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

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Instagrammable dim sum is spreading quickly around the world. Lucas Shaw, The Seattle Times, "From pig-shaped bao to ‘Pac Man’ dumplings, chefs now make dim sum for the Instagram generation," 25 Mar. 2019 Whether the holiday warrants formal social gatherings or a friends-only dim sum feast, there’s truly no better time to swipe on a crimson lipstick. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 9 Best Red Lipsticks of All Time for Christmas and Beyond," 25 Dec. 2018 But for an old-school dim sum feast, Maxim’s delivers in spades. Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Dim Sum Spots in Hong Kong," 5 Mar. 2018 A few weeks ago a friend texted me about dim sum, using only Chinese characters. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "Crazy Rich Asians," 14 Aug. 2018 McCormick & Schmick's has a special Easter brunch that includes a mix of breakfast options like frittatas and lunch options like roasted ham and dim sum. Taysha Murtaugh And Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "15 Restaurants Open for Easter Brunch Near Me," 11 Feb. 2019 The menu has pictures and descriptions of the dim sum options, many of which are otherwise indecipherable to firsttimers. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Great American Bites for Mother's Day brunch," 9 May 2018 Lin Heung is considered the granddaddy of Hong Kong's dim sum parlors; trolleys have dispensed buns, dumplings, and duck feet there since the late 1920s. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Hong Kong Foodie," 1 Nov. 2012 For a fun conclusion, order their assorted candy tray offered dim sum-style and take a cookie to go! Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Gerry Frank's picks: Coquine and Kachka in Portland," 21 Apr. 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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