With over 25 varieties of hand-made dim sum, dumpling lovers are flocking to Yum Cha restaurant Mr Yip in Neutral Bay.
North Shore locals who have uncovered the local gem Mr Yip love it for its fast and friendly service, moderately priced menu and special weekend yum cha.
Famed dim sum chef Kirk Yip showcases his handiwork in the restaurant’s extensive dumpling menu including pork xiao long bao, spiced wagyu dumplings prawn, pan-fried pork cheek buns and more.
With decades of experience under his belt, Kirk delivers a modern and fresh take on traditional dim sum. The chef spent 10 years cooking in Hong Kong, then worked as a Cantonese dim sum consultant in Singapore, before coming to Australia. Here, he worked as dim sum head chef at The Golden Century, Lotus Dining Group and Jia Home, and opened Mr Yip in November 2021.
“Our restaurant provides high-quality hand-made dumplings and we sell them at a reasonable price so more customers can enjoy them,” says Kirk.
Mr Yip’s menu showcases the diversity of Cantonese food and proves there’s more to the cuisine beyond sweet and sour pork. The food is fast and filling, and they make all dumplings fresh in the morning for maximum flavour and texture.
“We have more than 25 different handmade dim sum. Whether it is dumpling wrappers or dumpling fillings, all are handmade by ourselves,” Kirk explains.
Steamed and fried dumplings make up 50% of Mr Yip’s a la carte offerings, along with entrees like salt and pepper calamari, plus rice and noodle dishes including vegetarian truffle fried rice or Sichuan style dan-dan noodles.
Last year, Mr Yip introduced weekend yum cha lunch so guests can enjoy their favourite dim sum day and night. Their most popular dumplings include:
- Snow mountain BBQ pork buns
- Pork xiao long bao
- Peking duck spring rolls
- Prawn and scallop dumplings
- Chicken wonton with homemade chilli sauce
- Wild mushroom and baby spinach dumplings
“I hope local people know that Cantonese dim sum is not only har gau, siu mai and steamed BBQ buns,” Kirk says.
“We have a special dumpling every month to bring different surprises to customers,” he adds.
For dessert, there are custard buns and crème brûlée, and drinks are covered with juice, soft drinks and organic teas like China rose black tea and Yunan Pu Erh.
“Yum cha is the most important culture in Hong Kong,” Kirk says. “[There}, a lot people eat dim sum for breakfast with a pot of tea…”
Mr Yip is also BYO so guests can bring their own drinks to enjoy over dinner.
So drop in for some dim sum, and with those 25 different varieties on the menu, we’ll be keen to hear who’s tried them all and which were your favourites!
Mr Yip Dumpling
Where: 240 Military Rd, Neutral Bay NSW 2089
When: Wednesday – Sunday, 12:30-2:30pm (Yum Cha) + 5:30-9pm