Dim sum is a style of Cantonese cuisine prepared as small bite-sized or individual portions of food traditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates in Guangdong Province and Hong Kong. Eating dim sum at a restaurant is usually known in Cantonese as going to “drink tea”, as dim sum is typically served with tea. Now I will recommend 7 typical dim sum dishes to all of you.
- Shrimp Dumplings
The dumplings are filled with whole or chopped-up shrimp and the skin is thin and translucent. They should be sturdy enough not to break when picked up with chopsticks and they must not stick to the container or the other dumplings in the basket.
They are small steamed dumplings with pork inside a thin flour wrapper. The center is usually garnished with an orange dot, made of crab roe or diced carrot, although a green dot made with a pea may be used. The decorative presentations vary.
- Cha Siu Bao
Cha Siu refers to the barbecue-flavored pork filling. There are two major kinds of cha siu bao: steamed and baked. Steamed cha siu bao has a white exterior, while its baked counterpart is browned and glazed.
- Chicken Feet
Chicken feet, also known as phoenix claws, are deep fried, boiled, marinated in a black bean sauce and then steamed. They are typically dark red in color.
- Lotus Leaf Rice
Glutinous rice is wrapped in a lotus leaf into a triangular or rectangular shape. It contains egg yolk, dried scallop, mushroom, and chicken. These ingredients are steamed with the rice and although the leaf is not eaten, its flavour is infused during the steaming.
Thick, sticky rice porridge is served with different savory items. The most common and popular one is preserved egg and pork porridge.
- Rice Noodle Rolls
It is a thin roll made from a wide strip of rice noodles, filled with shrimp, pork, beef, vegetables, or other ingredients. Seasoned soy sauce is poured over the dish upon serving.
There are also many other delicious dim sum dishes in Cantonese restaurants. If you have a chance to visit them, please remember to go there before noon since all these dishes are served in the morning.