Dim sum is a Chinese tradition that started out in roadside establishments in Canton where vendors provided weary travelers with tea and a snack. Eventually, the popularity of the bite-sized dishes surpassed the tea, and dim sum transformed into a leisurely family meal that is often enjoyed on weekends or holidays. Because there are many dim sum dishes to choose from, the key is to share so that you make sure you get a taste of everything you’re served. To help you decipher the dim sum options and make your order a little smoother, here are 14 dim sum dishes — ranging from savory to sweet — that should become staples at your table.
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