Don't celebrate Christmas? Do celebrate it but don't dig turkey? Luckily some of Sydney's best yum cha restaurants will be dishing up all the dumplings your heart could desire this Christmas Day.
Order the chunky hunks of barbecue pork knuckle that our waiter says is “better than belly”. Don't eat meat? Go for sweet braised tofu and spinach dumplings filled with toasted pine nuts. Their dumplings are soft, cloud-like and well made - see for yourself with a serve of the prawn and pork, and follow them with the rolled-then-fried rice rolls. Open 9am-3.30pm.
Walk over the little wooden footbridge behind the waterfall to Dynasty, where sweet, glossy, baked barbecue pork buns and impressive 12 fold prawn dumplings await. It’s a little slower than you might be used to - you order al la carte instead of choosing from passing trolleys - but it ensures you lock down the sticky, glutinous dumplings filled with pork, peanuts, coriander root and water chestnut. Open 11am-3pm and 5.30-11pm.
This one is a favourite with leading Sydney chefs (is that Tetsuya Wakuda hoeing into a plate of bible tripe?), but don’t expect anything civilised here – you’ve got to be prepared to fight for your braised pork knuckles, braised eggplant and steamed dumplings. Open 10am-3pm and 5.30-10pm.
If you're a devoted Inner West type and the idea of heading into the city for Christmas yum cha is more than you can bear, we have very good news for you: Marrickville has it's very own yum cha restaurant that is open on December 25. Open for yum cha 9am-3pm and 3pm-10pm on the normal menu.
A perennial favourite with yum cha fans, this multi-level Canto-palace features some of the more interesting dim sum on offer, like braised tripe, congee and stuffed donuts. It’s prawn-o-rama here too, with rounds of sweet braised eggplant stuffed with chopped-up prawn prawn and scallop dumplings topped with a tiny scallop and har gau. Open 10am-3pm and 5-11pm.
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