01 February, 2011

Countdown To Chinese New Year: Let's Get To Know Dim Sum

True, dim sum is not necessarily labeled as traditional food for the Lunar New Year, but it is a staple in many Chinese folk's diet, particularly the Cantonese from Hong Kong in Southern China. Personally, I could eat dim sum every day so I think it is only right that all you Eastern-food ignoramuses learn to appreciate these lovely, bite-size eatables as much as I do. This convenient photo guide by The San Francisco Chronicle, this site by the Hong King Tourism Board, this simple Dim Sum Menu Translator, and the ever-popular Wikipedia will help you to discern your Har Gau (蝦餃) from your Siu Mai (燒賣) in no time! In the photo guide there is even a step-by-step tutorial on how to use chopsticks if you are deficient in that area. Also give these Chowhound discussion feeds a chance here and here for some in-depth, dim sum talk. Don't forget the BBQ pork buns (cha shao bao 叉燒包)  - one of my favorites - and an egg tart (蛋撻 dan tat), or two,  for dessert!

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