Dim sum which originated in China several hundred years ago actually refers to a style of Chinese food preparation. Here, bite sized portions of food are beautifully served on small plates or traditional cane steamer baskets. This Chinese dish is very similar to the hot and cold delicacies which are served in most French restaurants known as ‘hors d’oeuvres’.
About Dim Sum
Dim Sums are steamed, ready to eat dishes which are served widely in Chinese restaurants. These bite sized delicacies which come in a variety of flavors and fillings, are steamed in traditional cane baskets. Most Chinese restaurants will have dedicated servers or attendants, who travel the length and breadth of the restaurant with little push carts loaded with this delicacy. Dim sums are normally served to customers with a cup of Chinese tea.
Brief History of Dim Sum
The origin of dim sum can be traced to the olden days when laborers, wayfarers and farmers, used to stop at road side tea stalls to drink a cup of the hot brew. Hua To was an Imperial physician, who lived in the 3rd century AD. He advised the general public to refrain from eating food while drinking tea as it could result in excessive weight gain. However as lore goes, people decided not pay heed to his advice, and continued to have snacks while drinking tea. That was how the ritual of ‘yum cha’ or eating dim sums while drinking tea was invented.
Some of the popular varieties of Dim sums, which are sold in Chinese restaurants, include ham sui gau, shrimp dumplings, potsticker, char siew sou to name a few.
A range of ingredients are used as fillings in dim sums. Some of the popular dim sum fillings include prawns, pork, chicken, beef and vegetables.
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Boneless Chicken Mince – 250 gms
Pork Fat – 50 gms
Garlic – 5 gms or about three large pods
Onion Sliced Finely – 1
Cilantro – 10 gms
Egg – 1
Special Dim Sum Flour – 250 gms
Spring Onion – 20 gms
Salt – To Taste
Freshly Milled White Pepper Powder – 2 gms
Knorr Aromat Powder – 4 gms
1. Purchase some special dim sum flour (about 250 gms) from local Chinese store.
2. Boil some water in a saucepan.
3. Next add the dim sum flour to the saucepan of boiling water.
4. Remove the saucepan from the fire.
5. Take a large wooden spatula. Start mixing the flour and water in the saucepan vigorously to form smooth dough.
6. Take the freshly made dough, cover it with a moist cloth and store it in a cool, dry place.
7. In another saucepan, sauté the sliced spring onions, sliced onions and garlic. Add the minced chicken to the sautéed vegetables. Continue sautéing.
8. Add salt, white pepper and knorr aromat powder to the minced chicken mixture.
9. Once the chicken is done, remove the saucepan from the fire.
10. Take the pre prepared dough and divide into equal sized balls.
11. Roll out the dough balls into thin discs.
12. Take a small portion of the chicken mince mixture and place it in the centre of each disc.
13. Artistically seal each disc containing the chicken stuffing.
14. Place the dim sums in a bamboo steamer.
15. Steam the chicken dim sums till they appear transparent.
16. Serve hot with oyster sauce and soy sauce.
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