Twilight Yum Cha – Pan Asian Style

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Yum cha, Dim sum, whatever name you call it –these delicate morsels of deliciousness are a treat and when I was a child it was usually reserved for birthdays and special celebrations. You tend to stick to your tried & true staples, out of politeness you offer the last dumpling in the steamer to those you’re dining with when truth be told, you would happily eat another whole steamer of the same yourself but there are so many other things to eat so you don’t mind so much. It is also fun to ‘introduce’ someone to yum cha, some people think they need to know Chinese or get a little freaked out as they don’t know what to order. I usually lay off the tripe and chicken feet on these occasions to go easy on them.

My only gripe about yum cha is it is traditionally served several hours a day for lunch and often you want to take your time and share it with people so that usually leaves weekend lunches, particularly Sundays where everyone is scrambling for a table and flagging down a trolley or waiter is near impossible, at some places you have to call to pre-order special dishes otherwise they run out. At restaurants where you can order yum cha all day – it’s just not the same, it lacks atmosphere and there are no trolleys at all.

When I heard whispers of a midnight yum cha session I was definitely intrigued. Pan Asian on Chapel St has reinvented classic yum cha favourites into a 6 course degustation menu.  A clever and modern twist to both yum cha and late night supper dining, the dishes have been deconstructed enough to give it a makeover but is not unrecognisable to its former self. The meal is not too rich or heavy but light enough to consume so late at night yet still satisfying which is a perfect balance– although not served on trolleys it is served with generous lashings of karaoke. Open mic for those interested in a late night serenade.

Thanks to Pan Asian for hosting the degustation dinner. For full menu and pricing details go to:

http://www.panasian.com.au/ – news & events page

Twilight degustation is available for a short time over the next few months, Fri & Sat at

Pan Asian 267 Chapel St Prahran

03 9533 7022

From 10pm to 1am

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7 Comments to

“Twilight Yum Cha – Pan Asian Style”

  1. Avatar December 22nd, 2010 at Medical Billing Says:

    Beneficial info and excellent design you got here! I want to thank you for sharing your ideas and putting the time into the stuff you publish! Great work!


  2. Avatar December 23rd, 2010 at Christine@Christine's Recipes Says:

    I love yum cha, but have ever tried the midnight one. :P
    Those dim sim look so modern in style. If you didn’t tell us it’s yam cha, I would have thought you went to a western restaurant.


  3. Avatar December 23rd, 2010 at CooksJournal Says:

    Flavours were Asian with a hint of the west, when fusion is done well it’s great


  4. Avatar December 23rd, 2010 at Celeste @ Berrytravels Says:

    It was lovely to share this amazing experience with you! I had so much fun, I laughed myself hoarse and could hardly talk the next day.

    We should totally catch up again soon!


  5. Avatar December 25th, 2010 at veterinary medicine Says:

    Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a angle I hadn’t given thoguht to yet. Now lets see if I can do something with it.


  6. Avatar December 29th, 2010 at Medical Jobs Says:

    I’ve recently started a blog, the information you provide on this site has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all of your time & work.


  7. Avatar January 1st, 2011 at Iron Chef Shellie Says:

    yum cha just aint yum cha without the trolleys!


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After growing up in Melbourne I took off overseas to work as a features reporter, based predominately in Asia, writing for some international publications, through this work I was able to visit many different places writing articles on food, travel, fashion, human rights, art & culture.

Now back ‘home’ I am currently involved with an ongoing project doing menu & recipe development where I get to test out new recipes with a team of chefs & food technologists on a daily basis.

I started this blog mainly as a way to keep all my notes and photos in one place, to connect with other food lovers and share some thoughts on food in general and recipes with you.

I am an urban cook & this is my journal.

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