Dim Sum


by: Mackenzie Goodman September 2019

Roll, stuff, pinch, fold, repeat.
This is the art of dim sum.

Like any good dim sum kitchen, our dumplings, wontons, and rolls are made by hand every day. Each plate is unique, reflecting the true passion of the maker. It's a meditative practice that takes tremendous skill, an eye for detail, and most importantly, a genuine love what you're creating.

But where did this meticulously crafted Chinese staple originate?

To answer that, we need to rewind a few hundred years, back to ancient China and the Silk Road, a network of highly trafficked trade routes. There, dim sum started as a breakfast tradition for travelers and was served as a small snack paired with tea. Today, dim sum has evolved beyond a breakfast staple and into a brunch, lunch, and dinner favorite across the world.

Detailed Dim Sum

So, why the name "dim sum"? It's actually a Cantonese term. Dim, meaning "to touch," and sum, meaning "the heart." It's a pretty appropriate name for such a versatile, beloved dish. Savory, sweet, steamed, baked, or fried, dim sum has the magical ability to satisfy almost any craving without leaving you feeling weighed down.

Dim Sum Wrapper

Dim sum rolling in itself is an art form. Everything from the size of the dim sum wrapper, the seasoning of the mix, to the ratio of filling, needs to be perfect. And then there's a variety of folding techniques! This level of precision takes years of practice and determination to truly master, something our dim sum rollers understand better than anyone.

Folding Dim Sum

The key to the perfect dim sum experience might surprise you. It's not new, boundary-pushing flavors or the biggest, most overstuffed rolls – it's sharing. Dim sum is traditionally served on small plates to encourage passing, sharing, and communicating. So go ahead and order a little of this and a little of that; just be sure to save a few bites for everyone else.