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Chinese Dim Sum to Order

Above: various "Dim-sum" dishes available in Hong Kong dim sum restaurants.
"Dim sum" means "snacks" in Cantonese. People in Hong Kong like to go to dim sum restaurants especially for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. In some restaurants, dim sum are loaded in carts and pushed around for patrons to order, while in others, you check what you want on a dim sum sheet and place the order with the waiter. Left: Chiu Chow style dumplings ("Chiu Chau fun gwor")

Above: mini egg tarts

shrimp dumplings

Above: shrimp dumplings ("ha gau")

Above: roast pork bun ("cha siu bao")

Some typical "dim sum" to order include:

  • spring rolls ("chun guen") - crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, much better than what you find in Chinese restaurant buffets in the U.S.! A little dish of vinegar usually comes with it.
  • shrimp dumplings ("ha gau") - usually contain just strimps inside; usually come in fours
  • broth-filled dumplings ("goon tong gau") - come in ones or fours, the single ones usually have shark's fin in it
  • pork dumplings ("siu my") - usually come in fours
  • beef / shrimp / roast pork pasta ("cheung fun") - usually comes in three 6-inch long pieces
  • roast pork bun ("cha siu bao") - usually come in threes or twos
  • roast pork pie ("cha siu so") - usually come in threes
  • lotus leaf rice - rice cooked in a lotus leaf with some other ingredients
  • water-chestnut cake ("ma tai go") - usually come in threes, slightly sweet
  • egg tart ("daan tard") - usually come in threes, slightly sweet
  • bean curd gelatin ("tofu fa") - smooth, sweet.
  • deep-fried breadsticks wrapped in pasta ('ja leung') - the Cantonese name means 'deep-fried pair'; it's soft on the outside and crunchy on the inside.
  • beef balls ("ngau yurk") - if you like beef.

Above: the locals call it 'ja leung' - meaning deep-fried pair.
spring rolls
Above left: pork dumplings ("siu my") Above right: spring rolls

Above left: lotus seed paste buns ("lin yung bao"; sweet)Above right: roast pork pie ("cha siu so")

Above: roast pork pasta ("cha siu cheung fan")

Other Chinese Food to Order

Above: dry stir fried beef noodles ("gon chau ngau hor")

Some good dishes (non-dim sum dishes) to order in a typical Cantonese restaurant:

  • Chinese style beef sirloin ("chung sik ngau lao") - slightly sweet and sour
  • boneless lemon chicken ("sai ling gin yuen gai")
  • salt and garlic shrimp ("jiu yim ha") - usually deep fried
  • pork stir-fried noodles ("yurk si chau meen") - pork strips with bean sprouts with sauce over thin crispy noodles
  • dry stir-fried beef noodles ("gon chau ngau hor") - beef slices stir-fried with flat rice noodles
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