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Dim Sum. Edward Huyer. Dim Sum. Literally means “to touch the heart” Not a particular food; many different foods are in the category “dim sum” Akin to snack foods or hors d'oeuvres. Dim sum being served in a Hong Kong restaurant. History.

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Dim Sum

Edward Huyer


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Dim Sum

  • Literally means “to touch the heart”

  • Not a particular food; many different foods are in the category “dim sum”

  • Akin to snack foods or hors d'oeuvres

Dim sum being served in a Hong Kong restaurant.


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History

  • Dim sum originated in the days of the Silk Road in China

  • Dim sum is related to the custom of “yum cha” or drinking tea

  • Teahouses appeared on the Silk Road and elsewhere, and the houses and customs expanded to include light dim sum snacks and meals


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Bauzi

Commonly bau or bao

A steamed bread-like bun with meat or vegetable filling

Barbecue pork appears to be the most common in America

Gow

Stuffed, steamed dumplings made with rice flour skin

Skin is usually thin enough to be translucent

Filling is usually shrimp-based, but vegetable and meat fillings exist

Kinds of dim sum


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Cheon Gyun

Also known a spring rolls

Made by wrapping filling (usually vegetable) in a flour skin and deep frying

Siu Maai

Steamed open-top dumpling

Wheat flour skin

Usually pork filling

Many others

Rice noodle rolls

Chicken feet deep fried, boiled, marinated, then steamed

More kinds of dim sum


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Questions?


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