Dim Sum Guide

by David Ng

in Food,Guide

Dim Sum
Dim Sum is a Cantonese style of dining that usually takes place during the early mornings til late lunchtime. In a background of the usual hustling and bustling, barrels or plates of mini-meals ,each with its distinctive flavor make their way in specially designed heated Dim Sum karts across a field of customers (often times more hungry than wild-beasts in the present of oh so delicious foods.) Eating Dim Sum can be pretty hectic and often times just plain confusing given the list of seemingly endless options. In this post, I will try to make your dim sum experience an easier one to swallow by guiding you (with beautiful pictures of course) through many of the common dishes.


Har Gao Har Gao (Shrimp Dumpling)
Jumbo shrimp inside a thin transparent skin
Chiu Chao Style Dumplings
Dumplings that supposedly originated from Chiu Chao and usually contain peanuts and chives
Chiu Chao Style Dumplings
Shu Mai Shu Mai
Pork and mushroom dumpling


Char Shiu Bao
BBQ pork buns
Char Shiu Bao
Cream Bun Cream Bun
Bun with cream inside…duh…
Pineapple Bun
Bun that resembles a pineapple, contents may include chicken, BBQ pork, or cream
Pineapple Bun
Pan Fried Buns Pan Fried Buns
Pan fried pork buns

Fried Delights

Fried Whitebait
Fried Fish(es)
Ham Sui Gok
Spring Rolls Spring Rolls
Fried rolls with veggies and meat
Ham Sui Gok
Deep fried pork and assorted veggies in a shell
Ham Sui Gok


Sticky Rice Sticky Rice
Sticky goodness
Sticky Rice Lotus Wrap
Sticky Rice wrapped delicately in a lotus leaf
Sticky Rice Lotus Wrap
Sticky Rice Bean Curd Wrap Sticky Rice Bean Curd Wrap
Sticky rice inside bean curd


Taro Cake
Cake made of taro
Taro Cake
Turnip Cake Turnip Cake
Cake made of turnip

Rice Noodle

Spare rib and rice noodle
Spare rib and plain rice noodle
Taro Cake
OX sauce rice noodle OX sauce rice noodle
Rice noodle cooked in spicy OX sauce
BBQ Pork Rice Noodle
Rice Noodle with BBQ pork
BBQ Pork Rice Noodle


seafood roll Seafood Roll
Western inspired seafood salad roll
Bean Curd Roll
Veggies inside bean curd
Bean Curd Roll

Other Main Minidishes

Congee Duck Egg and Lean Meat Congee
Comes in different varieties but duck egg
and lean meat is the most popular
Eggplant with Shrimp
Eggplant with shrimp
Eggplant with Shrimp
Phoenix Talon Phoenix Talon
Call it phoenix talon to make it sound fancy…or chicken feet so people actually know what you are talking about


Egg Tart
Baked egg in a crispy shell
Egg Tart
Mochi Mochi
Sweet and gummy

Phew! That’s a lot of choices to be bombarded with…Which ones do you want to eat?

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