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13      Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart

For something that was originated in China, Dim Sum has gone a long way. Many major cities in the United States and around the world have at least one ethnic area called Chinatown. A place where people from China settled down.

In New York, San Fransisco, Seattle, Boston, and Los Angeles — to name a few in the US. Not to mention, Vancouver, India, Australia, Singapore, London, Hong Kong and last but not least, China. Chinatown is not only a place for Chinese people to live and work. It is also meant for others, such as visitors, to learn about Chinese cultures and traditions.

According to Asian Cuisine, Dim Sum means “Little Heart”. In countries like Australia, it is called Yum Cha which means drinking tea. Dim Sum and Yum Cha are related because when you have Dim Sum, which suggests small treats, you literally have to have tea to balance the sweetness or bitterness or even greasiness of the dishes that Dim Sum offers.

With a population of more than 8 million people, New York has three areas that can easily be classified as Chinatowns. In Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. It is not a surprise that one out of ten people here has tried Dim Sum before (excluding perhaps the Moslems whose religion disallows them to eat anything that is associated with pork for there are quite a number of Dim Sum dishes that contain pork). As time goes by, there is Vegetarian Dim Sum for the Vegans who can be a great option for the Moslems.

Everybody I know loves Dim Sum.
It is affordable. The dishes for Dim Sum come in sizes. Small, medium, large and extra large. It is as little as US$1.25 and the largest is as much as US$8.00. Anybody can base the price of a dish by its size.

It is various. Most of the dishes come in 3 or 4 on a plate. Therefore everyone gets to try everything. Be it shrimp, beef, chicken, pork or even Vegetables. Over 2,000 dishes have been developed for Dim Sum throughout the centuries. However, there are dishes of Dim Sum that are made of chicken feet, pig’s blood, and other internal organs that you should be aware of. They can always be avoidable but believe it or not, a few people like them and regard them as their favorite dishes. But not to worry, there are desserts on a typical Dim Sum list, such as mango pudding, rice pudding as well as sesame balls.

It is friendly. One of the reasons why people go for a Dim Sum is for gathering purpose. Families and friends come together to enjoy Dim Sum and tea, as well as to keep update with the latest issues. Although, it is not limited to a possibility for business people to meet up for a business meeting in a Dim Sum place. Because the environment that offers you with small treats and teas that practically soothes anyone’s mind.

Overall, Dim Sum is recommended for people who enjoy varities of food in one place and at the same time enjoy the companies of others. It is well suggested for those who have never had Chinese food before, for they would find the ultimate range of Chinese food that anyone can offer. Would you take the challenge?