On a Sunday morning, hungry for brunch, we found ourselves wandering up and down Albany Highway in Victoria Park. Dim sum at a restaurant called Yummy House sounded good.
We were shown to a table badly in need of clearing and a good wipe-down. Not a problem; we could see the restaurant was pretty busy when we got there. That’s usually a promising sign.
A waiter appeared promptly for the clear and wipe-down, then placed bowls, chopsticks and napkins on the table. No sooner had he disappeared and we’d picked up the menus – we didn’t actually get to open them, mind you – we were bombarded! On the left, a waiter with a tray of chilled drinks asking what we’d like to drink; on the right, a waiter with a tray of hot steaming dim sum dishes urging us to pick something, both of them talking at the same time. I’ve been to dim sum restaurants where the food comes around on a cart, or waiters make the rounds with dishes – but Yummy House’s approach came across as very pushy and I’m not sure I liked it. Nevertheless, we selected what looked the most appealing on the tray, the panfried stuffed capsicum (AU$4.60). The drinks waiter looked disappointed when we ordered drinks off the menu that she didn’t have on her tray. I’d be disappointed too if I’d scored the job of walking around the busy restaurant precariously balancing bottles, glasses and cans on an overloaded tray and no one ordered any of those.
The green capsicum was stuffed with a fish paste mixture and sat in a light black bean sauce. They tasted okay but green is my least favourite capsicum and the capsicum definitely needed more cooking.
After we had a chance to take a breath, we studied the extensive menu and ordered several dishes. First: siew mai (steamed pork and prawn dumplings, AU$4.20). The menu said they would be topped with caviar. I’m not sure what the dumplings were topped with but it certainly wasn’t caviar. We eat siew mai just about every time we have dim sum and were very disappointed with these – they were very bland.
The steamed prawn and pork bean curd rolls in oyster sauce (AU$4.20) were delicious. The skins were chewy and juicy with sauce.
The har gow (steamed prawn dumplings, AU$4.60) looked promisingly plump – but alas! They didn’t taste as prawny as we hoped – too much filler gave them a distinctly starchy flavour, and the dumpling skins were too thick. Bland siew mai and har gow are pretty much a dim sum epic fail, aren’t they?
The deep fried prawn dumplings (AU$5.60) were served with mayo. Having tasted the har gow I was worried these wouldn’t be great either, but was I pleasantly surprised and relieved at how tasty they were.
The best dish of the meal – and thank goodness we ordered it – was the chicken chok (rice porridge, also called jook and congee, AU$8.50). THIS really was yummy. A lovely big bowl of steaming porridge of perfect consistency – not too runny, not too thick, so satisfying when eaten with a Chinese spoon. It was full of chicken pieces, topped with crispy pieces of deep fried dough and chopped spring onion. A drizzle of soy sauce and I was in savoury heaven. If the chicken porridge is any indication, I would say skip the dim sum and go for the porridge. Yummy House serves many varieties of rice porridge, including: century egg and lean pork; fish filets; shredded lettuce and homemade fish balls; beef and coriander, and minced beef with raw egg.
We waited for ages for a waiter to come back to the table to clear the dishes or ask if we wanted dessert. We also tried for ages to catch someone’s eye to order dessert. I’d seen banana fritters on the menu – I LOVE deep-fried battered bananas and wanted to order them. We were on the verge of giving up and leaving when finally we managed to lock eyes with a waiter and get his attention. He wrote down our dessert order but left the dirty dim sum dishes still on the table. We piled the steamer baskets and plates to make room for the dessert dishes and make it blatantly obvious they didn’t need to be on the table any more, but not one waiter got the hint, including the person who delivered the desserts. Oh dear. You can see the baskets and dishes in the background of the dessert pictures below.
Jac’s mango pudding ($4.60) had real mango in it, but sadly, like the dim sum fails described above, it tasted quite bland. She didn’t enjoy it very much and didn’t finish it.
I ordered the banana fritters with vanilla ice cream and maple syrup (choice of vanilla/chocolate ice cream; chocolate/caramel/honey/maple syrup topping, AU$7.50). The banana fritters would’ve been tastier had the banana been riper, but I still enjoyed the hot crispy fritters with the cold ice cream and the sweetness of maple syrup.
I’d forgotten how wonderful vanilla ice cream and maple syrup are together. I definitely needed the magic of ice cream and maple syrup by then – those bland pork and prawn dumplings and the obstacle course of uncleared dishes on our table had made me very cranky.
Yummy House serves dim sum 10.30am to 5.30pm, 7 days a week. It could’ve been one of our best dining discoveries of the year. Unfortunately, for us, the dim sum wasn’t so great.
Based on this experience we don’t plan to return to Yummy House for dim sum. It’s such a shame. A couple of the dim sum dishes were tasty enough but the bland steamed pork and prawn dumplings were dim sum deal-breakers for us. You’ll find better dim sum and service elsewhere. The chicken porridge was a delicious and worthy resident of a Yummy House. I plan to go back just for the porridge and will order a bowl all to myself.
Yummy House Chinese Restaurant
Hong Kong Chinese cuisine
405 Albany Highway
Victoria Park WA 6100
Telephone: (08) 9470 2511
Fully licensed and BYO (wine only)
Dim sum is available 7 days a week, 10.30am – 5.30pm. They serve non-dim sum Chinese dishes too.
Mon to Thurs 10.30am – 3pm / 5pm – 10pm
Fri – Sun 10.30am – 10pm
Home delivery available after 5pm local area (minimum order $25, $5 delivery fee; free delivery for orders over $40) – I’m not sure how far “local area” extends.
More dim sum posts
- Welcome Inn Tea House, Northbridge
- Fisherman’s Wharf Seafood Restaurant, Pyrmont (NSW)
- Dim Sum at Emmas
- Rising Sun’s all-you-can-eat dim sum (restaurant has since closed down)