Dim Sum to Order
Above: various "Dim-sum" dishes available in Hong Kong
dim sum restaurants.
means "snacks" in Cantonese. People in Hong Kong like
to go to dim sum restaurants especially for breakfast, brunch, or
lunch. In some restaurants, dim sum are loaded in carts and pushed
around for patrons to order, while in others, you check what you
want on a dim sum sheet and place the order with the waiter. Left:
Chiu Chow style dumplings ("Chiu Chau fun gwor")
Above: mini egg tarts
shrimp dumplings ("ha gau")
roast pork bun ("cha siu bao")
Some typical "dim sum" to
- spring rolls ("chun guen") - crunchy on the outside
and soft on the inside, much better than what you find in Chinese
restaurant buffets in the U.S.! A little dish of vinegar usually
comes with it.
- shrimp dumplings ("ha gau") - usually contain just
strimps inside; usually come in fours
- broth-filled dumplings ("goon tong gau") - come
in ones or fours, the single ones usually have shark's fin in
- pork dumplings ("siu my") - usually come in fours
- beef / shrimp / roast pork pasta ("cheung fun")
- usually comes in three 6-inch long pieces
- roast pork bun ("cha siu bao") - usually come in
threes or twos
- roast pork pie ("cha siu so") - usually come in
- lotus leaf
rice - rice cooked in a lotus leaf with some other ingredients
- water-chestnut cake ("ma tai go") - usually come
in threes, slightly sweet
- egg tart ("daan
tard") - usually come in threes, slightly sweet
- bean curd
gelatin ("tofu fa") - smooth, sweet.
- deep-fried breadsticks wrapped in pasta ('ja leung') - the
Cantonese name means 'deep-fried pair'; it's soft on the outside
and crunchy on the inside.
- beef balls ("ngau yurk") - if you like beef.
Above: the locals call it 'ja leung'
- meaning deep-fried pair.
Above left: pork dumplings ("siu
right: spring rolls
Above left: lotus seed paste buns
("lin yung bao"; sweet)Above
right: roast pork pie ("cha siu so")
Above: roast pork pasta ("cha
siu cheung fan")
Chinese Food to Order
Above: dry stir fried beef noodles
("gon chau ngau hor")
Some good dishes (non-dim sum dishes) to order in a typical
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- Chinese style beef sirloin ("chung sik ngau lao")
- slightly sweet and sour
- boneless lemon chicken ("sai ling gin yuen gai")
- salt and garlic shrimp ("jiu yim ha") - usually
- pork stir-fried noodles ("yurk si chau meen") -
pork strips with bean sprouts with sauce over thin crispy noodles
- dry stir-fried beef noodles ("gon chau ngau hor")
- beef slices stir-fried with flat rice noodles