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(Buzzfeed)   Want to eat just a little something this year? Here's your essential guide to Dim Sum   (buzzfeed.com) divider line 123
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2013-01-01 03:34:34 PM  
The local dim sum near me has both duck and chicken feet. I prefer the duck feet though. Which is weird because the duck feet is seasoned with anise and I usually don't like anise.

Also it occasionally has duck tongue. Did you know duck's have a bone in their tongue? Because I didn't. That was a bit of a painful lesson. It was still tasty though
 
2013-01-01 03:45:05 PM  
Duck tongue!  I tried it, but could not eat it.
 
2013-01-01 03:45:28 PM  

trappedspirit: Who in the fluck needed a guide to dim sum? Oh, unless someone wants to try dim sum and be absolutely certain not to try anything new.


Or people who, you know, might have religious taboos, allergies, prior bad experiences that lead to extreme caution with food...

/Interesting factoid: Not everyone can, or wants to, eat the way you do.
 
2013-01-01 04:00:19 PM  
Cantonese food is overrated. It's all basically ingredient + steamer + ginger + spring onion.
Give me some Dao Xiao Mian (literally, knife sliced noodles) or proper dumplings anytime. Or, alternatively, salty soy milk (Xian Dou Jiang).

That said, alleyway He Fen can be ridiculously good. A plate cost something like 4 RMB from what I remember... though that was 6 or 7 years ago before food inflation really took off.
 
2013-01-01 04:02:33 PM  

Seth'n'Spectrum: That said, alleyway He Fen can be ridiculously good.


Correction: Meant to say Chang Fen.
 
2013-01-01 04:22:41 PM  

casual disregard: How the heck do we get "dim sum" out of "dian xin"? Did some ancient Englishman decide to fark up every Chinese translation on purpose?


Regional dialects and the history of contact with the west. Dian Xin is the Mandarin pronunciation of 點心, DIm Sum is the Cantonese pronunciation of the same. We get a lot of English transliteration of Chinese words from the Cantonese because the people of Canton were the earliest contacts western traders/raiders had with the Empire. The earliest immigrants to the US were also mostly Cantonese, so they brought their pronunciation with them to the early Chinese restaurants.

In Mandarin, you order cha (茶) if you want some tea, but in Cantonese and frkkien, you would order te; and for the historical reason above, we now call the leafy drink tea.

GungFu: FTFY. Cantonese is an older language than Mandarin. Dim Sum is Cantonese.


There is only one language, Chinese. Mandarin and Cantonese (and frkkein and Hakka and Shanghai etc etc) are dialects. Very different dialects since the country is old and each region has had time to develop very distinct sounds, but Chinese writing had been standardized pretty well for 2,200 years.
 
2013-01-01 04:33:53 PM  

Blackbird: China was so vast that each region was isolated enough to have their dialects diverge and change to become intelligible to each other.
So they set up an uniform writing system that all bureaucrats can use and communicate with.
However, over time the writing system to became so archaic only scholars knew how to read it.
in 1920 they redid the writing system to match the vernacular again - what you spoke became what you write again - this was for Mandarin.


I'm not sure about that. I can read written Chinese from long before 1920 and I am not a scholar. Do you refer to the difference between 白話文 (vernacular) versus 文言文 (classical)? The words are all the same - it's the same language. It's just a different way of writing sentences. Chinese kids are still taught poetry from before 1920 - the Tang poets and Song poets always are popular - in school, so it's not like pre1920 writing is dead.
 
2013-01-01 04:39:27 PM  
dim sum as crap food

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2013-01-01 05:02:24 PM  
Yep, just as I suspected. Half of these solemnly honored dishes are named differently simply because of what district they supposedly came from, or how they're farking CRIMPED SHUT. The wrappings and fillings are largely identical, or you might order a certain thing with no knowledge of what filling the cook likes to put in it. Could be runny egg, chewy pork testicle, or crunchy shrimp in the shell with legs. Probably impolite to ask, too. The only consistency is that every dish gives you the very uncomfortable feeling that you're being served a middle-aged man's shredded and dampened cum rag wrapped in cigarette papers.
 
