A Detailed Guide About Dim Sum

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Dim sum is one of the most popular dishes in China. This article will provide you with a detailed guide on what dim sum is, how it’s served and where to find the best places to eat it in your area.

What is Dim Sum?

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Dim sum (点心) means ‘touch the heart’ in Cantonese. It’s a category of food that originated from Chaoshan cuisine but has developed into one of China’s most popular dishes, beloved by locals and tourists alike.

What Are The Different Types Of Dim Sum?

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There are many types of dim sum with each region having its unique variations with names such as baozi, shaomai, jiaozi/guotie, Chengjiang, youtiao, fun guy, niu rou, and many more. Some dim sum dishes are also made with shrimp or fish meat which is why they’re not suitable for vegans.

Where Did Dim Sum Originate?

Dim sum started in cuisine but the dish’s popularity soon spread throughout China where many people now enjoy eating it for breakfast or brunch. It can be found in all regions of China; Guangdong Province, Guangxi Province, Fujian Province and even in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.

How Is Dim Sum Served?

Traditionally dim sum is served in baskets which customers pick up from the table while waiting for their dishes to arrive. The items will then be placed on top of a piece of butcher’s paper or wax paper on the customer’s table and plates aren’t provided. It’s also customary not to use chopsticks when eating dim sum; instead, people eat with their hands by tearing pieces off the food item with their teeth. To make savoring every dish more convenient bowls are often provided for water (to cleanse your palate) along with soy sauce (if it contains meat). It’s also good etiquette not to make noises while eating.

What Is A Dim Sum Meal Like?

A traditional dim sum meal consists of around 5 different items, with each person sharing the dishes among the group. Items are usually served in threes or fours and will be placed on top of butcher’s paper or waxed paper, which is then divided into smaller pieces to share between everyone at the table

Where Can I Find A Good Place To Eat Dim Sum?

Dim sum can be found all over the world but if you’re looking for a great place to eat it in your area there are plenty of options available – just ask people in your community or search online for Chinese restaurants nearby which serve dim sum.


Dim sum is a popular Cantonese dish that originated in China. The literal translation of dim sum means “to touch the heart,” and this name does provide some insight into what to expect from the cuisine. Dim sum features small dishes with different flavors that are meant to be shared amongst friends or family members. A typical meal will include steamed buns, dumplings, fried rice rolls, shrimp balls, barbecue pork buns and more. There are many varieties of dim sum restaurants across the world as well as at home kitchens where people may prepare their own for special occasions like weddings or birthdays. Now you know everything there is to know about how delicious these little morsels can be!

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