|Char siu bao (bbq pork bun) is also dim sum!|
In London China Town there are still a couple of restaurants that use trolleys to serve their dim sum. Unfortunately all of this restaurant business can be a bit pricey for a Chinese Londoner like me. So the obvious option is to buy ready made frozen or refrigerated dim sum - you're paying less for more! If you go into any Chinese supermarket you will always find a frozen section.
|Inside a char siu bao|
|Siu mai - pork and prawn dumplings in a wanton wrapper|
Then what do you do with these?
First, you start off with a large pan that has a lid, place some water into it (about halfway), take a large plate where the edges curve upwards (similar to a bowl, but the middle is flat). Depending on what you've got i.e. siu maai or ha gaau, place a little oil into the plate and spread all over so that the dim sum doesn't stick too much to the plate.
If you have buns or lo mai gai, you do not need to put any oil into the plate. Place the plate into the pan, cover with a lid and steam for about 15 minutes (or whatever it says on the package).
|Yummy siu mai!|
The best thing to do if you are not sure about what dim sum is, is to try them in a restaurant.
Here's a news article to show you where you should go in London, check out these dim sum restaurants.
From personal experience (when I used to go) I recommend New World 新世界 - although expensive, it is one of the biggest Chinese restaurants in London China Town.
Check out my second post...