dim sum

\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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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 The new venture will soon be joined by Palette, a new dim sum spot from the Koi Palace folks. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF Brewing Co. debuts colossal Ghirardelli Square restaurant and brewery," 9 May 2018 The restaurant will have dim sum dishes on the menu, including steamed buns with a variety of fillings such as pork belly, Korean spicy beef and spicy chicken, and Cantonese siu mai, the pork and shrimp dumplings. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former RuYi chef to open Momo Mee in Harbor District," 25 June 2018 Barona’s Seasons buffet also offers dim sum and Asian food stations, and the 24-hour Sage Café has an extensive Asian menu. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Craving Asian food? At local casinos, you're in luck," 29 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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