24 February 2014
It was a special day catching up with a family friend who taught me as a young child to eat congee (rice porridge), fresh sugar cane, and apple slices with plum salt. We shouted our friend to dim sum at Yummy BBQ in Myaree because she is an excellent cook and we didn’t want her to suffer amateur hour at our house.
Weekdays are often slow at dim sum restaurants, particularly those in the suburbs. I prefer the excitement and bustle when the restaurant is filled with noisy chatter and laughter. Yummy BBQ is a perfect example of the rule that a Chinese restaurant with mostly non-Chinese customers is going to suck.
Prawn and pork dumplings
The shu mai dumplings were clearly machine-made and from a frozen package. All the dumplings stuck together with bland pork and sad pieces of prawn. Fail!
Deep fried squid tentacles
Squid tentacles are usually awesome, but these were pretty terrible. The dish was served luke-warm so it was heavy with oil. The chewy squid was a little salty and otherwise bland, plus it wasn’t even crunchy on the outside.
Deep-fried prawn dumplings
We were relieved to find the deep-fried prawn dumplings were hot, crunchy, and full of bursty prawn pieces. It seems like a strange combo, but these dumplings really do taste great with mayo.
BBQ pork buns
The char siew (BBQ pork) was sweet and meaty enough, but the buns were too gluggy and sticky. This seems to be another steam-from-frozen item that doesn’t hit the mark.
Prawn and chive dumplings
My mum normally loves prawn and chive dumplings, but these had a thick sticky skin and gluggy insides. To make matters worse, the chilli oil was very spicy but totally lacked fragrance and flavour.
Prawn rice flour rolls
The rice flour rolls were not silky and slippery, but this dish was good enough.
While Yummy BBQ is quite convenient to avoid the expensive parking in Northbridge, the food is a total let-down. Our relatively small meal for 3 people came to roughly $40 including Chinese tea. Service was a little sullen, but they did eventually refund us for the barely-eaten cold squid tentacles.
Likes: free parking
Dislikes: cold dim sum items, dumplings cooked from frozen packets
Value for money: poor, given the quality of dim sum
Overall: don’t waste your time, just visit other suburban dim sum spots
Shop 7, 5 Marshall Rd
(08) 9317 1226