dim sum

noun
\ 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 Iconic Asian sweets, like bubble tea, dim sum hall mango pudding and dan tat, arrive through the lens of a kaleidoscope. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 June 2021 How a tumultuous year changed metro Phoenix dim sum restaurants. AZCentral.com, 4 June 2021 Ton Kiang, a celebrated dim sum parlor and Hakka-style banquet hall on Geary Street that has been in different San Francisco locations since the late ’70s, will close permanently on Aug. 30. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, 17 Aug. 2020 In Chinatown, Hei La Moon is a dim sum classic that was hit hard during the pandemic. BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2021 At Pacific Palace, a dim sum parlor down the street from Mr. Zhu’s salon, customers are slowly trickling back, but not enough for the restaurant to make much of a profit. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2021 Din Tai Fung has been experimenting with various egg substitutes and recipes, and on May 11 the Taiwanese dim sum chain will unveil a handful of items that are vegan versions of some of the restaurants’ most popular dishes. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2021 At the time there was only one other banquet hall in Phoenix offering dim sum, China Doll, a restaurant the Luk family frequented. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 21 Apr. 2021 While not a cocktail replacement, ju hua chrysanthemum tea—the variety typically served with dim sum—is great for your liver. Lisa Wong Macabasco, Bon Appétit, 22 Apr. 2021

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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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16 Jun 2021

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“Dim sum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dim%20sum. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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