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Dim Sum with Adrienne

Posted on: August 10, 2009

Dim Sum with Adrienne

I’m known to my friends and family as culinary enthusiast.  I see food as an essential cultural element, alongside art, literature, music, holidays, and customs.  With so many families adopting from China, I thought it would be a good idea to tell you about dim sum, a meal traditionally enjoyed at breakfast or lunch.  Although you are likely to see dim sum throughout your trip, this custom orginated in Canton Province (now Guangdong Province).  In Chinese it is called “yum cha” which, literally translated, means “to drink tea.”  The term “dim sum” actually refers to the foods served at the meal.

Seated at a large round table with a lazy susan, you will be offered Chinese tea, which they may have in different varieties.  “Pooh Ehr” is a version of Chinese black tea, and chrysanthemum tea sweetened with rock sugar is also common.  Some restaurants offer a mix of the two.  Once the tea is served, a waiter will place a ticket on your table, then it’s time to eat!

Dim sum is served in small quantities so that it’s possible to try lots of different things.  Waiters and waitresses push carts of food through the dining room, stopping at each table to offer you something.  You will notice food served on small plates, bowls, bamboo steamer baskets, and dishes covered with domed stainless steel lids.  If the food is not clearly visible from the cart, the server will lift the lids to show you each type of dim sum on the cart.  If you see something you’d like to try, let them know, and they’ll put the dish on your lazy susan and mark your ticket for the number and type of dishes that have been served to your table.  A lazy susan is always used in Chinese restaurant-style and formal dining to make it easier for foods to be shared and reached with chopsticks.

Here’s a sampling of soe typical dim sum dishes that you might enjoy:

Meat & Shrimp Roe Dumpling

Meat & Shrimp Roe Dumpling

Roast Pork Buns

Roast Pork Buns

Marinated Meatballs

Marinated Meatballs

Sauteed Spareribs

Sauteed Spareribs

Shrimp Dumplings

Shrimp Dumplings

Shumai

Shumai

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