Dim sum

Dim sum, a beloved traditional Chinese meal, consists of an assortment of small plates of dumplings and snack dishes, typically enjoyed alongside tea. Similar to the Spanish custom of eating tapas, dim sum is meant to be shared among family and friends, fostering a communal dining experience. Traditionally, dim sum is consumed during brunch hours, spanning from late morning to lunchtime.

The history of dim sum traces back to the southern region of China, particularly Guangdong province, before spreading to other parts of China and eventually gaining popularity worldwide. According to food magazine Lucky Peach, dim sum culture emerged in tearooms during the latter half of the 19th century in Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong. This culinary tradition arose after opium dens were prohibited across the country. Travelers and traders along the Silk Road would pause at tea houses for a dim sum meal, contributing to the spread of the practice throughout the region, notably in Hong Kong.

Over time, dim sum has evolved to incorporate dishes and customs from various regions of China. However, the essence of dim sum remains consistent, characterized by its diverse selection of bite-sized delicacies and its emphasis on communal dining.

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