Siu mai, har gow, jar leung, sin jok guen. These are all types of dim sum. But do you know what they look like, and what’s in them? Can you pronounce their names in Cantonese, or recognize them on a menu? Can you confidently order dim sum for you and your friends — especially if any of them have dietary restrictions?
Australian-Chinese writer Liza Chu has a part-time career as a Hong Kong dim sum guide. She has distilled her knowledge of Cantonese cuisine and Chinese dining etiquette into this practical guidebook to delicious dim sum. Each photographed dish is identified with Chinese characters and a pronunciation guide. Icons alert those with allergies or special diets, and there’s a special listing of dim sum dishes most popular with children. Master chefs explain their cooking methods, and even the art of tea drinking is covered in detail. Take this book to your nearest dim sum restaurant and let Liza show you how to yum cha like a local!
“It’s one of those books you pick up and wonder, ‘Why has it taken so long for someone to come up with this?’ Dim Sum: A Survival Guide, by Australian-Chinese Liza Chu, is a small volume that gives basic information about most of the steamed, deep-fried, pan-fried, baked and roasted treats that whiz past bewildered non-Cantonese speakers in dim sum restaurants worldwide.” — South China Morning Post
“Have you ever struggled to know what to order when going for dim sum? Dim Sum: A Survival Guide is a practical guidebook with beautiful photography, icons for allergies or dietary requirements and children’s favourites. For those new to town there are phonetic pronunciations to guide you in saying the names. This great book is rounded off with cooking tips from the top dim sum chefs around, and a guide to the art of tea drinking.” — Foodie Magazine
“Like most long-time Hong Kong residents, I’ve consumed hundreds of dim sum lunches (what the locals also call yum cha, meaning to sip tea while eating). But being non-Chinese, I knew few proper names for the delicate food items and little about them, except the tastes. My ignorance evaporated when reading a tiny book, Dim Sum, A Survival Guide. Thanks to author Liza Chu, now I can explain the details of Chinese dim sum to other diners.” — Cairns Media Magazine