Chinese food

Oriental Yum Cha

A family photograph at Oriental Yum Cha as we finish lunch!

Gary Lum My Mum, Dad and daughters
My Mum, Dad and daughters

My youngest daughter turned fifteen last week and I have spent this weekend in Brisbane celebrating with her.


First things first breakfast. Getting close and personal with a Queensland nut (Macadamia) tart served with too much cream from a can. The base was a little too thick and dry making the eating experience difficult.

Queensland nut tart
Queensland nut tart

I spent the morning with Ms20 shopping for birthday invitation stationery for her 21st birthday party.

Around lunch time I fought the Westfield Chermside traffic to pick up Ms18 and Miss15 from Gymnastics training while Ms20 drove my parents into Fortitude Valley so we could meet at Oriental Yum Cha.

When we arrived we were taken to a large table up the back. Mum was worried it may be too far out of the main area for trolleys to visit. At first things were a little slow but it picked up and we really didn’t have to worry.

It would have been nice to be on the upper deck but that was pretty empty.

Gary Lum Oriental Yum Cha
Inside the restaurant on the empty upper floor

So on weekdays you get the all you can eat option. We visited on a Saturday so we paid standard rates. We also took heed and did not waste food.

Don't waste food
Don’t waste food
Turnip cakes and stuff
Turnip cakes and stuff
Duck, pork and calamari
Duck, pork and calamari
Roast duck
Roast duck
Fried wonton
Fried wonton
Calamari
Calamari
Calamari
Calamari
Barbecue pork
Barbecue pork
Oriental Yum Cha lunch
Oriental Yum Cha lunch
Spare ribs
Spare ribs

Oriental Yum Cha

Prawns
Prawns

Oriental Yum Cha

Custard tarts
Custard tarts
Mango omelet
Mango omelet
Coconut jelly
Coconut jelly
Mango omelet
Mango omelet

In fifty years of eating this was the first mango and cream omelet I’ve eaten. I need to go back for more them. Truly delicious. A must have and equal to custard tarts IMHO.

So what did I think about Oriental Yum Cha? It was my first time but my daughters and parents had been there a few times before. They reckon it is consistently good. Not the best they’ve ever eaten but always good. I’d agree it was good. The food appeared and tasted fresh. The flavours were good. The service was friendly, helpful and easy going. We were able to get some things cut with scissors and if something was in short supply we could ask for more to come out. The meal was also reasonable in terms of price. It didn’t break the bank and my wallet didn’t suffer a knock out punch. I’d be happy returning and eating more Oriental Yum Cha 


We spent the afternoon recovering and trying not to move too much. I was charged with cooking dinner so I went simple and baked some salmon with some kale coleslaw and avocado. Mum made a hazelnut chocolate cheesecake which she served with salted caramel ice cream.

Baked salmon with kale and avocado coleslaw
Baked salmon with kale and avocado coleslaw

Nicola's birthday hazelnut chocolate cheesecake

Nicola and her birthday cheesecake
birthday cheesecake
Hazelnut chocolate cheesecake and salted caramel ice cream
Hazelnut chocolate cheesecake and salted caramel ice cream

Have you been to Oriental Yum Cha? What did you think?

Ming Inn

We celebrated Dr47’s and Mr42’s (soon to be Mr43) birthday at Ming Inn

After our big lunch at Morgans Seafood Restaurant we had a family afternoon of catching up with each other. Mr42 had already planned dinner for the evening at Ming Inn in the Grange. may the eating continue!

The Ming Inn is a suburban Chinese restaurant. Mr42 reckons I’ve been here before. I can’t remember.

We had two tables booked and for a long time we were the only customers in the restaurant. There was lots of takeaway traffic though which is usually a good sign for a Chinese restaurant.

We ended up asking for a range of dishes we knew the kids would like. So we asked for Mongolian lamb, lemon chicken, honey prawns, pork ribs, and fried duck. The kids also wanted chicken chow mein and some spring rolls.

Pork rib and Mongolian lamb
Pork rib and Mongolian lamb
Lemon chicken and deep fried duck
Lemon chicken and deep fried duck

At the end of the meal we also had a big dessert planned with the kids all wanting deep fried ice cream, some adults having bomb Alaska and all of us wanting to enjoy Miss17’s raspberry swirl chocolate ganache cake.

Bomb Alaska
Bomb Alaska
Bomb Alaska
Bomb Alaska
Miss17's raspberry swirl surprise cake
Miss17’s raspberry swirl surprise cake
Miss17's raspberry swirl surprise cake
Miss17’s raspberry swirl surprise cake
Miss17's raspberry swirl surprise cake
Miss17’s raspberry swirl surprise cake

 

I rate Ming Inn three colonies out of five. Good. If I never ate here again it wouldn’t bother me.

 

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Weekend food round up featuring Bron’s Weiner schnitzel and more

Okay so it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these food round ups. I’m not limiting myself to this weekend either 😉

Let’s start on Thursday. It was a payday which means lunch has to be a celebration.

A cheese burger from Urban Bean Espresso Bar which I ate nude (sans bread) to keep it low carb.
A cheese burger from Urban Bean Espresso Bar which I ate nude (sans bread) to keep it low carb.

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