Girly bloggers meet up #2: Yum Cha14

Posted on March 1, 2009 by ChristieEvents

[East Ocean Restaurant Yum Cha. L: Pork and ginger dumplings, R: BBQd pork]

Another yum cha adventure!

Today I met up at East Ocean for yum cha with a lovely bunch of women who also happen to be bloggers. The event was the second outing organised by Leigh (a very busy triple blogger: All for Women, Crazy Meezer and That’s Noice) that I’ve attended. The first event, you may remember, was at Max Brenners at Parramatta.

There was a good mix of blogging experience and areas of expertise – babies (of which I know nothing about yet) Mandi and Amanda , reality TV Emma and personal blogs Riayn, Laura and Leigh.

I’m never quite sure what to expect when meeting online friends in the flesh but luckily the conversation flowed freely and so did the food.

I was surprised to find out it was Leigh’s first yum cha experience – a virgin! I’ve been quite a few times (I love it!) and was the only token food blogger so I was happy to guide her in the right direction.

We got several different types of dumplings, both rice and egg noodle wrapped with different fillings, greens in oyster sauce, BBQ’d pork, steamed rice noodle rolls with prawns, ‘footballs’ (flaky pastry encasing a glutinous inner shell and savoury pork filling), steamed and grilled pork and ginger dumplings (pictured above left) and lots of green tea to help digest it all.

I was totally stuffed by the time the dessert cart rolled around but managed to fit in my favourite yum cha sweet, mango pancakes; a deliciously thin orange coloured pancake filled with the lightest, creamiest, freshest whipped cream and fresh mango chunks. Pure heaven.

Sadly I was too full to devour a custard tart. They’re so good at East Ocean too – often still warm with super flaky and buttery pastry.

Anyway, I hope you’re as happy as I am to find even more new blogs to read, hooray!

Happy cooking! Christie x

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  • Great to meet you, and thanks for the comment. I have been missing Yum Cha for the last couple of years…

    BTW you have Emma (Reality TV) and Amanda (Mammabug) mixed up :)

  • @Amanda – Ooops! All fixed now, thanks for the alert on that mistake :) Was great to meet you too and glad you got your yum cha fix!

  • Was great catching up with you today Christie. The photos you took of the food look fantastic! :)

  • christie, can i marry your camera pls kthnxbai ;o)

  • Sensational photos. It was a fab day connecting with other bloggers. Yum Cha was delicious too. The yum cha in the Picadilly Arcade called The Palace is fabulous as well.

  • Sounds nice and girly :) Mmmm, mango pancakes would be lovely.

  • @Riayn – Thanks very much! Looking forward to reading your new weight loss blog, very inspiring.
    @Laura – I’m sorry, my camera is ‘spoken for’, LOL.
    @Reality Raver – Thanks! It was lovely to meet you and your gorgeous little boy. I haven’t tried the Palace, will have to go and report back :)
    @Arwen – The mango pancakes are wonderful! Please go and try them. I promise it will be love at first bite ;)

  • Looks like u had a nice girls time out. I am eying those “footballs”..& mango pancake sounds awesome. waiting for summer here for mangoes.

  • I’m a girly blogger – Can I come eat yummy food next time? Amanda (Mamabug) knows me – in the offline world even. Hopefully she’ll vouch I’m not a scary stranger :)


  • @Soma – The footballs are delicious! I’ll be so sad when mangoes aren’t in season any more :(
    @Sally Rose – Of course you can! More the merrier :)

  • Sounds great! I often find I’m too full from the yummy savoury goodies to partake of a custard tart which I adore. Although I’ve been known to squeeze one in just because I can’t resist!

  • Y

    Mmmm ..Now I feel like having dumplings! Interesting little plate those pork dumplings are on.. usually in Chinese restaurants they just use the standard white plate for all their dishes..?

  • @Lorraine – I really tried to fit it in, promise! :)
    @Y – I know it was weird! :)

  • What fun! I could eat my weight in dumplings :)

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