Chinese Dim Sum is my favorite of all the culinary delights in China.
Three servers open up this tower of
dishes, revealing delicacy after delicacy!
Chinese Dim Sum is one of the best ways to:
Dim Sum is a specialty of the southern parts of China. Restaurants in Hong Kong and Guangdong province have the best Dim Sum. You will find Dim Sum in other big cities too. The southern chefs are imported in - because making authentic Dim Sum requires a special talent.
Dim Sum (Cantonese) or Dian Sung (Mandarin) means early tea. If you invited to drink “early tea”, that means “eat a Dim Sum brunch”!
There are two different ways Chinese Dim Sum can go down:
You get to see exactly what you will eat - no surprises!
Whichever way you go - you are certain to get wonderful, delicious dishes. And the best thing is that it always seems - no matter how many times you go for Dim Sum - that you can always find something new.
These tasty Dimsum porcupines are filled with
a smooth, sweet and gooey Taro root paste.
After years of being in China, just last weekend I found these cute critters served at a Hong Kong Dim Sum place:
These porcupines are very rare and hard to find.
These BBQ pork buns have just a hint of a sweet flavor. Tasty!
These are my old favorite. They are exactly what they sound like - shredded pork with BBQ sauce inside a steamed bun. Delicious and perfect with green tea.
Breaded squid served DimSum style.
The southern coast of China - especially Hong Kong and Shenzhen - has some of the freshest seafood you will find on the planet. You can find curried squid, breaded squid, and even steamed squid with hot peppers. All taste delicious. Eat them while they're hot and tender, and they almost melt in your mouth.
These scrumptious treats are made from shrimp, pasta and a sprinkling of caviar on top. There's nothing like this.
You either love 'em or you cringe at the thought of 'em.
Yes. When you go to your local Wing-Wong's all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet, this is what the Chinese staff are munching on in the back room.
If you are brave enough - taste it. Think of it as a delicacy, and it tastes much better.
When you bite into this delicate pastry, expect a juicy explosion of flavor in your mouth. The dumpling is actually filled with soup in there! These are great with the red vinegar sauce that comes on the side.
I always wondered how to eat these. The first time, I bit into it and soup sprayed all over me - not to mention all innocent bystanders within range!
Next time, I put the entire dumpling in my mouth at once, sealed my lips and bit. As rude as that sounds, I figured it was less offensive than squirting people.
At last I was trained in the official way to eat these dumplings. Here it is, may you never embarrass yourself while enjoying this delicacy:
Here's another mystery
How do they get the soup inside the dumpling?
Can you imagine trying to wrap up runny soup in a thin pastry?
....Answer: the soup is chilled until it becomes solid. Then it's wrapped up and when it's heated, the soup melts inside the dumpling!