Ripon Hasnad
Dhaka’s first yum cha restaurant Yum Cha District have opened their doors to the residents of Dhanmondi after a successful few years of their first location in Banani. Officially open since November 26, the cafeteria style restaurant is located at Rangs Fortune Square (3rd floor), Plot-32, Road-02, Dhanmondi.
‘Yum cha’ is a Cantonese tradition similar to brunch, consisting of Chinese tea and dim sum. The practice is popular in Chinese provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi, Hong Kong and Macau as well as other regions worldwide with overseas Chinese communities.
Yum Cha District is serving a wide array of dim sum – ranging from traditional to their own unique recipes. So if you are looking for more than just dim sum & tea, they are offering a full-course, Asian fusion menu that is designed to take your taste buds the extra mile.
Dim Sum (the food that is) can be picked from a trolley or a menu, and is served as small portions or a cluster of bite-size steamed, stirfried or fried items that are placed in the middle of the table and shared amongst guests. Hot tea is served at the beginning of as well as throughout the meal.
The Dhanmondi branch of Yum Cha District is a well lit and slightly bigger version of the first. The décor is minimalistic with rustic and some rail dining car reminiscent elements, in keeping with the informal nature of the restaurant. The menu is the same as the other branch and they have introduced some new items. They are open all days a week with Friday hours being 2pm to 11pm and the rest of the week 12pm to 11pm, taking last orders as late as 10:40pm.
Most items on the dim sum menu are between taka 240 and 440. The most popular dim sum items at YCD are the Chili Oil Wontons (BDT 310), Prawn and Cream Cheese Rangoons (BDT 310) and Nori Wrapped Prawn Sui Mai (BDT 390). Besides dim sum, they also offer standard portion main course dishes which include many selections of rice, noodle, chicken, seafood and beef items as well as three kinds of soup. Among them Chicken Wonton Soup (BDT 310) and Beef Noodles Soup (BDT 340), Garlic Beef with Kangkong (BDT 490) are highly recommended.
Prices of main course dishes do not exceed BDT 450 and can be shared between 2-3 people, depending on appetite and other orders.
Yum Cha District also has a good selection of really delicious food for vegetarians. It is one of the very few restaurants in the area where you can enjoy a completely vegetarian Pan-Asian meal without having your palette become bored. Choose from any of the five vegetarian mains such as the highly recommended Vegetable Dumplings (BDT 260), Black Mushroom Salad (BDT 270), Soy Glazed Tofu in Nanban sauce (BDT 290), Stirfried Kangkong (BDT 290), Cauliflower or Special Veg Bowl (BDT 290) along with steamed rice.
The restaurant provides complimentary unlimited refills of hot ginger and honey tea along with your order. Besides this, you can also order their selection of ice teas. For dessert they have a new specialty, Red Rubies in Coconut Milk (BDT 195) along with Brownies (BDT 120) and Sweet Sesame Crisp (BDT 180).