Interesting Facts about Dim Sum

Interesting-facts-about-dim-sum Courtesy of Best Quest For those who haven’t tried Dim Sum or don’t know what it is – it’s simply nuggets of paper-thin wrappers or dough, prepared in several ways (steamed, boiled with broth or fried in pot stickers) and is traditionally served in small bamboo steamer baskets. This bite-sized dish is uniquely traditional Chinese cuisine and can be filled up with almost anything – cream cheese, biltong, pork, beef, chicken or vegetables and is served with tea. They can be sweet or savory depending on your preference. READ: A Feast on the Reels: Win Sum Dim Sum [video width="250" height="250" mp4="/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/WSDS_Online_250x250.mp4" loop="true" autoplay="true"][/video]

Here are some interesting facts about this delicacy

  1. Dim Sum (點心) means ‘point of the heart’ if translated directly from Chinese
  2. Originally, it was referred to Yum Cha which can also carry the same meaning as having high tea and sharing a variety of small dishes/snacks with friends and family
  3. It originated in Canton (Guangdong), China
  4. Dim Sum is often served with Har Gow (steamed shrimp dumpling) and Shao Mai (steamed dumplings of either pork or shrimp or both)
  5. Dim Sums can be complete meals in themselves depending on what you fill it with. The variations are meat, chicken, shrimp and vegetables
  6. You can have the option of being served by a waiter who pushes the carts filled with the dishes or get your own cart at your table and help yourself
  7. When having Dim Sum and tea, it’s customary to serve the guests first before serving yourself
  8. The secret of having more Dim Sum varieties is by inviting more people to dine with you

How to Order Dim Sum

Traditionally, Dim Sum is placed in a cart that is pushed around by servers and you can just point out the meal you want from the cart. Alternatively, you can walk to where the carts are and take your pick. However, for those restaurants that don’t have carts, patrons can order from a printed menu. Dim Sum accompaniments If you want to try some Dim Sum and you’re not sure what to order it with, try the following options:
  • Har Gow - streamed shrimp dumpling
  • Xiao Long Bao – steamed meat vegetable dumpling with a juicy soup source
  • Lo Mai Gai – rice wrapped in lotus leaf
  • Cha Siu Bao – barbecue pork bun
  • Shao Mai – steam dumplings with pork, shrimp or both of them
  • Taro Dumpling – mashed taro, mushroom, shrimp and pork
Interesting-facts-about-Dim-Sum Har Gow (steamed shrimp) For more serving suggestions and if you want to make it from scratch, read more here>> or just play Win Sum Dim Sum online slot
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