Dim Sum for Dummies

A weekly updated visual guide to what the dim sum cart pushing lady is slinging. It’s time to learn something tasty!

This dish comes in a few variations with an assortment of fillings; from plain, beef, shrimp, this BBQ pork and awesome.

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The Xiao Long Bao is classified as a soup dumpling based on technique in wrapping and filling – a mixture of minced pork, scallions, ginger and gelatinized pork soup; the little bundle is steam-cooked.

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A simple preparation of shrimp paste, slathered on quartered slices of bell peppers and pan-fried then painted with oyster sauce.

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One of the lesser known dim sum dishes, the seaweed roll is often overlooked and neglected by most, then scooped up by dim sum aficionados – don’t be that person!

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“Cha siu” meaning: barbecue pork, and “So” meaning: pastry, one of the random dishes that sit atop the Auntie’s dim sum cart that doesn’t get as much love as it really should. The BBQ pork pastry is one of my all time favourite dim sum dishes. So favourite that it’s on my top 5 dim […]

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Beef meatball. Coincidentally, my paediatrician’s nickname for me when I was younger, the meatball is made with ground beef marinated in a mix of soy sauce, Shaoxing cooking wine, garlic, ginger and sugar; it’s then whipped together with water chestnut, shitake mushrooms and scallions. The meatball itself is light and airy; this is attributed to […]

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To start this thing off, we have to do it right. The ubiquitous dish of any legit dim sum spot, Phoenix claws – AKA: Chicken feet. Yes, they’re edible… and they’re delicious! Your homeboys Tony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern swear by it and consider it one of the most underrated, least respected and intimidating foods. […]

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