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‘YUM CHA’ Paying Nostalgic Tribute to Hong Kong’s Bygone Typhoon Shelter Food Culture at New Causeway Bay Branch

December 21, 2017 Dining No Comments Email Email

Chic and trendy dim sum dining destination YUM CHA is opening a new branch in Causeway Bay this January, paying tribute to the location with a nostalgic menu celebrating Hong Kong’s bygone typhoon shelter food culture. Located on the 2nd floor of Emperor Watch & Jewellery Centre at 8 Russell Street, Causeway Bay, it joins a family of lively sister restaurants in Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Mongkok.

YUM CHA has proved a roaring success since launching two years ago with a thoroughly modern twist to Hong Kong’s traditional ‘yum cha’ ritual of tea and dim sum delicacies. The latest branch extends the tradition of honouring Hong Kong’s culinary heritage with tribute to Causeway Bay’s long-lost typhoon shelter cuisine.

Complementing the nostalgic theme, serving staff are dressed in retro boat-dweller uniforms, against an interior design backdrop of typhoon shelter-inspired graffiti by renowned Thai street artist Piyasak Khieosaard.

The typhoon shelter was a thriving, floating nightlife hub from the early 1960s to mid of the 1990s, renowned for affordable fresh-caught seafood aboard ramshackle sampans.

In celebration of the new opening, Deputy Executive Chef KC Mak has crafted an array of new specialties with a typhoon shelter theme, reviving the tradition with a nostalgic side-menu of iconic favourites exclusive to the new restaurant – from tangy Typhoon-shelter Style Fried Crab with Crispy Garlic and fiery Boiled Spicy Whelk with Chinese Wine to Fried Mantis Shrimp, succulent Scallop withCrispy Garlic, and more.

YUM CHA is renowned for playful, eye-catching and ‘instaworthy’ dim sum that are widely admired on social media – while maintaining authentic flavours using fresh and quality ingredients – and Executive Chef Winson Yip continues the imaginative tradition with new dim sum specialties including the amusingly moustached Peanut Papa Bun, filled with peanut sauce and white sesame, Cantonese Sponge Cake with Preserved Tofu, Mixed Veggie Jelly and Mentaiko Rice Rolls.

With tea central to the dim sum culture, YUM CHA has also sourced a wide range of premium brews to complement the dining experience, highlighted by an exclusive new iced tea collection.

“Since opening in 2015, YUM CHA always strives to promote Hong Kong’s food culture, and typhoon shelter seafood is a nostalgic tribute rekindling fond memories of a bygone age bringing locals and tourists a memorable dining experience,” said Director of Operations Kenneth Ng.

“At the same time our ‘instaworthy’ culinary creations enliven the dining experience, generating amused interaction between diners and their friends through cyberspace.”

In the heart of Causeway Bay overlooking Times Square, the new location is transparent through a giant 27-metre glass façade. Interior design is styled after an elegant New York loft, with rustic touches referencing traditional Chinese tea houses – including grey terrazzo floor tiles with rosewood red and ivory accents, brass detailing, red brick finishes and spiral ceiling ducts.

Located at 2/F, Emperor Watch & Jewellery Centre, 8 Russell Street, Causeway Bay, YUM CHA (Causeway Bay) seats 168 guests with four private rooms for 8 to 10 people.

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