Dim Sum has become one of our favorite snacks. Enjoying bite size dumplings, steaming hot, with a cup of tea is both nourishing and soothing. It provides a great break and time to connect during a busy day. I have loved watching the girls thoughtfully refill empty tea cups, or the deals they make to ensure they get to eat their favorites while distributing fairly. For a quick snack, we have purchased frozen dim sum, (pictured above) but you can also make your own, recipes below.
Dim Sum tea houses were originally rest stops for ancient silk traders
|Assorted dumplings (Source)|
There are over 2000 different kinds of dim sum, with a variety of shapes and fillings. It takes years to master making dim sum, which takes practice, patience and technique - if you've ever tried even just a simple pleat fold for dumplings, you won't be surprised by this :)
|Dim Sum trolley (Source)|
Pot Stickers are dumplings fried in sizzling oil until the bottom sticks to pan, at which point hot chicken broth is poured over them, making them crunchy on the bottom and soft on top. Legend says these are the result of an accident when a chef accidentally let the emperor's dumplings burn. instead of admitting his mistake, the chef poured broth over them, and served the pot stickers with shredded ginger, green onion and soy sauce.
Recipe for potstickers from Host the Toast
Recipe for siu mai from Thirsty for Tea