Hello there! I told you I was going to be back with another Yumcha post! It seems like I’ve been eating out a lot these days. My only reason is that I need to be serious for a few weeks for assignments soooooo I’m just prepping myself for the hibernation. That’s okay, right?
My friends and I are also doing some sort of unofficial tour around Auckland via yumcha restaurants, I think. We’re traversing the Newmarket territories these days so here we are at Pearl Garden. We ate less here (probably because I wasn’t mad starving unlike last time). We also kind of ordered the same things as last time. So if you have yumcha food recommendations I would like to hear them 😀
First off, I think this place looks grand. I’ve only been to a few Chinese restaurants and this is probably the one that paid lots of attention to aesthetics. I don’t get the random glass column in the midst of everything ornate and wooden but it’s pretty when the sunlight hits it and has colourful pebbles/glass beads in it.
The bar matches the column. Okay.
Okiedokies. Food time. My friend actually suggested we come here because she likes the deep fried squid. So obviously we got the squid before anything else. Funny enough my squid-loving friend was the one who came late.
The little plate we set aside for our late friend. Aren’t we nice? Hahah..
Eating is not complete unless we have some siu mai! Nom nomss… They look supersized siu mai to me. More more more. Steamed prawn and chives dumplings.Spying on some deep fried pork and taro puffs. Tea pot get out of the way.
Steamed beef rice rolls.
Sesame balls with black sesame paste.
Tea break in between munches. We had jasmine tea, which I really liked. I also like this teapot. It matched my friend’s coat, it was her birthday that day. I still can’t believe my friend’s age, Koreans have some kind of fountain of youth thing going on. Shoutout to Hannah!
Okiedokies let’s move on to more sweet stuff. Cuuuuuustard bunssss! I just really really like these guys. I need to learn how to make this. Really.
Lotus paste bun. This was the first time I’ve tried it. I didn’t know there was even lotus paste before this bun. Sure I knew that sticky rice is wrapped in lotus leaves, and there are lotus flowers, but paste- made from dried seeds- in a bun? Mmm. So much learning in eating. Hahha. It’s yummy but still it’s custard bun > lotus paste bun. Hahah..
Last one is mango pudding. I don’t know if this is good or not because I have nothing to compare it to. The taste is subtle..barely mango-ey, I think.
Finished! As we walked out the place I looked at the food cart parked by the bar. Ooooh what are they? More things to eat next time!
Okiedokies that’s all for now folks, see ya!