dim sum

\ ˈdim-ˈsəm How to pronounce dim sum (audio) \
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

Examples of dim sum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Katy Asian Town's popular Phat Eatery restaurant is celebrating its two year anniversary with $2 deals, new ice cream offerings and the launch of a dim sum menu. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Katy Asian Town's Phat Eatery celebrating 2 years with $2 deals, new dim sum menu," 18 June 2020 At Christmastime, Scott explained that his family went out for dim sum at House of Chang. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "Fisher-Paulson: As Mother’s Day approaches, a new puppy brings a reason to celebrate," 5 May 2020 Our first stop was a dim sum restaurant in North London called the Golden Dragon. Lavender Au, The New York Review of Books, "Evacuation from China, Quarantine in the UK: A Covid-19 Dispatch," 2 Mar. 2020 But go in the morning to find Portland’s best dim sum. oregonlive, "Portland’s 40 best inexpensive restaurants," 11 Mar. 2020 Seafood Harbour leans to oceanic luxuries; Chef Tony takes a more casual, lighthearted and often Westernized approach to the cuisine, particularly dim sum. Los Angeles Times, "Cantonese cuisine’s evolutionary leap in Los Angeles," 7 Mar. 2020 Despite this, the owner of popular NYC dim sum restaurant Jing Fong said fear of the disease has caused a 50% drop in business and led to a loss of $1.5 million. CBS News, "Coronavirus panic sparks rise in racist incidents against Asian Americans," 6 Mar. 2020 Yeeling says dim sum may soon be served only for a new Sunday brunch but perhaps they should be ditched entirely. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: Asian trio on Las Olas — Etaru, Red Door and Sushi Shack," 29 Aug. 2019 In response, she's joined with other community leaders to encourage people to eat and shop in her district, taking part in events like dim sum crawls with the hashtag #dineinchinatown. Leah Carroll, refinery29.com, "Why Does Every Coronavirus Story Show An Image Of Chinatown? Racism.," 4 Mar. 2020

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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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27 Jun 2020

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“Dim sum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dim%20sum. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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