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Yum Cha at East Ocean, Sydney

This place holds a special place in my heart. ‘The Mother’ and I had our wedding here, and so did my brother. I have many fond memories of having yum cha with friends here and of course dinners.


Uncle and I were meeting a friend, J who lives in Wagga for lunch and he suggested this place. It certainly has been a very long time since I had yum cha. I blame it on the fact that I had yum cha (or dim sum as they would say in Hong Kong) every second weekend for a year that I completely OD’ed on it.

Like in most Asian countries, East Ocean no longer have trolleys filled with steamed baskets, no longer can you peek, look, point and say ‘I want that’. It is now an ordering system – you fill out a form and food will be delivered to you. There are advantages to this, you get what you want quicker, no waiting around, but I like the fact that I can look and practice my Cantonese!

We left the ordering to L, and she ordered everything that I wanted plus more!

Started with Ma Lai Kou – steamed cake, usually served plain with no icing or anything else. It’s very light, fluffy and soft – the amount of eggs (or lard) used to make this is not for the faint heart and believe me, I do not want to know!


One of my favourites and must have fengzhao (chicken feet) – you either love it or hate it, and I love!!!! I love the sweet and savory sauce and the texture, YUM!


Shu mai (pork dumplings) – deliciously tender and succulent.


Deep fried calamari, Uncle’s favourite and they were delicious. Crispy batter and soft but yet chewy calamari.


Deep fried prawns, another favourite of mine, and dipped in mayonnaise and chili (I know weird combination but good!) is excellent.


Zhaliang (fried, noodle-wrapped cruller), cheung fan wrapped around crispy, savoury fried cruller which is usually eaten with congee served with soy, sesame or poison sauce. Eat these slippery chueng fan whilst they are hot!


Another favourite – ham sui gau – deep fried glutinous rice dumpling with work.


Another cheung fan (rolled rice noodles) with prawns drizzled with sweet soy sauce.


Shrimp and chive dumplings – deliciously fresh, skin sturdy, slightly chewy but not tough! Perfectly cooked with shrimp inside and chives.

Har gau (steamed shrimp dumplings) a must have when having yum cha. I really do like the har gau at East Ocean, fat, plump, and absolutely delicious.


You can’t go to yum cha and not have dessert – some believes it’s the best part of yum cha! Daan tart, which are egg custard tarts.


The crust incredibly flaky and crunchy, and creamy, smooth, almost custard like centre – one of my favourites. The BEST daan tart would have to be in Hong Kong (Tai Cheong Bakery) and apparently uncle can eat SIX in one sitting (rather gross!)


Do fu fa (tofu pudding), served with either ginger or palm sugar. Warm soft, silken tofu, I don’t mind do fu fa, but it is not my favourite. A mouthful is enough.


L definitely ordered well! We were all full (except uncle maybe!). Deliciously full, I waddled back home. It was so lovely to see you J, come back to Sydney soon! Cost per person that day was about $25, without alcohol. Clearly the more people you have going for yum cha, the more you can try and have. I have gone with just two people and we clearly did not eat much!

Is it the best place for yum cha? I think that’s a matter of preference. East Ocean is the first place I do suggest, followed by Marigold and Palace – both places I haven’t been for a while now.

Service as good as it gets for a yum cha and Chinese restaurant. Food is consistently good and I would not hesitate to go back.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

East Ocean

421 Sussex Street

Haymarket 2000

Ph: +61 2 9212 4198

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  1. July 12, 2011 at 12:19 am

    man, that is alot of food huh! i do agree. if there’s one place to recommend people to go to, East Ocean is a good one. proper service, efficient…and whilst the loss of food trolleys dulls the experience somewhat, it also makes it way quicker to get food and to make sure everything is piping hot (usually) when it lands on the table.

    • July 12, 2011 at 1:24 am

      i dont mind the no trolleys, food comes a lot quicker…. and its still hot! it was a lot of food but my uncle was still hungry *facepalm*

  2. July 12, 2011 at 7:32 am

    oh wow u had your wedding here no wonder u love this place.. I love this place too their sao long bao is not bad too… but only thing is the stairs..sometimes if come with my bf ‘s mother or some couple frds with kids..the stairs is always a pain!

    • July 12, 2011 at 7:55 am

      it holds a special place in my heart! ya the stairs are a pain, but well worth it!

  3. July 12, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I am hungry again just looking at this 😉

  4. July 13, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    oh i love Zhaliang!!!

  5. July 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Been a while since my last yum cha fix, looking at all this makes me want to go NOW =)

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