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Yum cha offers a feast for all
Yum cha is a glutton s idea
of heaven. It is also a fan-
tastic family-friendly lunch
The Cantonese name yum cha
generally refers to the tradition of
morning tea comprising a range of
small dishes served in steam
baskets. Collectively known as
dim sum, the dishes are usually
steamed or fried, and may be
savoury or sweet.
Wellingtonians have taken to
yum cha and the Grand Century
is a popular weekend destination.
Sharing numerous plates of
food is more fun with a group, so
when family visited from Auck-
land we used the opportunity to
eat at the Tory St restaurant.
The dining room is vast, but
when five of us arrived at 11.30am
the place was full and there was
already a queue. Thankfully, we
Owner Judy Tai, who opened
the Grand Century eight years
ago, employs chefs from Hong
Kong to make the vast array of
Waiters weave through the
tables taking these goodies, which
include buns, dumplings, crispy
duck, to hungry diners.
Some dishes are unidentifiable
to New Zealanders, but diners can
choose to be as experimental as
they please. There are no
recriminations for turning down a
basket of food -- the efficient wait
staff just move to the next table.
We were seated by the kitchen --
fantastic because it meant we got
first dibs on everything that came
through the kitchen door.
The crispy duck, sticky rice
parcels, prawns and coriander
parcels went down a treat, as did
other tasty dishes. The steamed
green vegetables are a must.
Tea, too, comes in endless
supply and is a refreshing
addition to the meal.
It s all too easy to keep saying
yes to whatever dishes are
brought to the table, but there
comes a point where you fill up
and have to start saying no.
The restaurant is vast and the
decor plain. There are hundreds of
diners and a sense of organised
chaos, but it is lively and cheerful.
The Grand Century is also open
for lunch and dinner during the
The meal cost $99 for five
Rugby players get quizzical
Tough guys: Ollie Langdale meets Jeffery Toomaga-Allen. Photo: EMMA BEER
By EMMA BEER
There were Lions among the
students in Island Bay this week.
Pupils at St Francis de Sales
School received a surprise visit
from four Wellington Lions rugby
players to help generate excite-
ment about a new school
Whetu Henry, Hayden Cripps,
Shaun Treeby and Jeffery
Toomaga-Allen attended a special
school assembly on Wednesday.
The school intends laying an
artificial turf on its top field. To
help raise the $127,000 needed, it
is holding a quiz for the pupils,
who have been encouraged to find
The quiz, to be held in Sept-
ember, will consist of 40 rugby-
related questions. For every ques-
tion answered correctly, sponsors
will donate money.
On Wednesday, a few questions
were tested on the Lions players.
The name of the New Zealand
rugby team was easy, but there
was umm-ing and ahh-ing about
how many cities the Rugby World
Cup would visit.
Afterwards the players said the
questions were harder than they
expected, and that they should
probably do a little more study
before the first game kicks off next
Principal Alan Fleming said the
artificial turf plan was exciting.
The fact that pupils were
unable to use the field for days at
a time was frustrating, so the
school had found a solution.
Most of the winter [the field] is
shut. It s clay, it doesn t drain
well. [An artificial turf] is a better
use of our playground.
He said laying an artificial turf
would benefit not just the school,
but the local community.
After school hours
the turf would be avail-
able for use by local
sports teams, many of
which included pupils
from the school.
For more photographs
of the players' visit, see
To sponsor a child or
donate to the school,
call the office on
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