Cha is one of the best places in Singapore to experience dim sum in an authentic setting. Tucked away at the top of a hidden staircase in the middle of bustling Chinatown, this popular restaurant packs in local families and tourists alike, creating a buzzing and convivial atmosphere. Saturday lunchtime is obviously a busy time to visit but has the added attraction of trolley service, making Yum Cha one of the few places in Singapore still to practise this old tradition.
The menu includes a wide choice of Chinese and local Singaporean dishes, but the majority of people flock here at lunchtime to indulge in a dim sum feast. Perennial favourites such as Har Gao (prawn dumplings), Xiao Long Bao (steamed pork Shanghai dumplings) and Char Siu Bao (barbecue pork buns) are all available, and other standouts include the Prawn and Mango Rolls and the Pan Fried Pork Pancake. Get here early or be prepared to queue.