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Dim Sum

The love of Dim Sum in Asia
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David Chen

on 18 December 2009

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Transcript of Dim Sum

Dim Sum Dim sum is the name for a Chinese cuisine which involves a wide range of light dishes served alongside Chinese tea. Yum cha (literally "drinking tea") is the term used to describe the entire dining experience, especially in contemporary Cantonese. It is usually served in the mornings until noon time at Chinese restaurants and at specialty dim sum eateries where typical dishes are available throughout the day. Dishes come in small portions and may include meat, seafood, and vegetables, as well as desserts and fruit. The items are usually served in a small steamer basket or on a small plate. Some Chinese families like to gather for dim sum on special occasions such as Mother’s Day or Chinese New Year. Also, Chinese parents like to bring their children there Sunday mornings to meet and talk with their grandparents. Some people bring newspapers with them and discuss news with their families. Some Chinese restaurants offer discounts on menu items purchased before 11:00 A.M. and tea time discounts after 2:00 P.M. to encourage patrons to avoid the lunch rush. Shu Mai:

Made from mushrooms, pork, and
many other traditional Chinese
ingredients, this Dim Sum delicacy
is a favorite at most Dim Sum
houses abroad. Luo Mi Ji

This delicious snack wrapped in
bamboo leaves to infuse flavors
into the rice inside. Glutinous rice
as well as chicken, beans, and spices
are all steamed inside of this
bamboo shell.
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