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 Jahunger In Cranston, King’s Garden’s has a lot of the usual Szechuan cuisine favorites and Chinese-American dishes alongside an expansive dim sum menu that has nearly a dozen different kinds of dumplings. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 13 June 2022 Each event will have a seven-course, family-style dim sum menu. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Feb. 2022 Yu and her husband had established their Cantonese/Hong Kong-style restaurant as one of the finest in the area for its exemplary dim sum menu. Washington Post, 9 May 2021 Another one of Portland’s signature dim sum restaurants appears to have closed. oregonlive, 14 June 2022 San Jose mall gets new outpost of Dumpling Time San Francisco dim sum hit Dumpling Time’s first South Bay location is now open at Santana Row in San Jose. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Feb. 2022 Its China Pearl, on Tyler Street, is a dim sum institution. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 6 May 2022 House specialties include noodles, fried rice, pho, dim sum, banh mi sandwiches and stir-fry dishes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Apr. 2022 In addition to specialty Sichuan cuisine, many of its locations offer award-winning Peking Duck and handmade dim sum. Marc Bona, cleveland, 10 May 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

22 Jul 2022

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“Dim sum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dim%20sum. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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