On Why I Go Ga-ga Over Majestic Cuisine's Yum Cha

There is no doubt that I love Chinese food. I have been to numerous Chinese restaurants over the years and although I often get disappointed with the service, this hasn't stopped me from indulging myself with some cholesterol-worthy food. One thing that I have always wished for though, is to find a Chinese restaurant that has everything- amazing food, top-notch service and warm ambience. Sadly, none of the Chinese restaurants that I have been to in the past had all three. 

And then I came to Wellington and was introduced to the world of Yum cha(r). Of course I've had dim sum before, but I didn't know that it is also called Yum cha. As far as I can remember, I never heard anyone saying, "I'm going for Yum cha". It has always been, "I'm going for dim sum". But however you want to call it, it's still one of my favourite meals. Basically with Yum cha, the staff go around with a tray of different dishes and you just take what you want. They write every dish you take on a piece of paper and you take that with you to the till when you pay.

Most, if not all Chinese restaurants that I have seen in Wellington serve Yum cha from 11am to 230pm. To be honest, I have only been to five Chinese restaurants in Wellington. This is because I have been loyal to Majestic Cuisine in Courtenay Place since that day when I ate half of a roast duck and a massive plate of rice on my own. 

I love Majestic Cuisine not only because they serve really, really good food but more so because their staff exceeded all my expectations. They are very friendly, helpful and all smiles. I have been to Majestic Cuisine more than five times now and I have never encountered any form of rudeness from the staff- one thing that I frequently experienced in the past. This makes Majestic Cuisine the best Chinese restaurant that I have ever been to and I will leave it at that.

Here's a list of some of the dishes that my friends and I frequently eat at Majestic Cuisine:

1. Roast Duck
- I should always have roast duck, always. At Majestic, their roast duck is divine- crispy skin, soft duck meat and not too oily. Easily my favourite.

2. Roast Pork 
- One, if not the best lechon kawali I've ever tasted. My favourite roast until I discovered that you can actually eat duck. :)

3. Dumplings
- Fresh, tender and very tasty. It never fails. Eirenne's favourite.
Siomai (Pork and Prawn Dumplings)
Prawn Dumplings
Chives and Prawn Dumplings

4. Steamed Kailan
- The only vegetable on our table. Cooked to perfect crunchiness and seasoned very well. A personal favourite.

5. Marinated Chiken Feet
- Eirenne said she has tried chicken feet before but didn't like it. When she tried it again at Majestic, she absolutely loved it and now chicken feet has become one of our regular dishes. 

6. Custard Bun
- Darren's favourite. We have to have Custard Bun no matter how full we are. You really can't miss this worthy carbohydrates.

7. Pig's Ears
- A recent discovery. Crunchy cartilage in mild chilli sauce. Reminds me of "pulutan".

8. Fried Squid
- Crispy, tender and flavourful. My kind of calamari.

9. Sesame Balls
- I can easily say that this is the best Buchi ever. I wondered whether they were deep fried or not because there was not a trace of oil when they were served. Crispy and oh so delicious.

And whether it's just me and Eirenne or with four other friends, we always end up having more than ten dishes on our table. Majestic Cuisine is my happy place and with less than NZ$30 each trip, I wouldn't mind going back for more.

I'm not sure if I'll ever find a Majestic Cuisine in London.

tintin x


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