The historic origins of Dim Sum

Dim Sum is a culinary snack that means ‘touch the heart” in Chinese. Read on as we explore its history and how it has become a favourite cuisine.

A brief history of Dim Sum

Dim Sum is believed to have originated from the southeastern region of China, specifically Guangdong. It was initially served at tearooms in the capital Guangzhou. It was the preferred snack for Silk Road travellers as they took breaks for a meal. This made the dim sum meal popular as it spread throughout the region.

How to order a Dim Sum meal

If you are visiting one of your favourite Dim Sum restaurant Bangkok, the first thing you will want to order for this meal is tea. This is logical since the meal historically originated from tea houses. The meal is usually served from an assortment of vegetable, meat and seafood dishes. They will either be fried, baked or steamed.

Popular Dim Sum dishes

One of the popular dim sum dishes is the Shumai, also referred to as Shao Mai or Siu Mai. It is usually a thin wrapped dish consisting of shrimp, pork, or both. It will usually be accompanied by vegetables such as water chestnuts, black mushrooms or bamboo shoots. Another popular Dim Sum dish is the Shrimp Dumpling, also referred to as the Xia Jiao or Har Gow, usually served with a bamboo steamer. You also have the choice of soup dumplings, also referred to as Xiaolong Bao. The pork and hot broth soup are usually served in a bamboo steamer. Another Dim Sum meal available is the BBQ pork buns, which are also referred to as Chashao Bao or Charsiu Bao. These are bready buns stuffed with pork. You may also want to consider sampling chicken feet, rice noodle rolls, or egg tart Dim Sum dishes.


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