This week, the dim sum-lovers over at “Let’s Do Yum Cha” have parked their food truck and taken over the rooftop kitchen at Hillside Hotel in Castle Hill. Open from 12pm-9pm until April 2nd – this means Yum Cha for lunch and dinner…anyone?
We popped by for lunch today and had a great time trying out an array of classic yum cha favourites. From the yum cha staple: Har Gow (prawn dumpling) to the ever-popular spring roll, “Let’s Do Yum Cha” has it covered.
Fresh from their steaming hot bamboo steamers, we got a few pieces of everything – because let’s face it, who eats one? Unlike the food on the trolleys at some yum cha places that look like they are as old as the ladies that are pushing it, these guys were fresh!
My favourite was the sticky rice which was nicely flavoured and not too salty. Although, I usually like mine with mushroom, I was surprised these still tasted quite good without them. The balance of rice and filling was just right and the rice wasn’t mushy.
The BBQ pork buns were decent too, nice and fluffy with a good amount of filling. Again, not too salty. A tell-tale sign of a bad BBQ pork bun is when the base is all soggy from sitting in the steamer for way too long, these guys weren’t soggy at all. Bonus points!
We had both the normal prawn dumplings and the vegetable dumplings. The filling was tasty and the skin stayed in one piece (I hate it when the skin breaks apart and I’m left with a homeless lone prawn sitting on the steamer, which didn’t happen here). Personal preference: I thought the skin was a tad too thick, even though I prefer it over dumplings that can’t stay in one piece.
The guys behind the counter were really friendly, so make sure to pay them a visit this weekend before they move on to their next location. If you’ve never been to Hillside Hotel before, they have their own carpark located at the rear of the hotel. You can access it from McDougall Lane. If you’re not driving, the front entrance is on Old Northern Road, just down the road from Castle Towers.