Recently, I was a part of the Yumcha-Lunch blogger table at China House, Grand Hyatt Mumbai. We were a handful of food bloggers sharing a large table at the tranquil China House. The table was a spectacular sight and a true feast for our social media updates too, as it looked colourful with different kinds of dimsums and other Chinese dishes. When we settled for lunch, there were good flavours and great foodies all around, relishing the steamed beauties and chatting endlessly! The best thing was that we finished clicking all our pictures before we tasted the delicacies.
Yumcha is a part of the regular ongoing lunch menu at China House. The word “Yumcha” in Chinese means “drinking tea”, and it’s quite a ceremony. Yumcha is accompanied with a variety of dimsums, among other delicacies. Chef Zhang Yajun and his team have curated a delectable dimsum menu. At the Yumcha blogger lunch, there were over 30 gorgeous dimsums with exotic fillings.
If you are craving for a light, healthy and filling dimsum meal, then a Yumcha experience in China House is a must-try. The standouts other than the dimsums alone, include a Lo Mai Gai kind of dish, called Glutinous Rice Chicken. Traditionally, Lo Mai Gai means glutinous rice wrapped in a rectangular shape inside a lotus leaf and filled with chicken. These days, however, chefs all over the world experiment with different kinds of wraps and fillings. For instance, the version of Lo Mai Gai at China House uses water chestnuts as well, which definitely gives the Glutinous Rice Chicken parcels that extra texture and flavour.
There are a good number of dumpling varieties at the Yumcha lunch and it is difficult to say which one is the best. One thing that is common among all these is that the dishes are not only very flavourful but picture-perfect too!
Among the dumplings that we tried at the China House, we loved the Prawn Spinach Rolls, Steamed Crystal Prawn Dumplings, Lobster Truffle Mushroom Dumplings, Zucchini and Asparagus Dumplings and Chinese Cabbage Water Chestnut Dumplings.
The Chilli and Sea Bass Dumplings, Seafood Dumplings and the Chicken Prawns Siumai were delicious too!
Among the other dishes, one can try the Crispy Prawn Spring Rolls, the Prawn Rice Rolls with Soy Sauce or Chicken Wings Black Bean Sauce. For those who love to slurp some soup along with the dumplings, check out the Shanghai Chicken Soup Dumplings. They also have Barbecue Chicken Buns, Pork Ribs with Black Bean Sauce and Pan-Fried Radish Cake, if you love to experiment more with bold flavours.
Although I was almost full with a plethora of yum Chinese dumplings at China House, Grand Hyatt Mumbai, I was tempted to taste the beautifully plated Hainan Fried Rice with Egg. At first, I thought the topping was pork floss, but the service staff told me that it was actually egg. Although I would have loved pork floss instead of egg, but I must say, the crispy shreds of egg were an absolute delight in this dish. Rice-lovers, go for this!
The thread-like Singaporean Rice Noodles with Prawn and Chicken is a must-have. This dish is light and loaded with flavours. I always love this Chinese concept of cooking meat and seafood together in a dish. It elevates the flavours to another extent.
Although I am not too fond of deep-fried dumplings, the plump and yummy Deep-Fried Pork Dumplings made me a convert. The humble vegetarian Pumpkin Dumplings and the Spinach Peanut Dumplings were great, too! Well, China House has dumplings that suit every palate.
Among the desserts, I liked the China House signature Chinese Mango Pudding and the Deep-fried Banana Coconut Ice Cream. Among the two non-Chinese desserts that I tried, the Mango Eclairs was good, though the Mango cupcakes lacked flavour and were quite dry. My suggestion would be to include some dimsum desserts in the menu. I would have loved to see a seasonal Tang Yuan or a Yuan Xiao in the dessert menu. Tang Yuan are small balls made with flour and have a sweet filling. It is served in a sweet broth. Yuan Xiao is similar to Tang Yuan.
But I am glad that the chef served us some excellent Deep-Fried Sesame Balls (also called Jian Dui in Chinese) as a dessert. There were mildly sweet and very tasty. These slightly crispy spheres were almost hollow and crusted beautifully with white sesame seeds. These had a beautiful golden glutinous-rice-paste exterior and were not oily at all. The filling was just yum! And yes, if you are fond of Chinese Egg Tarts, do try them here.
All in all, the Yumcha menu at the China House has some great dishes and is just perfect for Mumbai summers. If you love to eat light and healthy during summers or otherwise, China House is the right place for you! Also, they do serve smaller portions (and charge accordingly) for single diners and have a community table to ensure that the single diners don’t end up sitting alone and that they have good company at the Yumcha.
Address: China House, Grand Hyatt Mumbai, Off Western Express Highway, Santacruz West, Mumbai
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