Dim sum culture has been around for centuries. The act of ‘yum cha’ or drinking tea has always been complemented by tucking into these bite-sized dishes. The word ‘dim sum’ (Cantonese origins) refers to small dishes that are served in bamboo steamer baskets or on small plates. When directly translated, dim sum simply means to “touch the heart” – basically food that satisfies the palate and warms the soul.
A type of comfort food by nature, these small portions of dishes can be both savoury and sweet, and prepared steamed, baked or fried. And because they come in small servings, diners would usually order a great variety – sampling a banquet of delicious ingredients and flavours packed in pretty pocket-sized parcels.
Originating from Hong Kong and the Guangdong province, dim sum culture has over the decades ventured into all nooks and corners of the world. Today, dim sum is enjoyed all-day, for every occasion – especially for family gatherings.
From succulent pork and shrimp dumplings to meat-filled yam puff, fluffy steamed buns and cracking egg tarts (and the list goes on), dim sum dining is a one-menu-fits-all gastronomic feast. And if you’ve not started salivating yet, scroll down to our list of favourite places for the most scrumptious weekend dim sum buffets in town.