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Dim Sum
The name dim sum, literally means "to dot your heart" may refer to small dishes Chinese eat between meals, for snacks or tea time. These small portions, bite-size Chinese food consists of a variety of steamed, braised, baked and deep fried dishes, are not only pleasant to the eyes but delicious too.

"(In Canton) the Chinese fondness for snacks and small eats reaches a kind of apotheosis." E.N. Anderson, quoted in Ken Hom's 'The Taste of China'

Made from the freshest ingredients, dim sum is often served in the morning as breakfast or brunch in Chinese restaurants (not all of them serve dim sum) where instead of ordering, you choose from a wide assortment of tantalizing delicacies that the waiters bring out on trolleys and trays.


There are the flavorful steamed shrimp dumplings wrapped in soft and subtle rice flour pastry (Har Gao), deep-fried egg-rolls, steamed buns with roast pork (Char Siu Bao), crispy yam croquette filled with minced pork, shrimps and Chinese mushrooms (Woo Kok), turnip cake (Lor Bak Ko), mango custard tarts and the list goes on and on. Dim sum chefs will constantly come up with new creations and may take you several visits to determine your favorites.

Chinese Meat Buns"The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star." (Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste)

One thing about a meal of dim sum is that you can drink Chinese tea and you are often said to be drinking tea 'YUM CHA' when you have a meal of dim sum. Originated in tea houses in Canton, China, where you can find the best dim sum and Chinese dumplings, this unique Chinese food is now very popular in other Asian countries and in the west.

Chinese Dimsum Pork Buns

At 'yum cha', if you notice someone tapping impatiently by their cup when a friend pours them tea, they're not being impolite. It's a way of saying thank you.

Pictures of Dim Sum and Chinese Dumplings with Names







Fried Glutinous Rice with Assorted Waxed Meats
Har Gow (Shrimp Dumpling)

Mango Pudding
Steamed Buns with Pork
Shrimp Dumplings
Beef Dumplings
Cantonese Fish Dumplings
Beef Siu Mai
Dumplings with Parsley & Shrimps
Prawn Fritters
Siew Mai
Steamed Beef Balls



Barbecued Meat Bun
Steamed Dumpling w/ Meat & Vegetable Filling
Crabmeat Dumpling
Seafood Dumpling
Fried Sesame Balls
Deep Fried Soya Bean Milk Custard Balls
Deep Fried Taro Pie
Spring Rolls
Chee Cheong Fun
Baked Barbecued Pork Buns


See also : Chinese Sauces and Dippings

Savory dipping sauces are also a feature in a Chinese food. The three principal ones are chili, mustard and plum. Small spoonfuls of the chosen sauces are placed on one's plate. A morsel of the fish, shellfish, meat or poultry is taken up with the chopsticks, then it is dipped in sauce and eaten.

Popular appetizers like spring rolls and egg rolls just wouldn't taste the same without a flavorful dipping sauce. Here are some descriptions and recipes of popular Chinese dips and sauces.



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