The words “yum cha” translate to “drink tea” in Cantonese. Hence, where Chinese tea is mainly enjoyed with dim sum at traditional tea houses in Asia, YumCha here in Denver provides a curated taste of culture and cuisine closer to home. And trust us, everything on the menu is good.
Located on 16th St. Mall, this little gem serves Asian-inspired dishes for the world traveler at heart. “YumCha is fun and playful and everyone loves dumplings and noodles,” says Chef Lon Symensma, Owner of ChoLon Restaurant Concepts. From Chinese to Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese, Chef Lon incorporates a plethora of flavors. “We take our inspiration and ideas from all over Asia for our noodle dishes and artfully handcrafted dumplings.”
When it comes to taste, every single item is delish. The main menu includes a lovely array of dumplings, warm noodle dishes and even Pad Thai. The newest starter that’s sure to please is the Pom Pom Shrimp with creamy Nuoc Cham and Lemongrass. With a plus one? The Jade Shrimp Dumplings come in a foursome so they are great for sharing before your entrée.
“The Pom Pom Shrimp with Nuoc Cham Mayo is a fun Vietnamese-inspired dish. We make a shrimp mousse with coconut milk, lemongrass, fish sauce, palm sugar and cilantro. Spring roll wrappers are shaved and the mousse is rolled around the wrappers to remind me of a Pom Pom when fried crispy,” adds Chef Lon. “The mayo is made from a traditional Nuoc Cham sauce that has been emulsified with egg yolks and oil. I love the explosive flavors and dynamic textures of this playful YumCha dish.”
For mains, a favorite is the Saigon RiceNoodle Salad Bowl (the Pork Belly option seals the deal) with Pickled Vegetables and Nuoc Cham “V”. We also recommend the Suikawari cocktail made with Spring 44 Gin, Fresh Watermelon, Yuzu and Thai Basil. Got a sweet tooth? To finish things off, try the Frozen Thai Tea Sundae with Coconut and Chocolate Fortune Cookie. Absolutely delectable!
To conclude, it doesn’t matter if you’re having lunch, dinner or just drinks, YumCha will leave you coming back for more.
*Open for in-person dining and takeout. Walk-ins welcome; reservations can be made online.