dim sum[dim′ sum′, -so̵om′]
A variety of dim sum in bamboo containers.
- a small casing of dough filled variously with minced meat, vegetables, etc. and steamed or fried
- a variety of such casings and other foods served as a light meal
Origin of dim sumChinese
A traditional Chinese cuisine in which small portions of a variety of foods, including an assortment of steamed or fried dumplings, are served in succession.
Origin of dim sumCantonese dim2 sam1, light refreshments (equivalent to Mandarin di&acaron;nxīn), from Middle Chinese tiam´ sim : tiam´, dot, point, spot + sim, heart, mind (from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *sam, *sem; akin to Tibetan sem(s), to think).
- A Cantonese-style meal traditionally eaten in late morning or early afternoon comprising tea and food typically placed in small steamer baskets or on small plates and often served from carts that move around from table to table in a restaurant.
- The food served at a dim sum meal, typically including dumplings, seafood and desserts.
- yum cha (Hanzi: 飲茶/饮茶, Pinyin: yǐnchá)
- dim sim