2013-01-01 05:14:38 PM  

Soymilk: There is only one language, Chinese. Mandarin and Cantonese (and frkkein and Hakka and Shanghai etc etc) are dialects.


Meh, the distinction between language and dialect is socio-political (boundary drawing as part of identity formation and all that). Cantonese and Mandarin are definitely further apart than, say, Italian and Spanish, or Croatian and Serbian.
 
2013-01-01 05:38:10 PM  
I love love love dim sum and now I'm in WNC where there is a complete lack of any sort of authentic Chinese food, much less dim sum. There's really no good Americanized Chinese food here either. I would kill for some char siu bao or a delighful assortment of dumplings.

/no chicken feet, yuck
//China Yuan in Tampa is awesome. Went there once a week when I lived there.
 
2013-01-01 06:31:34 PM  

1nsanilicious: KrispyKritter: Dim Sum is Fark for eyegasm. someone should write down recipes, put them in a book or something. when i was a little girl recipes didn't include such nonsense as "use two 10 1/2oz cans of pumpkin pie filling". you picked a pumpkin out back and cooked it down first.

/ we had AM radio
// and we LIKED it

My wife is from southern China and laughed at me as I tried to pronounce the words.

Steamed Pork Buns
Makes 10

Dough
1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 teaspoon superfine (bar) sugar water, to prepare dough
2 1/2 fluid ounces lukewarm milk
about 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus extra for sautéing

Filling
1 spring onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2/3 cup diced red roast pork (see below)
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
A few drops of sea same seed oil
3 tablespoons chicken stock or water
1 teaspoon cornstarch

Red Roast Pork
2 tblspn honey
2 tblspn light soy sauce
3 tblspn hoisin sauce
1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1 1/2 tblspn rice wine
2 tblspn vegetable oil plus extra for brushing
2 lbs 10 oz pork filet cut into 1 1/2 inch thick

Marinate the pork strips over night or for 3 hours

Preheat oven to 465

Place a tin foil lined tray under an oven rack and then brush the oven rack with veg oil. Place the pork on the rack and roast for 25 min.


// I don't really like Chinese food


I love you.
 
2013-01-01 06:33:41 PM  

1nsanilicious: 1nsanilicious: KrispyKritter: Dim Sum is Fark for eyegasm. someone should write down recipes, put them in a book or something. when i was a little girl recipes didn't include such nonsense as "use two 10 1/2oz cans of pumpkin pie filling". you picked a pumpkin out back and cooked it down first.

/ we had AM radio
// and we LIKED it

My wife is from southern China and laughed at me as I tried to pronounce the words.

Steamed Pork Buns
Makes 10

Dough
1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 teaspoon superfine (bar) sugar water, to prepare dough
2 1/2 fluid ounces lukewarm milk
about 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus extra for sautéing

Filling
1 spring onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2/3 cup diced red roast pork (see below)
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
A few drops of sea same seed oil
3 tablespoons chicken stock or water
1 teaspoon cornstarch

Red Roast Pork
2 tblspn honey
2 tblspn light soy sauce
3 tblspn hoisin sauce
1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1 1/2 tblspn rice wine
2 tblspn vegetable oil plus extra for brushing
2 lbs 10 oz pork filet cut into 1 1/2 inch thick

Marinate the pork strips over night or for 3 hours

Preheat oven to 465

Place a tin foil lined tray under an oven rack and then brush the oven rack with veg oil. Place the pork on the rack and roast for 25 min.


// I don't really like Chinese food

I for got to add

Sauté the spring onion in veg oil for 1 min
Add pork and remaining ingredients except for the chicken stock and corn starch and stir-fry until well mixed. Now add the stock and corn starch

Cut 2 1/4 in rounds of parchment (baking) paper and set aside

Roll the dough into a sausage shape and cut into 10 equal pieces.

Press the dough pieces into 5 in diameter each

Place spoonful of filling in center and close the dough around it pinching the edges to seal

Place each bun on a piece of the paper

Place the buns Ina steamer f ...


Now I love you even more.
 
2013-01-01 06:36:02 PM  

lyndsayj: Romanes Eunt Domus: funmonger: If you don't eat Dim Sum in Toronto, we deport you.

A lot of the good restaurants are found in either Scarborough, Markham, or Richmond Hill as far as the GTA is concerned.

