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.
Tea is what Chinese people drink to accompany a meal. It has thousand years of history and has been drank even before the beginning of the dynasties. When you go to a Yue Cuisine, after you sat down, you always hear “what tea would you like to drink?”. This is like when you go to a American Restaurant and the server asking you what drink would you like. The are tons of tea leaves including black tea, yellow tea, green tea, oolong tea and jasmine tea out there but few popular ones that are shared amongst most Yue Cuisines are the Longjing Tea, Pu,er Tea, Tieguanyin Tea, Xiangpian Tea, etc. These 4 are the most popular and a must have in Yue Cuisines.
Table manner is considered very important in the Yue culture due to the fact that manners in general is very important. If a child have bad table manners, it reflects on bad parenthood. Therefore, many parents are very strict on their children. We call manners “JiaJiao” in mandarin. My parents weren’t super strict but they taught me 5 strict table manners that I had to follow.
Aside from the steam baskets, another main Yue cookware is the “Wok”. It first existence was founded 2,000 years ago. The word “Wok” has the meaning of cooking pot in Cantonese. It is a round bottom pan and normally larger than most American pans.
#1 Dim Sum (點心)
Dim Sum is bite size dishes served in a steam baskets. The traditional way of serving is having it pushed around in carts and allow people to choose what they want. Due to safety issues and cost efficiency, nowadays most Dim Sum places just serve you from the kitchen.
Most of the times when you go into a Yue cuisine, you find very different utensils on the table comparing to dining at a western or European cuisine. Mainly in Yue restaurants, you’ll find a pair of chopsticks and soup spoon on your utensil rack.
Yue Cuisine is originated from Guangdong, the southern part of China. It is also known as the Cantonese Cuisine or Cantonese food. Yue Cuisine is one of the main four types of Chinese cooking. Unlike the other three types of Chinese food, Yue Cuisine tries to retain the origin flavor of the food instead of using tons of spices and sauces in the process of cooking the food. Foreigners are often astonished by the variety of animals used in Yue Cuisine. It varies from normal food like seafood to snake and century eggs. The century eggs definitely taste better than it looks. The variety comes from the different animals from the vase lands and coastlines.