When we say dim sims, we think Chinese, right? Wrong! Dim sim is an Australian food invention by Melbourne entrepreneur, William Wing Young. On the contrary, Dim sum is a traditional Chinese cuisine that originated in Southern China. Both are filled with minced kinds of meat, cabbage, seasoning, or simply minced vegetables encased in rice paper or doughy pastry. These mouth-watering dim sims or dim sums are a guilt-free treat, served in a variety of ways including fried or steamed! It resembles traditional Chinese dumplings and is a crowd favorite at any gatherings or simply a grab-and-go food on the run.
Dim sims have evolved and have become popular with daring and innovative recipes eg dim sims on pizza. First gaining popularity in the 1940s, dim sims have since become an iconic dish in Australia and beyond! In India, its popularity has skyrocketed as an international fast-food favorite dish, especially the dim sum version.
They are hearty dumplings propelled into stardom alongside popular fish and chips but it maintained its identity perhaps due to its unique name “ dim sim” or “dim sum”. The art of making this unique culinary cuisine is intriguing. Bite-sized and tantalizing the taste buds, these delicacies are enjoyed at any time of the day. Wherever you go in the world, you are bound to find dim sums or dim sims, as either a street food star or as starters in both humble takeaway storefronts to glittering restaurant palaces serving hundreds of diners at a time.
Dim sums are appetizing and eye-catching on any platter. The smoothness of the encasing when steamed is to die for. The flavor inside is amazing too, both veg and non-veg. This Asian fast food may be a quick and easy meal but the showcasing is displayed with intense passion. Steamed using towers of jumbo-sized bamboo steamers, the authenticity oozes with character. Add on bamboo sticks or skewers to eat with, one devours this incredible dish with ease. Authenticity has a price.
This popular Asian starter is a pride for its creator and the enthusiasm with which the diners enjoy is enough to say that dim sims or dim sums are here to stay as one of many Asian cuisines. Chefs around the world have mastered the simple culinary art of making this mouthwatering delight. Who doesn’t love soft, steaming veg or non-veg dim sum or crispy crunchy dim sim? Try it with your favorite tea.
A hotelier and restauranteur with more than two decades of experience in the F&B and Hospitality industries, Sachin Pabreja is Co-founder of EazyDiner, India’s only instant table reservation platform. He is passionate about changing the landscape of the Indian F&B industry. Prior to EazyDiner, Sachin worked at The Imperial, Grand Hyatt as well as Claridges Hotel in New Delhi and remains focussed and committed to creating innovative and exceptional products in the F&B and Hospitality industries.
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