Everything You Need To Know About Dim Sum

With Chinese New Year happening from Jan. 31 to Feb. 14, its seems like the perfect time to explore the world of dim sum. In Hong Kong and many parts of southern mainland China, this treat of dumplings is a morning weekend ritual, kind of like the western world’s brunch.

In a restaurant that serves dim sum, you’ll see trays of the savory dumplings stacked in metal or bamboo steamer baskets. To order these treats just point to the tray as they are rolled by your table. If you attend culinary school online and want to follow the traditional dim sum tradition, follow these tips:

How to order and eat
Ordering – As the cart makes it way toward your table, you’ll be asked what type of dumpling you would like. Most likely there will be up to three choices offered at a time. All you have to do is say “yes” if you’re up for trying whatever they are presenting you. If you are unfamiliar with one of the dumplings, you might want to just try it to take part in a new experience. In the off chance that your favorite item hasn’t made it around to your table, just ask for it and chances are they will make it fresh, just for you.

Eating – If you aren’t familiar or used to dining with chopsticks brush, up on your skills. Dim sum is traditionally eaten with these sticks – however, if needed, go ahead and ask for a fork.

Types of dim sum
Dumplings – These are a popular type of dim sum and can be filled with many items. The shark fin type is traditionally made with shrimp, pork, carrots and cilantro. You can distinguish this version from the rest because of its ridged texture and shape, which lends its name.

Rice noodles – This dim sum offering is made by wrapping rice noodles sheets around beef, shrimp or another item. It’s also served with a soy-based sauce.

Barbecue pork buns – If you love barbecue and bread you’ll enjoy this next dim sum item. It combines both items for a fluffy and satisfying treat.

Crab claws – This next item is for an adventurous person. It features a crab claw with the meat still attached and is encased in ground shrimp and fried.

Sauce – When heading to a dim sum meal you can’t for get about the sauces. You’ll find a wide variety available, like soy sauce, hot mustard, chili oil and red-vinegar based condiments.

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