The fact about the tiny pieces of Dim Sum
The history behind
Dimsum related to traditional Yum Cha, means drinking tea while eating small pieces of bread (shrimp dumplings, glutinous rice, steamed pork buns, custard buns, spring rolls ...). Yum Cha tradition rooted in the needs of the travelers on the ancient Silk Road, the need to get away or a place to rest after a long way of moving. People therefore opened the roadside teahouse to serve light breakfast dishes.
Dim sum has its own story - Photo: berniesbites
The unique art of Dim Sum is originated from Guangdong, southern China, where traditional Yum Cha turned into a main meal. For many people in southern China, Yum Cha is an occasion for family gatherings on the weekend. The Dim Sum restaurant usually serves traditional Dim sum in the afternoon. However the modern restaurant on the other hand serves guests during evening.
The Dim Sum is also sold as portable handy snacks for busy students and employees - Photo: CNN
Dim Sum Dishes
A traditional Dimsum brunch includes various types of steamed buns such as cha siu bao (a steamed bun filled with barbecue pork) , dumplings and rice noodle rolls (cheong fun), which contain a range of ingredients, including beef, chicken, pork, prawns and vegetarian options.
Har Gow (shrimp dumplings) and Shao Mai (small dumplings with pork meat, shrimp or both) are the two most traditional Dimsum. Experience the perfect Yum Cha will not be perfect if you do not taste the two kinds of standard Dimsum.
Har Gow and Shao Mai
Serving Dim Sum
The way of serving Dim sum is also special, making diners get excited. The serving sizes are usually small and normally served with three or four pieces in one dish. With the small portions, people can try a wide variety of food. The Dim sum is carried often on a push cart. This is actually a steamed – heat cart, moving around the restaurant for diners to choose their orders while seated at their tables.
Diners can choose Dimsum directly at their table - Photo: dembowski
There are also two unwritten rules when eating Dimsum: You should go eat many people because the more people go to eat Dimsum, the more you have the opportunity to try many kinds of Dimsum. And you should pour tea for others before filling your own glass.