Saturday, 7 April 2007

Singapore - Dim Sum 點心

Dim Sum
Originally uploaded by seraphim1970.

Dim sum 點心 is a Chinese light meal or brunch, served usually with Chinese tea. It is eaten some time from morning to early afternoon with family or friends. Dim sum consists of a wide spectrum of choices. It includes combinations of meat, seafood, vegetables, as well as desserts and fruit. The various items are usually served in a small steamer basket or on a small plate. It is interesting to note that in the contemporary Cantonese language, a dim sum meal is usually not referred to as dim sum chan, but as yum cha (literally "tea drinking"), consisting of traditional Cantonese-style dim sum snacks. What is referred to as dim sum chan is rather a cross between Western style high tea and fast food, consisting of Hong Kong adaptation of Western pastries/appetizers, also referred to as dim sum, or more specifically, "say1 dim2"(Western snacks/pastries/appetizers).