I'm from a large Cantonese-speaking family so I am getting a bit of a kick out of this thread. I kind of miss some of the dishes from my childhood.

Quail egg siu mai - they just don't serve it in any of the restaurants in the GTA these days due to fears over cholesterol (it was still available in Hong Kong the last time I visited) but I loved it as a kid back in the 80's
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Could they make them look any more like testicles?


If your testicles look like that you may want to consult a Doctor.
 
2013-01-01 06:43:12 PM  
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I only know one place in Vancouver that has duck tongue on their dim sum carts. It's damn damn DAMN good.

My old landlord, originally from Hong Kong and I was the only non-Hong Kong tenant - once tried to play "gross out the gwai lo" at a Chinese new year dim sum lunch by putting dishes of feet, tripe, cuttlefish and other innards in front of me. He picked the wrong round-eye. I won.
 
2013-01-01 06:47:32 PM  
I always thought a dim sum was what you got when your calculator battery was about to go dead.
 
2013-01-01 07:55:51 PM  
Make one more pass with the Dim Sum

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2013-01-01 11:10:01 PM  

Soymilk: Blackbird: China was so vast that each region was isolated enough to have their dialects diverge and change to become intelligible to each other.
So they set up an uniform writing system that all bureaucrats can use and communicate with.
However, over time the writing system to became so archaic only scholars knew how to read it.
in 1920 they redid the writing system to match the vernacular again - what you spoke became what you write again - this was for Mandarin.

I'm not sure about that. I can read written Chinese from long before 1920 and I am not a scholar. Do you refer to the difference between 白話文 (vernacular) versus 文言文 (classical)? The words are all the same - it's the same language. It's just a different way of writing sentences. Chinese kids are still taught poetry from before 1920 - the Tang poets and Song poets always are popular - in school, so it's not like pre1920 writing is dead.


Yeah, what you said.
 
2013-01-01 11:21:31 PM  

starlost: KrispyKritter
Dim Sum is Fark for eyegasm. someone should write down recipes, put them in a book or something. when i was a little girl recipes didn't include such nonsense as "use two 10 1/2oz cans of pumpkin pie filling". you picked a pumpkin out back and cooked it down first

or you are using a 50 year old recipe and it says 2 cans of .... how big was a can of .... in the early 1960's? what was the content of sodium and corn syrup used back then. there is a crappy family recipe for chilli with beans i've tried to make for a pita 80 year old relative. i try to tell the biatche tomato soup and tomato sauce today is crap so deal with it.


I never thought I'd see anyone outdo Krispy in incoherency. Congrats, sir.
 
2013-01-02 01:01:09 AM  
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Dim sum good, dim sum all time.
 
2013-01-02 02:26:33 AM  
[blissfully and very sloppily eats a pork bun]

[or five, or six...]
 
2013-01-02 04:37:18 AM  

Seth'n'Spectrum: Soymilk: There is only one language, Chinese. Mandarin and Cantonese (and frkkein and Hakka and Shanghai etc etc) are dialects.

Meh, the distinction between language and dialect is socio-political (boundary drawing as part of identity formation and all that). Cantonese and Mandarin are definitely further apart than, say, Italian and Spanish, or Croatian and Serbian.


Huh, interesting observation. Since Europeans want to see themselves as distinct nations, and celebrate their unique cultural identities, they have different languages; Whereas China wants to believe in One Big 5000 Year Ole Unified China, so they are only dialects.
 
2013-01-02 01:10:40 PM  

sendtodave: Seth'n'Spectrum: Soymilk: There is only one language, Chinese. Mandarin and Cantonese (and frkkein and Hakka and Shanghai etc etc) are dialects.

Meh, the distinction between language and dialect is socio-political (boundary drawing as part of identity formation and all that). Cantonese and Mandarin are definitely further apart than, say, Italian and Spanish, or Croatian and Serbian.

Huh, interesting observation. Since Europeans want to see themselves as distinct nations, and celebrate their unique cultural identities, they have different languages; Whereas China wants to believe in One Big 5000 Year Ole Unified China, so they are only dialects.


Have Mandarin and Cantonese evolved different grammar or just divergent pronunciation with the same word order?
 
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