|Various Dim Sum Dishes|
A Brief History
|Various Dim Sum Dishes With Tea|
Dim sum as a culinary art form is centuries old but has evolved over time. While it is traditionally a light breakfast staple, dim sum is often served at various times of the day, such as dinner time and late night, as it is at the restaurant my brother and I visited today. Some modern and western restaurants even serve traditional dim sum dishes as appetizers and buffet items as part of full meals.
On The MenuAn excellent summary of some of the most popular dim sum dishes is listed on Wikipedia. Here is an abbreviated version of that list along with some comments of my own for your convenience:
- Har gow is a delicious steamed shrimp dumpling. These are my favorite. I could live on these. Generally each dumpling contains one small to medium-sized shrimp. They’re excellent plain or with a small amount of soy sauce.
- Chi-chao is a steamed dumpling containing peanuts, garlic, chives, pork and shrimp.
- Jiaozi is a steamed dumpling that contains meat and cabbage. It is a northern Chinese dumpling not considered to be part of traditional Cantonese dim sum.
- Shaomai is a steamed dumpling containing shrimp, pork or both with mushrooms. These are a close second for me. I find them to be slightly saltier than har gow.
- Haam Sui Gaau are deep fried dumplings filled with pork and vegetables.
|Steamed Char Siu Baau|
- Char siu baau is a steamed or baked and glazed bun with a slightly sweet barbecue pork filling. These are delicious and another favorite of mine. I prefer the steamed variety, but both are great.
- Shanghai steamed buns are dumplings filled with meat or seafood. As these are Shanghainese, they’re also often not considered to be part of traditional Cantonese dim sum.
|Jin Deui (Sesame Balls)|
Steamed vegetables are often offered with dim sum.
Jin deui (sesame balls) are sweet fried balls of dough filled with red bean paste and then coated in sesame seeds. These are excellent to finish off on as a desert, though today we skipped this part. Better for the waste-line I suppose.
I’ll skip the other dishes mentioned on Wikipedia as I am not very familiar with them and some of them are not as popular in western nations.
Don’t Forget The Tea
|Dim Sum Tea|
Some Of The Best In DetroitThese from Yelp
- Midtown Shangri-La of Detroit, Michigan
- Shangri-La of West Bloomfield, Michigan *My personal favorite
- Golden Harvest of Warren, Michigan
- Chao Zhou of Madison Heights, Michigan
- Shun King of Windsor, Ontario
|Dim Sum Steamed Vegetables|
The Best of The RestThese other North American restaurants from Lonely Planet
- Bright Pearl of Toronto, Ontario
- Ton Kiang of San Francisco, California
- Goldon Palace Seafood of Honolulu and Waikiki, Hawaii
- San Tung of San Francisco, California
- Dol Ho of San Francisco, California
|Baked & Glazed Char Siu Baau|