Dim sum (simplified Chinese: 点心; traditional Chinese: 點心; pinyindiǎnxīnCantonese Yaledímsām) is a style of Chinese cuisine. It is prepared as small bite-sized portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on a small plate. Dim sum is generally considered Cantonese, although other varieties exist. Dim sum dishes are usually served with tea and together form a full tea brunch. Due to the Cantonese tradition of enjoying tea with this cuisine, yum cha (simplified Chinese: 饮茶; traditional Chinese: 飲茶; pinyinyǐn chá), which means “drink tea” in Cantonese, is also synonymous with dim sum.[1] Dim sum traditionally are served as fully cooked, ready-to-serve dishes. In some Cantonese teahouses, carts with dim sum are served around the restaurant.

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