OMG - gray, you are missing out if you dont know what Yum Cha is
The origin is actually "Chinese Tea"... going out for CT for breakfast. These days its basically going to a Chinese Restuarant where they bring around small serves of all sorts of different yummy scrummy things.
You pick what you like, they stamp a card according to the cost (so you really have no idea of what the bill will be like til its hand over the credit card time) - guess that's my only complaint about YC
here, found this from the restaurant website:
The word "Yum Cha" means to drink tea. The traditional custom originated in Southern China, where people would go to a "Tea House" to drink tea.
Chinese tea is known for it's health giving qualities, in particular as being beneficial for digestion as it dissolves the fats from the food.
The custom has changed over time to become a ritual where friends meet at a restaurant for Yum Cha, usually in the morning or lunchtime. At Yum Cha, dim sim ladies present dishes on the trolleys. Customers then select their preferred dishes from the trolleys.
Dim Sim, literally translated, means "To Touch someone's Heart". The custom has developed over centuries when housewives would serve delicate light snacks to visitors and friends to demonstrate their hospitality and cooking abilities.