Dim Sum: A Pocket Guide

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With its small plates and endless assortment of dishes, dim sum is an increasingly popular way to do brunch. For those new to this fun feast, or regulars looking to try a different dish, Dim Sum is the ultimate guidebook to this traditional Chinese meal. Perfect for popping into a purse or pocket, this handy guide identifies the 50 most popular dim sum dishes with full-color photographs, short descriptions of the ingredients, the names of the dishes in English and Cantonese, and how to pronounce them. As the ...

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Overview

With its small plates and endless assortment of dishes, dim sum is an increasingly popular way to do brunch. For those new to this fun feast, or regulars looking to try a different dish, Dim Sum is the ultimate guidebook to this traditional Chinese meal. Perfect for popping into a purse or pocket, this handy guide identifies the 50 most popular dim sum dishes with full-color photographs, short descriptions of the ingredients, the names of the dishes in English and Cantonese, and how to pronounce them. As the carts roll by, a quick glance at the book will tell a jean gow choy bang (chive dumpling) from mong gwor bo deen (mango pudding), and demystify the contents of that bamboo steamer. With tips on restaurant etiquette and how-tos for everything from refilling the teapot to handling chopsticks, Dim Sum is yum yum for everyone.

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Ordering dim sum is usually a pick and point operation, transcending any language barrier, as carts of foods roll by. "Dim Sum, A Pocket Guide" by Kit Shan Li explains about 50 items, giving Chinese transliterations of the names and clear, appetizing photographs. Steamed pork dumplings, shrimp dumplings, barbecued pork buns and spring rolls share the pages with duck feet and tripe. But where are the popular pot sticker dumplings? Tea etiquette (taking the lid off the pot when you want a refill) is explained, but not the protocol of different size plates for tallying the bill. There is a diagram for using chopsticks. -The New York Times

Want to sound like less of a tourist from Iowa when the dim sum trolley rolls around? "Dim Sum, a Pocket Guide," by Kit Shan Li features photos and descriptions of the most common dim sum items, from dumplings to desserts. The little dishes are identified by their Chinese and English names, with main ingredients listed.
The author cautions that individual restaurants may do some variations, but the sturdy little red book, which will fit into a coat pocket or purse, can take a lot of guess work out of your ordering. Don't cotton to the idea of marinated beef stomach? Just say "nor my guy," which is not a reference to your main squeeze, but indicates that you prefer glutinous rice and chicken accented with mushrooms, dried shrimp and pork, wrapped in a lotus leaf. But you always knew that. -San Francisco Chronicle

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811841788
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Edition description: POCKET
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 340,280
  • Product dimensions: 3.50 (w) x 5.12 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Kit Shan Li is an award-winning designer and graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she now calls home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Striking

    Glad youre back too. I was going to be on last night but between the damn city we went to and we got home half hour till midnight and i havent been sleeping well, yeah, it just fell through...now im wishing i could disappear...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Fox

    Havent slept alot either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    EVERCLAN

    APPRENTICES' DEN

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    Worth it for the pictures alone.

    Exactly what a pocket guide should be--simple and straightforward, it lists the most common Dim Sum dishes. Each has a photograph, the name of the dish in Chinese and its pronunciation in English, a description and a list of the main ingredients.

    The intro is the idiot's guide to how not to make a fool of yourself in a Dim Sum restaurant, and also includes a guide to common sauces and ingredients used in Dim Sum.

    Bottom line: A useful little no-nonsense guidebook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    A Dim Sum Lover

    I found this book very helpful. I moved to San Diego and I went to Dim Sum many times and then I found this book a great bring along to Dim Sum. It shows you how to say what you each item is and I have put it to very good use.

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