dim sum

noun
\ˈdim-ˈsəm \
plural dim sums also dim sum

Definition of dim sum 

: traditional Chinese food consisting of a variety of items (such as steamed or fried dumplings, pieces of cooked chicken, and rice balls) served in small portions

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Lunch is devoted to cross-cultural dim sum, with wrappers, fillings and sauces all made on site. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "The Most Innovative Chefs in Lyon, France’s Gastronomic Capital," 24 July 2018 The Glossier pop-up was basically like dim sum for makeup. Beth Spotswood, San Francisco Chronicle, "Millennial-focused, makeup pop-up transforms SF deli," 17 Apr. 2018 The dim sum here is self-serve, meaning that every diner, sooner or later—and most more than once—makes her way to the corner where the towers of bamboo steamers stand. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 Moderate, though there’s a pleasant background hum and clatter of carts at peak dim sum hours. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Seafood is a real strength at this new dim-sum spot in Sacramento's central city | The Sacramento Bee," 25 May 2018 Some aspects of the dining scene up north surpass Los Angeles’, such as dim sum specialists and certain regional cuisines, both well-known (Hunan) and more specialized (Jiangxi). Clarissa Wei, San Francisco Chronicle, "How China and Taiwan now transmit food trends to California," 9 Feb. 2018 Once dim sum is available, it will also be sold through the fast-casual downstairs. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Straits Restaurant owners taking over historic Cathay House in Chinatown," 10 May 2018 How to speak a little Cantonese, master dim sum, and wear the right amount of flair. Kate Springer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Essential Things to Know Before You Visit Hong Kong," 27 Feb. 2018 Three floors above, Chef Lo Kin-ming and his dim sum team prepare siu mai. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of dim sum

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dim sum

Chinese (Guangdong) dímsām, from dím dot, speck + sām heart

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