Dim Sum represents a healthy eating style in Chinese culture. Traditionally, Dim Sum is served with tea, which quite resembles the combination of coffee and dessert in the British tradition. In America, I think Dim Sum is one of the few foods that still maintain typical Chinese taste and style, because too many foods are Americanized to accommodate the local taste.
Pretty interesting, Dim Sum literally means “TOUCH YOUR HEART.” It consists a variety of dumplings, steamed dishes and other goodies. The function of TEA in this eating tradition is to help digestion and cleanse the palate. With hundreds of years of precipitation, the making of Dim Sum developed into an art. It requires complicated procedures to make each dish look beautiful, smell good, and taste flavorful.
With a couple of small shared dishes, who doesn’t enjoy a lazy afternoon with friends? For most Dim Sum restaurants in China, the atmosphere is hardly conducive to romance. Instead, it’s a place of noise and fun. People talk and laugh loudly, which is also considered a good approach to stress relieve.
This is quite different from the American fast food culture here. In contrast, Chinese people enjoy the time that they spend with friends or families in a dim sum restaurant. They don’t like to buy a fast-cooked food, take it away, and eat it alone. In the Cantonese area, people go to a certain restaurant day after day. Thus, people would develop a group of often-see friends, and gossip about their neighborhood.
But now in the market, Dim Sum is also on a fast-food trend in order to follow people’s fast living pace. It is packaged, and quick-freezed. Microwaved it, and then it’s ready to be on table. When eating the fast-microwaved Dim Sum, I feel like it’s losing sort of cultural essence, because it no longer has the enjoyful and gossiping environment that should be accompanied with.