Dim Sum

Dim Sum is one of the biggest parts of Yue Dining. Most people do not know what Yue Cuisine is but they would know Dim Sum. It is fairly popular amongst the foreigners also. Dim Sum are bite size snacks that are mostly steamed, fried or baked. Few popular Dim Sum are the Har Gao, Siu Mai and Cha Siu Bao. Traditionally, a variety of Dim Sum will be pushed to you in carts and you get to choose what you want to eat. These carts still exists in a lot of Yue Cuisines, but in order to be cost efficient and safer, some restaurant just serve the Dim Sum straight to the table in some restaurants.

The Origin of Dim Sum started on the Silk Road. Silk Road was a trade path connecting China and the Mediterranean Sea. Since it was a long road, teahouses were built along the path serving tea for people to rest. Later, it was discovered that tea helps digestion, thus the tea houses started serving snacks which we call Dim Sum nowadays. Dim Sum has the mean of “the touch of heart.” It allows tired merchant to rest and eat up before they head on the road again. The reason behind the carts is that people were already tired, therefore the food comes to you in a cart and you get to pick what you want to eat making it a popular habit for merchants to stop at these tea houses.

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