A Dim Sum brunch is a must while in Hong Kong. Not only is the territory considered the "home" of Dim Sum, this is without a doubt one of the best places to sample the flavours, fresh ingredients and that unmistakeable bustling atmosphere...
Dim Sum (well, actually food in general) is serious business here in Hong Kong and the range of offerings is staggering, from little hole in the wall kind of places to five-star hotel restaurants, even Michelin rated establishments.
What they all have in common, they will all be lively and crowded with people, hectic servers scurrying around with trolleys and trays overflowing with piping hot bamboo baskets filled with delicious bites...
So finding a place will not be a problem, but choosing what to eat might be! There are so many different kinds and you will want to try one of everything! Luckily, the dishes are small, with most of them containing 3 to 4 small bites. It does help to assemble a small group of people, that way you can order many different kinds.
Here are some guidelines to tackle your dim sum brunch:
Dim Sum is served traditionally for breakfast or brunch, restaurants in Hong Kong start serving them as early as 6:30 a.m. Nowadays many restaurants offer them at all times, at dinner they can be often ordered as appetizers.
Dim Sum is either served
Checklists are often in both English and Chinese except for the smaller establishments that cater mostly to locals.
If you don't know what to order, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the different kinds (see below), or at any rate, just point at what your neighbor in the next table is having that looks good.
Dim Sum is served with tea. Tea is what had the Dim Sum tradition started in Canton. Originally, tea houses operating in the roadsides started serving small bites with their tea to the weary travelers. The small dishes eventually became very popular and the dim sum tradition was born.
While the small dishes are known as Dim Sum, the Dim Sum meal is referred as Yum Cha, which literally means to "drink tea".
Tea is still very much a part of the meal. This will be the first thing your server will bring as soon as you sit down at your table and will be continiously replenished throughout your meal.
When you are running low, just leave the lid of the teapot ajar, or off to indicate your server to bring some more.
There are dumplings, rolls, cakes, wraps, and small dishes with meats, vegetables, rice, noodles... some are steamed, some braised, some pan-fried, some boiled, some deep-fried to a crisp ... there will definitely be something for everyone.
All are savory on their own, but it's also customary to dip them in your favorite sauce or combination of sauces: soy sauce, sesame oil, chilli sauce or paste or oil, vinegar, add a dash of pepper or some fresh spring onions or cilantro...
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