By: Grant Y
If you’ve ever ventured into an authentic Chinese restaurant or have passed by one on the weekend, you’ve probably seen or heard of the phrase “dim sum”. For many people, the strange phrase alone is enough to cause eyebrows to arch, heads to shake and stomachs to become uneasy. While it’s completely natural to err on the side of caution when it comes to new and exotic foods, the good news is that dim sum is probably some of the best-tasting Chinese food that you’ll encounter in your adventures.
So what exactly is dim sum, you ask? It’s been described as the Chinese version of tapas (small plates of Spanish dishes), or small delicacies or snack food. Usually offered during weekend brunch, dim sum is a collection of small Chinese dishes that are usually steamed, baked or fried. Dim sum often features meat dishes, pastries and desserts that you won’t normally see on a restaurant menu otherwise.
Whether you are completely new to dim sum or are an experienced foodie looking to expand your taste buds, our guide will walk you through the perils, pitfalls and joys of finding the best dim sum around. So sit back, relax and let’s begin!