DIM SUM in KUALA LUMOUR + tips on YUM CHA etiquette | Food and Travel Channel | Malaysia


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Yum Cha or Cantonese brunch is fun, a great opportunity to try different dishes and in this case it’s cheap! We’re at Yan Yan A One in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which is open 24 hours a day and all dishes are RM 3/ $0.70USD!

Yum cha directly translates to ‘drinking tea’ and that is what yum cha is- drinking tea whilst eating dim sum- small dishes which include dumplings, buns, fried treats and desserts. We eat a number of our favourite dishes:

– siu mai or pork and shrimp dumplings;
– char siu bao or steamed BBQ pork buns;
– feng zhao or chicken’s feet;
– chee cheong fun or rice noodles rolls;
– steamed pork spare ribs;
– fried taro dumpling;
– chive dumplings;
– lor mai gai or glutinous sticky rice;
– har gow or prawn dumpling and
– lao sar bao or salted egg custard buns.

Our tips for yum cha dining

– restaurants will serve their dim sum one of two ways either a la carte where you order off the menu or servers will wander the restaurant pushing trolleys piled high with steaming baskets and plates of dim sum. Here you just choose what you want off the trolly and it’s added to your bill.

– Usually the youngest family member will pour tea for the others.

– If you want your teapot to be refilled simply take the lid off and rest it on the handle.

– if your cup is being refilled you tap with your fingers three times next to the cup to say thank you.

– dim sum are always shared!

Yan Yan A One
Jalan Klang Lama, Taman Shanghai, 58100 Kuala Lumpur,
Open 24 hours

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DIM SUM in KUALA LUMOUR + tips on YUM CHA etiquette | Food and Travel Channel | Malaysia

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  1. Hi guys, we are huge fans of yum cha and eating dim sum and we were so stoked to find this restaurant which as great value as well as delicious! And open for 24 hours! Whaaaaaat?! We hope you enjoy the video and if you know of any other good yum cha spots in KL, we would love to hear them! If you're enjoying our food and travel videos we'd love you to subscribe: https://goo.gl/9rfeRS Thanks for watching! Thomas & Sheena ๐Ÿ˜„

  2. this was very informative. I love eating at restaurants where you share the food with everyone at the table and you get to try everything. Dim Sum is excellent. I can only imagine what its like in Kuala Lumpur. How convenient that they are open 24 hours a day!

  3. The Marco Polo in Wisma Lim Foo Yoong on Jln Raja Chulan is a nice place for dim sum. It's one of the earliest restaurants in KL to serve yum cha in a relatively "posh" setting back in the day. Not cheap but it won't break the bank either. It uses the pushcart method of serving. I recommend the aubergine yong tau foo.

  4. one of the most underrated dim sum/yam char place is in taman megah, its called Key Hiong Dim Sum. operates more than 25 years now, a true traditional dim sum restaurant!

  5. Here are 10 of my own personal favourites, but if I had my way it, would be 6 !
    Bakuteh (BKT) Malaysian Bakuteh. …
    Hokkien Mee. Hokkien Mee. …
    Sang Har noodles. Sang Har Noodles. …
    Satay. Malaysian Satay. …
    Nasi Kandar. Nasi Kandar. …
    Charsiew Rice. Charsiew Rice.

  6. Honestly it's hard to get bad Dim Sum in Malaysia , because most cuisine revolves around Cantonese style . A simple shop by the road side serves up a good average . Just go where locals go and not alot of tourists.

  7. Ok the chicken feet….omg! Not sure if I would be so brave. I love my meat so I'm always disappointed when there's not much meat. Interesting tea facts! And that pork dumpling thingy u had Thomas looks right up my street!

  8. if u ever come back to malaysia again, try to come in ramadhan (fasting month for muslim). there is bazaar ramadhan everyday. it looks like night market but come with insane selection of food feast. as a malaysian i think we always have a hard time to choose what to eat everyday because of variety cuisine.

  9. This was so enjoyable and informative. "You don't know what it stepped on." Hahaha! Silly cousin. Yes, paper ordering is soooo much better than push carts especially when you're stuck far from the kitchen. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Excellent variety of dishes indeed. By the way, the har gow didn't make it in the description box.

    "Being the white guy…" So dang funny. Yup, in my group that guy orders a bottle of Tsingtao, spring rolls, BBQ pork buns, xiao long bao and proceeds to explain to the table how to eat soup dumplings…burns mouth. ๐Ÿ˜

  10. Love to hear Sheena explaining, reminds me of my fave english teacher at school, very clear and entertaining. The dumplings ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ hmmmmhh now I'm dying watching this video.

  11. Yum cha in Malaysia doesn't mean drinking tea or dim sum only. We offen use the word yum cha when hanging out with friend. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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