Dim sum is undoubtedly the most popular dining option in Chinese culture. Literally translated, Dim sum connotes “touch the heart” as the Cantonese term almost always associated with it, yum cha, “to drink tea”. Practically speaking, yum cha means going to dim sum. Both terms are often used interchangeably, though.
Dim sum is a delightful meal of small dishes served in bamboo containers or mini plates accompanied by the tea of your choice. Usually enjoyed with members of the family and friends, this traditional Cantonese fare is normally a brunch, lunch or afternoon snack affair.
Dim sum never ceased to be an integral eating ritual for most Chinese. It is a great source of pride as well as an expression of their unique and beautiful culture. Families have continued the well-preserved tradition of having yum cha on special occasions and holidays. Small plates are set and served on the table and shared among the diners family style. Because of its small servings, the variety of flavors and dishes can be savored by everyone without having to feel overly full.
The standard menu consists of variously prepared and cooked buns, dumplings and noodle rolls, all having ingredients and fillings carefully selected and prepared. One can choose from a variety of meat to seafood and chicken to vegetables.
The origins of the dim sum go as far back as the latter half of the 1800s in the Guangdong region of Southern China. It is in the tea rooms of the port city of Guangzhou where dim sum practices began.
Hundreds of years ago, fatigued rural farmers and travelers along the historic Silk Road would drop by local teahouses (cha lau) for some respite and cheer over their cups of tea. Seeing that these poor laborers are often hungry, teahouses began serving choices of food in small portions to wash down with tea. These same travelers brought the custom with them as they went and reached faraway places. Thus, it continued to spread and eventually caught on throughout the region, most especially in Hong Kong.
In Causeway Bay, Hong Kong one can have a feel of its of colonial-era tradition and Buddhist culture. Built in the 1700s as a tribute to Tin Hau, the Goddess of the Sea, Tin Hau Temple is where you can see local fishermen and seafarers praying for good fortune and safety at sea. You can come and relax at Victoria Park where locals and tourists alike can sit back and revel in the sights and sounds of this very popular travel attraction. Causeway Bay’s vibrant and lively commercial district is one of Hong Kong’s main allures. One side is filled with high-end malls, department stores, and boutiques while bargain hunters just can’t get enough of Jardine’s Crescent street markets. All the walking and haggling will definitely make you hungry and punch best dim sum causeway bay on your smartphone.
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