Top 15 Most Popular Chinese Dim Sum

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Steamed Pork and Shrimp Dumplings (Shaomai) 烧麦


The juicy steamed pork and shrimp dumplings are usually filled with bamboo shoots, water chestnut, or dehydrated mushrooms. If you like some other flavor, you can dip it into soy sauce, vinegar, or chili sauce.

Shrimp Dumplings 虾饺


Shrimp dumplings are just so fantastic. The rice flour wrapper is silky, the shrimp is fresh and springy, and the bursting pork fat is so juicy that altogether make the dumplings an all-time favorite dim sum.

BBQ Pork Buns 叉烧包


There’s nothing more enjoyable than eating classic BBQ pork buns in a local Guangzhou dim sum restaurant. The fluffy rice wrapper and the soft, slightly sweet and salty BBQ pork are so matching.

Flowing Egg Custard Buns 流沙包


These steamed egg custard buns are one of the most popular dim sum. They are stuffed with an oozy, sticky egg custard that tastes sweet and salty, a little granular, and when served steaming hot, you just can’t stop eating them.

Steamed Rice Flour Roll 肠粉


Originating in Luoding, Guangdong province, the Steamed Rice Noodle Roll is popular around the country, among which the Steamed Rice Noodle Roll in Guangzhou, Puning, Chaoshan, and Yufu is the most well-known. They are transparent and have an elastic and sweet taste, served with soy sauce and lettuce. The peanut butter and a variety of side dishes are often added.

Fried Turnip Cake 萝卜糕


Turnip Cake is another famous dim sum you must try in Guangdong. It’s basically shredded turnip and rice flour fried in a pan.

Century Egg and Lean Meat Porridge 皮蛋瘦肉粥


This Century Egg and Lean Meat porridge sound adventurous for foreigners. But if you really try, you will never forget it. You can order this famous porridge in almost any dim sum restaurant and get a fantastic taste.

Little slices of fermented, potent century egg are mixed in the porridge and cook for hours, giving you an intense flavor that you would possibly love deeply.

Fried Noodle 炒面


In Southern China, there are a couple of different noodles as those in northern China or other countries. The most common fry noodle is that thin, yellow egg noodles, usually fried with beef, veg, eggs and served with chili sauce.

Chicken Feet 凤爪


Chicken feet! It’s kind of horrible food when most foreigners heard it. But when you try it in Guangzhou, I believe you will think it tastes good and recommend it to your friends. The chicken feet are fried and then steamed, giving the skin a fluffy texture.

Portuguese Egg Tart 蛋挞


In the 1920s, there was fierce competition among major department stores in Guangdong province. In order to attract customers, the chefs of department stores designed a special dessert every week.

It was at this time that egg tarts appeared in Guangzhou and gradually become a famous Cantonese dim sum. Egg tart is a kind of Western-style pie with egg pulp as filling.

The method is to put the crust into a small bowl-shaped cake mold, then pour into the egg pulp mixed with sugar, and then bake in the oven. The baked egg tart has crisp outer layer and sweet yellow solidified egg pulp inner layer.

Pineapple Bun 菠萝包


Pineapple Bun is a kind of sweet bread invented in Hong Kong. It has no pineapple as ingredients in fact and no filling is stuffed at all. It is said that the Pineapple Bun is named for its golden yellow and pineapple-like appearance after baking.

The main ingredients are bread flour, berry sugar, butter, and so on. The Pineapple Bun is crisp outside and soft and sweet inside.

Durian Cake 榴莲酥


Durian Cake, a dessert baked with durian pulp and flour, is originated from Thailand. In recent years, it has gradually been accepted and loved by Chinese people. The golden Durian Cake with fresh and soft durian pulp and crispy skin make your mouth-water.

Spring Rolls 春卷


Spring Rolls are traditional and famous Chinese dim sums and are often eaten during the Chinese New Year. The thin and square flour wrappers are stuffed with fillings and deep-fry until golden. Spring rolls made in this way are crisp and fragrant. It is served with Worcestershire sauce.

Steamed Spareribs with Black Beans 豉汁蒸排骨


Steamed Spareribs with Black Beans is one of dim sum dishes which is delicious and has the aroma of fermented black beans and garlic. It is very easy and fast to make it.

First, chop the spareribs into small pieces and scald them with cooking wine. Heat up the wok or pan with oil, and add chopped ginger and green onion. Stir-fry.

Add in fermented black beans, tangerine peel powder, sugar, dark soy sauce, cooking wine, monosodium glutamate, chopped peppers, and stir-fry until fragrant.

Mix the spareribs with cooked fermented black beans, chopped peppers, starchy flour, and sesame oil and steam for 30 minutes. Chopped green onion can be sprinkled with when it is done.

It tastes salty, tender, and succulent.

Water Chestnut Cake 马蹄糕


Dating back to Tang Dynasty (618 – 907), the dark yellow and translucent Water Chestnut Cake with its sweet, soft and smooth flavor is favored by the Guangdong people. It is just made from water chestnut powder and syrup.

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