Dim Sum Shrine
and Take-Out Joint
Review by Debbie Mazo
With Chinese New Year around the corner, what better way to pay homage then by sampling some well-seasoned favorites of the Chinese culinary experience. Stop in at the Dim Sum Shrine and Take-Out Joint, and enjoy the tempting sights and smells of Dim Sum, an ancient Chinese delicacy.
What is Dim Sum? According to the welcome statement at Susan and Larry Karper's webpage, "it's a snack, it's an appetizer, it's a spiritual experience". If you're still not sure what Dim Sum is, there's several definitions available describing this meal (often served Saturdays at lunch time) consisting of many tasty, finger food items.
More a style of eating than a particular food, you'll find the ins and outs of Dim Sum when you browse through Thoughts on Dim Sum (directly translated, Dim Sum means "touch your heart"). Although Dim Sum may appear to be a daunting culinary experience, you can prepare yourself in advance by browsing through a typical menu which includes various delicacies brought to your table in carts. Go ahead and follow the site's advice and don't be afraid to try new things.
For those game to improve their culinary skills, there's a collection of Dim Sum recipes to choose from (some of the links, however, are no longer available). Click on Recipes for classics like Shu Mei or steamed dumplings stuffed with ground pork or turkey. You'll also find a variety of sauces to enhance the flavor of your Dim Sum, such as fish sauce, hoisin sauce, or chili dipping sauce.
If you'd rather eat out, the site offers a list of favorite dim sum eateries. From California to Germany, you'll get submitted recommendations for the best of Dim Sum across the globe. Wherever you live, you can ring in Chinese New Year by enjoying some mouth-watering Dim Sum. Kung Hei Fat Choy!
About the Writer
Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based
in Vancouver, Canada. She currently specializes in technical
and marketing materials, but is also pursuing opportunities
in food journalism.
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