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dim sum

[dim suhm] /ˈdɪm ˈsʌm/
noun, Chinese Cookery.
1.
small dumplings, usually steamed or fried and filled with meat, seafood, vegetables, condiments, etc.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; < Chinese dial. (Guangdong) dím sàm, equivalent to Chinese diǎnxīn (diǎn dot, speck + xīn heart)
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  • Stay away from dim sum at dinner, because that's a late morning and lunchtime food.
  • Simple to prepare, and a typical end to a dim sum meal, but the key is freshness of the greens.
  • He remembers one afternoon spent in the shadows of a dim sum restaurant.
  • Volunteers served special teas along with a variety of sweet and savory dim sum.
  • Convenience stores earn sizable revenues from prepared foods such as hot dogs, dim sum and ice cream.
  • He also selected the music played in the restaurant on weeknights as well as dim sum brunch.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture by having a proper breakfast of dim sum.
  • Traditional dim sum is served here, with the dinner menu also including shark fin soup, steamed lobster and braised abalone.
  • Grab a dim sum here, a bowl of noodles there and a dish of shrimp wonton.
British Dictionary definitions for dim sum

dim sum

/ˈdɪm ˈsʌm/
noun
1.
a Chinese appetizer of steamed dumplings containing various fillings
Word Origin
Cantonese
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Word Origin and History for dim sum
n.

1948, from Cantonese dim sam (Chinese dianxin) "appetizer," said to mean literally "touch the heart."

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