Saturday, March 11, 2006

HOORAY - DIM SUM DAY!




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I'm so glad you can share out Dim Sum with us today!

This is the sweet couple who run our local O'Delights Bakery. They are always happy-go-lucky, with a quick joke or smile to brighten your day. They call us Mr and Mrs Miles :)

What is Dim Sum? A Cantonese term, Dim Sum translates into "to touch your heart". Literally meaning "to touch your heart," dim sum consists of a variety of dumplings, steamed dishes and other goodies such as the famous egg custard tarts. They are similar to hors d'oeuvres, the hot and cold delicacies served at French restaurants. Originally a Cantonese custom, dim sum is inextricably linked to the Chinese tradition of "yum cha" or drinking tea. Travelers journeying along the famous Silk Road needed a place to rest, so teahouses began springing up along the roadside. Rural farmers, exhausted after long hours working in the fields, would also head to the local teahouse for an afternoon of tea and relaxing conversation. Still, it took several centuries for the culinary art of dim sum to develop. It was originally considered inappropriate to combine tea with food - in fact a famous 3rd century Imperial physician claimed this would lead to excessive weight gain. However, as tea's ability to aid in digestion and cleanse the palate became known, tea house proprietors began adding a variety of snacks, and the tradition of dim sum was born.

I've copied this info from the following site...please visit it to read the rest of the history, its fascinating!

http://chinesefood.about.com/library/weekly/aa070700a.htm

Now I must go help my patient husband work on some graphics! Have a wonderful Day!

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