What is dim sum

Dim Sum

What their tapas are to the Spanish and their antipasti to the Italians, their dim sum is to the Hong Kong Chinese. The small, steamed delicacies are traditionally served with tea in a bamboo basket.

Cantonese specialty

Dim Sum is a specialty of Cantonese cuisine and literally means "little heart warmer". The appetizers are mainly dough bags or pouches that are served with a wide variety of fillings. Most dim sum is steamed, but some types of dim sum are also deep-fried. The Mecca of Dim Sum is Hong Kong, where there are special Dim Sum restaurants. Long queues form in front of them in the mornings: a surefire sign that the people in Hong Kong love their dim sum.

Dim Sum: filled delicacies

Dim Sum are very versatile, but the Cantonese chefs cannot ignore the classics "har gau", shrimp wrapped in pasta dough, and "siu mai", steamed minced pork wrapped in tofu. Also popular as dim sum fillings are braised cabbage, mushrooms, and seafood. Dim sum fillings are seasoned with chilli, ginger, coriander and soy sauce. In addition to spicy dim sum, there are also sweet variants, for example with lotus or sweet bean paste.

Diverse dim sum

Although dim sum is often made of batter, there are some exceptions such as fried bean curd rolls, radish rice cake or steamed squid in curry sauce. It never gets boring in the dim sum restaurants, as there should be more than 1000 different types of dim sum. Whole dim sum menus are preferably served at lunchtime in the restaurants. The waitresses walk through the rows with the bamboo steamer baskets and lift the lid in front of the guests. They are spoiled for choice with the many Dim Sum. In Germany there are a few restaurants that specialize in dim sum, such as Man Wah on Hamburger Spielbudenplatz. Traditional Chinese restaurants also often have Dim Sum on their menu, especially if they offer a Chinese-language menu in addition to a German-language menu.