DIM SUM 點⼼
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Our Dim Sum Glossary offers a comprehensive introduction to the world of Chinese dumplings. As a popular specialty of Cantonese cuisine, dim sum can now be found in many other countries. In our glossary, you will find a variety of terms and explanations about the different types of dim sum, their ingredients, and preparation methods. Dive into the fascinating world of Chinese cuisine and learn everything you want to know about dim sum!
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Har Gao / Crystal dumplings
Har Gao 蝦餃 shrimp dumplings Har Gao shrimp dumplings (har gow) are one of the most popular dishes when it comes to dim sum. Pieces of shrimp are wrapped in a thin, almost translucent dumpling wrapper and served in bamboo baskets.
Har Gao is one of the most challenging dim sums to make. The dough is prepared with hot water so that the dough is already cooked. The dough is then cut into small pieces and "beaten" with a flat knife. The beaten dough should also be processed as quickly as possible because if it cools down, it will stick less and making a proper Har Gao becomes significantly more difficult.
Next, the folding process is also particularly difficult. A beautiful Har Gao has 8-10 folds. Beautiful folds mean that the dough must be "pressed" from the center. However, if you press from the center, the filling comes out again. Therefore, a very skillful hand is required.
Har Gao is one of the Dim Sums that cannot be made by machine.
Dim Sum Har Gao / Kristall Jiaozi
Siu Mai (also spelled Siew Mei) are thin, round, cup-shaped dumplings that have a delicious filling, usually made from pork, shrimp, or a combination of both, and often small amounts of vegetables such as bamboo shoots, black mushrooms, or water chestnuts.
Siu Mai dough and Wonton dough are identical. Siu Mai is usually open at the top while Wontons are a closed dumpling.
The ingredients of wan tan dough are: Wheat, water, egg, tapioca and salt.
What is Siu Mai 燒賣?
Dim Sum Siu Mai
Char Siu Bao
Char Siu Bao 叉燒包 is a steamed Chinese bun traditionally filled with roasted pork (Char Siu). The filling can also include vegetables, eggs, or other ingredients, and there are many regional variations in China and beyond. Char Siu Bao is a popular Chinese dish and is often served as a snack or as part of a meal.
Dim Sum Char Siu Bao
Xiao Long Bao
Xiao Long Bao 小籠包 often referred to as "soup dumplingsoften referred to as "soup dumplings," are filled with hot broth and pork and are also served in a bamboo basket in which they were cooked. Although these soup dumplings originally come from Shanghai, their nationwide popularity has secured them a status as a dim sum dish.
Classic Xiao Long Bao is made with pork jelly. The pork jelly, which is made by boiling down the rind and foot, is one of the main ingredients for the Xiao Long Bao. Because the jelly is solid when cold, it can be wrapped in dough. When heated, it melts again and the soup is in the dumpling.
Dim Sum Xiao Long Bao
Chicken feet 凤爪 'Fung Zao' whole chicken feet without claws, fried in deep fat and stewed in a rich, slightly sweet sauce of fermented black beans until tender.
What looks simple, requires extra effort during preparation. The preparation of the feet requires many steps: skinning, de-nailing, pre-frying and braising in many hours. Braising requires a lot of feeling: too short braising the meat is hard; too long braising destroys the chicken feet and the chicken feet are really delicate.
dim sum chicken feet
Rice noodle rolls
Rice noodle rolls (also Cheong Fun 腸粉) are long, thin, usually handmade, cooked rice noodles rolled around a tender shrimp, meat filling, or crunchy meatless filling. The rolls taste like steamed dough.
Rice noodle rolls can be prepared only conditionally. It tastes best when freshly prepared. Decisive for a delicious and tender rice noodle rolls is the dough. This consists largely of rice flour 粘米粉.
Dim Sum Rice noodle rolls
Jiaozis 餃子 are small, bite-sized Chinese dumplings filled with delicious fillings and available in various shapes and flavors. At China Restaurant Yung, we offer a wide range of jiaozis, including the classic pork and Chinese cabbage variety, as well as other tasty options like chicken with Szechuan pepper, beef and spinach, and vegetarian options with spinach and goji berries. Jiaozis are a traditional Chinese dish often enjoyed at family gatherings and festivals.