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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Today, Chef Han has three restaurants under his belt including Chili House, which serves traditional peking duck and Beijing dim sum, and the new Z&Y Bistro which specializes in yakitori and hot pot. Amber Turpin, The Mercury News, "Make your own Sichuan chili oil with tips from an SF Chinatown chef," 22 June 2019 Favorites include Angry Mac 'n' Cheese, Wicked Fried Chicken, dim sum, carving station with prime rib and an Italian station with pizza, pasta and cheesy bread. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Best Las Vegas buffets: 22 all-you-can-eat restaurants on the Strip," 7 June 2019 The park has more than 10 food and drink spots, offering Montreal-style bagels, dim sum, Mexican street corn, pizza and beer, and more. Grace Dickinson, https://www.inquirer.com, "The Piazza Pod Park opens in Northern Liberties on Saturday. Here’s what to expect," 4 June 2019 Have traditional dim sum at Tony Cheng’s just past the Chinatown arch on H Street—a respite from the urban bustle. National Geographic, "Spend a perfect day in Washington, D.C. with tips from a local dancer," 3 Apr. 2019 Gohar's photogenic spread (this one edible) riffed on the designer's dual nationalities, with mooncakes and dim sum and—the showstopper—a koi fish molded out of champagne gelée. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Simone Rocha and Laila Gohar Create a Fantasy Banquet Inside Dover Street Market," 8 Feb. 2019 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

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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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