Forget electrolytes and Panadol — if you've got a hangover, yum cha is the ultimate cure. Just trust us, okay. And Chinatown stalwart Marigold is guaranteed to sort you out. Take your sore head to the Citymark Building, ride the elevator up to Level 5, then get straight into dumplings, tea, Tsingtaos and all the fried food. Like a well-oiled machine, carts start circling from 10am and you're offered all the yum cha classics quicker than you can say 'hair of the dog'. You never have to wait too long for a plate to land in front of your face, which is a hungover person's dream.
From the fried selection, grab some prawn toast, spring rolls, pork pies and hom sui gok (crispy dumplings which are colloquially referred to as 'footballs' for their shape — part footy, part that kid's head from Hey Arnold!). Get your dose of veggies with a round of steamed greens with oyster sauce or garlic and chive dumplings. Squeeze in a couple of fluffy, cloud-like char siu bao (steamed barbecue pork buns filled with sweet, caramelised roast pork), and some slippery cheong fun (steamed rice noodle rolls with prawn). Then, finish up with a yum cha classic, mango pancakes. Get two plates — your second 'dessert belly' will make room.
Even if you deviate from the aforementioned yum cha schedule, you'll be more than satisfied. Marigold has been operating for 36 years, so it's safe to say the OG crew know their way around a dumpling, or two. Moreover, the produce here is irrefutably fresh. Not convinced? Head back for an a la carte meal and order something 'from the tank' — rock lobster at market price, perhaps — the seafood will speak for itself. See that hangover is disappearing already. Just a heads up, do not wear white. Soy sauce stains are the pits.