Posts tagged dim sum
Dim-Sum-Style Braised Chicken Feet with black bean sauce

Dim Sum style braised chicken feet is a clever Cantonese way to transform the least desirable part of a bird into something delicious. If you’re new to Dim Sum, steamed chicken feet, also known as Phoenix Talons or Phoenix Claws, is one of the many classic Dim Sum offerings. If you don’t recognize chicken feet on the Dim Sum menu, simply say Feng Zhao to the nice cart ladies and you will be served a small bowl of chewy cartilage poultry goodness.

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Vietnamese Silken Tofu in Ginger Syrup Dessert (Tau Hu Nuoc Duong)

Silken Tofu in Ginger Syrup (Tau Hu Nuoc Duong) is a light and delicate Vietnamese/Chinese dessert. You may have seen this dessert as one of the many offerings at Dim Sum. In Vietnam, this dessert is commonly sold as street food.

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Hong Kong Style Pan-Fried Soy Sauce Noodles (Mi Xao Xi Dau)

If you want to work out your arms, forget the gym. Make either fried rice or fried noodles. Nothing tones up the arms more than tossing things around in a wok.

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Dim Sum Shrimp Dumplings (Har Gow/Ha Cao)

To eat dim sum is to eat leisurely. You savor the yummy bite-sized portions of Cantonese food while sipping hot tea in between each bite. I love everything that is Dim Sum, and one of my favorite dim sum dishes is Há Cảo (or Har Gow in Cantonese).

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Stir-Fried Clams in Black Bean Sauce (Oc Xao Gung Dau Den)

Stir-fried clams with ginger is a classic Vietnamese clam dish. Add a bit of black bean sauce and you'll get a classic Chinese Dim Sum dish. The fermented black bean sauce is incredibly salty so a little goes a long way. Because both the clams liquor and fermented black bean sauce are both salty, we have to balance out the flavors with quite a bit of sugar and/or hoisin sauce (a sweet sauce). Once you establish the perfect balance between sweet and salty in the dish, the result is amazingly delicious. Serve it by itself as an appetizer or with steamed rice as a complete entree. 

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Vietnamese Steamed Pork Buns (Banh Bao)

Vietnamese Steamed Pork Buns, or Bánh Bao, are fluffy savory buns made with ground pork, mushrooms, hard boiled eggs and Chinese sausages. It's simple and delicious on-the-go food. Everything you need in a meal conveniently fits in the palm of your hand.

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Dim Sum: Chinese Soup Dumpling (Xiao Long Bao)

Xiao Long Bao, also known XLB for short or Little Dragon Buns for a literal translation, are steamed dumplings made of ground pork and pork broth. The common question with XLB is how they get the broth inside the dumpling. The answer fascinated me and many others. To get the broth inside the dumpling, the pork broth is made ahead of time from slowly simmering pork bones with skin on them. The broth is then chilled and the gelatin from the pork skins solidifies the pork broth. It is cubed up then mixed together with the ground pork filling. The filling is encased into a thin flour wrapper and then steamed in a bamboo basket.

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Shrimp Paste Sugar Cane Skewers (Chao Tom)

Sugar cane shrimp skewer or Chao Tom is a traditional Vietnamese appetizer. It is typically served in dinner banquets at Asian weddings and other special occasions and also one of the many offerings at Dim Sum. You can eat them directly as finger foods, or remove the shrimp from the skewer and wrap it in lettuce and dip with a Vietnamese fish sauce dipping sauce.

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